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"I'd like to torch it!" Woman frustrated over neighbor's lawn, wants county ordinance


Lisa Howe has lived about 1.5-miles outside Dunkerton for 8-years.

She likes spending time outside except she said there's one problem: her neighbor's yard.

"Would you like to look at that? You would be as frustrated as I am," she said.

Howe said her neighbor's yard has become an eyesore, and she's frustrated with her view across the street.

"I'd like to torch it! But then I would be breaking the law. I don't know what else to do," she said.

Howe said she spent days trying to reach someone who could tell her neighbor to take care of the yard.

"It's very frustrating when everybody you try to call don't know the answers, pass you to a different department, they don't...they keep doing it you know. It's just not fair. It's not right," she said.

Howe said she got the runaround from city and county officials, and no one seemed to know how to handle the problem which she believed was a violation.

"I understand that there can be confusion on it, but if you live in an unincorporated area, it's the County Board of Supervisors who has the authority to take action," said Black Hawk County Supervisor Frank Magsamen.

Magsamen said, however, there is no code violation regarding lawn length in the county.

When Howe found out the answer it wasn't the one she wanted to hear.

She said she didn't know what was more frustrating: how long it took to get an answer, or that there's no ordinance preventing it.

"If Waterloo, Dunkerton and everybody else can have an ordinance, why can't we have an ordinance here?" she asked.

Howe said she's willing to do whatever it takes to get a lawn ordinance passed in her neighborhood so she doesn't have to look at the eyesore across her street so often.

The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors said to call its office if there are any questions about an ordinance and where it's enforced.

That phone number is (319) 833-3003.

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