Larkin: it used to be a 12-inch cut off? Now it is 8 inches?
Yannarelly: it has always been 8 inches?
Larkin: I had a neighbor who harassed me for several years, eventually I had to get a
restraining order, but he would constantly issue complaints for my yard not being up to
his liking. He’s since passed. I’m very on top of staying on top of my grass as a result.
I’m single and have health issues and can’t afford to pay someone. Specific to this
past summer, I got Covid the beginning of August and went back to Wisconsin to tend
to an elderly relative and was stuck quarantining there. The relative passed away and in
the meantime I didn’t even know this letter arrived. I was out of town for several weeks.
I guess that’s on me, I don’t have anyone to get my mail and if I would have anticipated
being gone as long as I was I perhaps could have arranged someone to do it. I didn’t
think it was long enough to be a concern.
Since the gentleman harassing me has passed away I didn’t know other neighbors
cared. The boulevard had an intended butterfly garden. They are pre-grown and I had
spread them on the boulevard, it was before the pandemic. It took 3 years for it to
grow. That’s what it was. It wasn’t weeds. He kind of swooped across the boulevard
fast in the video but you can see purple flowers. It didn’t impact anyone’s ability to walk
down the sidewalk. I thought it was beautiful and was happy it was growing. Whoever
cut it doesn’t know what it is and what to look for in terms of native plants. Should I
register that with the City? I thought it was beautiful.
If the grass on my yard was too long while I was out of town while battling an illness
and burying a relative then I guess, ok, I can’t do anything about that. I called the City
when I got home and asked what happened. He just told me I could appeal. I don’t get
the prairie grass and butterfly garden back now. After this I got another statement in
the mail about a tree that had fallen down in my backyard. It had been there a year
and a half and suddenly it was an issue? Why didn’t they take it when they cleared
everything else? The whole thing is upsetting. The tree is gone, obviously. I think I
take good care of my yard and do the best I can by myself. I don’t want to get into a
game with some crabby old dude down the street who has nothing better to do than
criticize other people’s yards. There’s nothing hazardous about my property, that’s what
I’ll say in closing. The whole thing had felt really sketchy.
Moermond: sounds like that tree order was issued October 17 and was a separate
matter. I can tell you the crew wouldn’t have been authorized to do anything beyond the
original letter. That would have been overreach and a bigger charge associated with the
work if they had. That wouldn’t have given you the legal opportunity to dispute it.
Larkin: I’m not disputing it; my point was it was a small mulberry tree I was letting
decompose naturally and it wasn’t bothering anyone but me and suddenly I am getting
a letter. The only reason I got the letter was because of the contractor being on my
property in the first place.
Moermond: I think that’s unlikely since that correction didn’t come forward until six
weeks later and the contractor was the City. They also don’t have a practice of referring
matters like that. With respect to the tall grass and weeds in front of me. The butterfly
garden seems to be in equal measure dandelions and butterfly garden and perhaps an
inspector not being educated. I am looking at a front yard in excess of 8 inches. I
need to look at whether the work was noticed, whether you had the opportunity to do it,
and whether the costs were associated with it.
Larkin: where the dandelions, are you seeing it on the photo? Primarily they are in the
back yard. I don’t remember them being on the boulevard at all.