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COVENTRY, R.I.

Coventry homeowners must mow lawns, or else

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A new ordinance in Coventry requires property owners to mow their lawns or risk having the town put a lien on their house. WLNE-TV reported that the ordinance passed Monday night by the Town Council allows the town to issue a citation if the grass grows taller than 12 inches. Property owners then have 10 days to mow the grass. If they do not, the town may send a Department of Public Works employee to mow it, then place a lien on the property for the cost of the work. Town Council President Gary Cote told the station there have been complaints about unkempt lawns. He said people with hardships can seek an exemption.