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UPDATE: Grass Too Tall in Perry Hall?

Find out who to call about unruly turf in the Perry Hall area.

UPDATE (June 26, 4:50 p.m.)—The grass along Honeygo Boulevard's median strip was mowed by county contractors on Tuesday morning.

See the article, , for details.

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UPDATE (June 25, 2:17 p.m.)— is fed up with near her neighborhood—especially when it happens to be growing on county-owned property.

"In Perry Hall, we pay too much in taxes to put up with this eyesore. It just looks terrible," said Smith, who lives off Honeygo Boulevard, between Joppa and Belair roads.

Her biggest concern is overgrown median strips along Honeygo.

"It's tall and brown. People throw trash in there. The next thing you know, we'll have rats," she said.

A worker for the Baltimore County Property Management Division told Patch that grass on county property is generally mowed every two weeks, but residents should call the county to report any neglected areas.

When it comes to public property in need of a trim, residents should call 410-887-3827, and an operator within the county executive's office will direct them to the appropriate constituent services representative. If the problem is on private property, residents should call 410-887-3351 for Code Inspections and Enforcement.

In either case, residents should be prepared to provide the address of the problem area, so inspectors know where to check it out.

told Patch that residents could also contact his office at 410-887-3384 for assistance. His office recently helped homeowners get cut, he said.

Marks added that there have been positive comments from residents about the mowing of ballfields this year.

Smith said she hopes for a quick response from officials about the tall grass.

"It looks like we don't care, but people in Perry Hall do care," she said. 

What are some of the most overgrown public property areas in Perry Hall? Tell us in the comments.

You June 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I have completely noticed that too! I just mentioned to some people recently if they noticed the grass in parks, medians and other state and county properties aren't cut as much as they used to be. One of the parks locally I frequent with my dog I have noticed the grass has gotten over 8 inches tall in well used areas recently.
Kris June 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Tim, I can see by your Darth Vader image and sharp wit that you are clearly a force to be reckoned with. In the future I will be sure to tread lightly around you, and other members of the math club. I dont want you guys coming after me with your pocket protectors and dental gear flailing about.
You June 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Food for thought: Tall, brown (dried) out grass and weeds are very dangerous when it comes to brush fires. Two/ three years ago there were many roadside grass and brush fires along rt 100, 97, and 295. Putting out these fires cost much more than just cutting the grass once a week.
You June 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Grass and brush fires? That is very serious.
Tim June 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Again, Kris, you continue to prove to be clueless. Maybe the kitchen is a better place for you, moving forward. You can't possibly fail as hard there, as you are on this thread.
Mike Lurz June 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Fires such as that have to be set... No amount of lawn cutting will stop a deviant feom setting fires
You June 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Yes, almost all roadside fires begin because of irresponsible people throwing cigarettes out the window and sometimes by lightening and such. However, shorter grass does not burn as fast as tall grass does. Less kindling = less chances.
Jon June 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
To be honest, that landscaping company never took good care of the roundabout since it was built. It definitely needs to be updated. But how about the community, or PHIA look to take care of it? I don't know that the County has to do everything. It might be nice to have the residents involved.
Kris June 26, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Dear Darth Vader Tim, AKA, Toughie Mctougherson, Its ok for you to be upset. I would be upset too, if I were you. Its important that you strive to reach beyond your own inadequacies, though. Just because you were born with so many faults, doesnt mean you can't keep working to improve yourself. I know it must be frustrating to be facing 40 and to not yet know the love of a woman, but there is hope for you. There are legal brothels in Nevada that cater to people in your exact situation. Sincerely, your son, Luke
Honeygo Hal June 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Okay, so let's make sure to arrest those deviant storm clouds - will you volunteer to lead our "Lightning Posse?" We also need a crew to control the Random Acts of Hot Truck Exhaust and The Sparks That Couldn't Shoot Straight...
Jon June 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Heather, can you elaborate on the "community apathy and lack of community interest"? I'm not sure what you are referring to. I think everyone in the area is interested in a Roundabout that looks good, and I never saw anything saying that there was a need for something to happen. So I'm not sure where the apathy and lack of interest is coming from. I would love to know if there was something that I missed there.
Ellsworth June 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Maybe the county could trim it's labor force and have the money to take care of these type of issues.
John Doe June 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
If we had more "math club" members, we would be a better society. Next time there is 5th grader who wins a math/science event, Kris, be sure to attend and mock the kid for being smart.
John Doe June 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Kris....I was listening to Fatboy Slim this morning and there is a song called "stop the hate" - perfect for this post - also, I would like to sign up for classes to learn the "love of a woman."
John Doe June 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
P.S. I was my school mascot, Toughy Tornado, in high school.
Sue June 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
One word, folks-Rats. Tall grass draws them, and they will soon come to your house and shed, eating your birdseed and getting into your garbage cans. No, tall grass is not attractive, but when it becomes a public health issue, it is a serious problem.
Mike Lurz June 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Rats only go where they have a food/ water source, if people leave behind food garbage then rats will follow, tall grass or not
Sue June 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This is true, but with fast food trash being jettisoned, they have food, and tall grass for shelter. Maybe by elimating the food and the shelter, we can keep PH rat-free.
You June 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I guess when Marks speaks... Marks gets. All day today the county has been cutting all the grass along Honeygo Blvd. And they even had the brush cutters out too. Dam.
John Doe June 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
"squeaky wheel gets the grease" - when there is enough complaints, it (usually) gets done.
Mike Lurz June 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Perhaps the root of the theorized rat problem is slobs throwing trash, not lawn care?
Tracey June 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
alright kris...stop making assumptions. if anyone wears a pocket protector in our house, it's me.
Emily Kimball (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
UPDATE (June 26, 4:50 p.m.)—The grass along Honeygo Boulevard's median strip was mowed by county contractors on Tuesday morning. See the article, PHOTOS: Perry Hall Speaks, Honeygo Gets Mowed, for details - http://patch.com/A-v6BN
Shirley Smith June 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thank you Emily Kimball and David Marks! I didn't realize that this would generate such a storm of comments. Let's keep PH a community we can be proud of.
Tim June 27, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Kris: Who's upset? You're the one upset people are concerned about how their neighborhood looks...remember? I was just doing what I do, pointing out fools for who they are. Apparently, this bothers you. You know what they say about the truth hurting, and all that.
Tim June 27, 2012 at 03:27 AM
As Mel Brooks says "It's Good to be the King!™"
Tim June 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Mike: This opens up a different and similarly annoying topic: Slackers who don't have garbage cans. Holy cow, seriously on my street a good 50% of people don't own a garbage can. They just throw bags of trash out on Monday night. What do they do with the trash all week? I know they don't recycle half as much as we do. Those trash bags, I am just going to guess here, just sit on their back porch/deck all week until trash day. Not good, but another seemingly unattainable level of common decency too much of the gen pop can't seem to get their heads around. Someone else even had the county send out warnings about it - which made us laugh because it wasn't us who reported it.
Sue June 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Mike-I live next to an open field, which is adjacent to a fast food restaurant, ergo both trash and potentially long grass. All I can tell you is that when the grass is cut regularly, the rats go away. When it is not, the rats come back. There is always trash, so that is a constant.
Nick Palm September 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
See photos of the open space between Parkhurst Way and Bellhall Drive in Oakhurst.Has not been mowed by county since July 25th..
Other Tim September 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I live very close to that open space, and did not even know it existed. My suggestion is, if you use it, spend an extra few minutes with your neighbors and cut it yourselves. If you don't use it, let it grow.

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