Grass cutting fees shoot up in Gonzales

Wade McIntyre

The City of Gonzales is betting that it can price itself out of the grass mowing market.

Officials hope that rate increases adopted at the regular City Council meeting Monday will encourage home owners to keep grass less than six inches tall, and other property owners to keep grass mowed no more than a foot tall.

Before the rate increase, City Clerk Clay Stafford said the grass cutting fees for ordinance offenders were so low they were not punitive, or even the going market rate.

Some homeowners and businesses took advantage of the low rates to keep their properties trimmed, but those days appear to be over.

“We want to get out of the grass cutting business,” Stafford said.

The council unanimously doubled some private property cutting fees, and significantly raised others. Rates have jumped up to a minimum of $75, and can go as high as $125 for a city mow job, depending on the size of the lot.

Businesses and homeowners formerly paid just $35 to have the city cut lots measuring 50 by 120 feet.

The city will now make a profit on grass cutting, even after adding in administrative fees, Stafford said.

The new law means it will generally be cheaper for residents to hire a grass cutter, rather than wait for the city to cut the grass and assess its new fees.

In unrelated business, city engineer Glenn Shaheen reported that the city’s new one million gallon water tower will be soon be providing water.

The exterior paint job is complete, except for touch-up work, and the inside paint job is undergoing a two-week curing process before it handles water. When the tower is brought on line flow lines tests will be conducted.

Shaheen said he has received many favorable comments about the water tower, and that it is “something people will recognize and remember.”

Shaheen also reported that four turn lane projects are underway in the city, at Orice Roth Road and Hwy. 44, Cornerview Road and Airline Highway, West Worthey Road and Hwy. 44, and Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 44.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux reported that he received a phone call Kansas City Southern Railroad and was advised that a team would be sent to pick up discarded railroad ties near Ratcliff’s Florist located at the corner of E. Ascension and E. Railroad.