25 Jul '11, 2pm
This is ridiculous! - City of Austin Chops Down Shrubs, Sprays Herbicides... After Praising Resident's Garden
This is exactly what happened to Laura Croteau of Austin, Texas. On May 9th, Ms. Croteau received a letter from the City of Austin's "Wildlife Austin" program, complimenting her Earth-friendly wildlife garden, stating that it was "a beautiful yard [that] would be perfect to showcase." On May 25th, she received a different letter, this time from the city of Austin's Forestry Department, stating that her garden violates city ordinances. In part, the complaint was that the sunflowers she planted were too tall, her wildflowers needed to be cut back, shrubs should be trimmed into shapes and placed in defined, maintained beds. Failure to comply could result in a $2000 fine and (this is getting old, now) being charged with a misdemeanor. Croteau has plenty of examples of properties in her neighborhood that have the same issues hers does, yet they aren't being cited. The issue is ...