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Grass Clippings and Roadways

When individuals mow their lawns and blow the clippings onto the street, it can create a hazardous situation. The accumulation of grass clippings on the roadway can be likened to a sheet of ice, posing significant risks to motorists, particularly motorcyclists and bicyclists, who are more prone to losing control due to their limited traction. This can lead to:

  • Accidents and injuries
  • Vehicle damage or even total loss
  • Potential legal consequences for the property owner or mower

The danger is not limited to the roads, as grass clippings can also clog storm drains in Village streets, leading to:

  • Flooding and property damage
  • Increased risk of waterborne diseases and pollution
  • Higher maintenance costs for the Village’s infrastructure

In fact, the Village of Merrillan has a specific ordinance in place about grass clippings. According to Section 6-2-18 of the Village’s ordinance, “Grass Clippings” shall not be allowed to accumulate on public streets or be dumped onto public right-of-way in such a way that they could wash into storm sewer drainage inlets in significant quantities.

To avoid putting others at risk and potentially facing these consequences, it is essential to mow your grass clippings into your yard or clean them up immediately after mowing. By doing so, you can help ensure a safer environment for all users of the roadways, protect your own property and assets, and comply with local regulations.

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