NOTICE TO LODI TOWNSHIP PROPERTY OWNERS
DUTY TO CUT OR DESTROY WEEDS
Pursuant to the LODI TOWNSHIP WEED ORDINANCE, Ordinance No. 2011-003, all weeds not cut or destroyed by May 1, 2014, as required by the Ordinance, may be cut by Lodi Township and the owner of the property will be charged with the costs. After May 1, 2014, Lodi Township may continue to cut weeds as many times as is necessary throughout the year and charge the costs to the property owner. Any person who fails to cut or destroy weeds as required, in addition to the cost of cutting, will be deemed responsible for a municipal civil infraction with a fine of $50 plus costs for a first offense and a fine of $100 plus costs for each subsequent offense, and be subject to the other remedies set forth in the Ordinance.
For the purpose of this ordinance, “weeds” shall include Canada thistle (Circium arvense), dodders (any species of Cuscuta), mustards (charlock, black mustard and Indian mustard, species of Brassica or Sinapis), wild carrot (Daucus carota), bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis), hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), ragweed (ambrosia elatior 1) and poison ivy (rhus toxicodendron), poison sumac (toxicodendron vernix) or other plant that in the opinion of the Township Board, coming under the provisions of the Noxious Weeds Act, Public Act 359 of 1941, as amended (MCL 247.61, et seq.), is regarded as a common nuisance.
Pursuant to the Ordinance, it is the duty of all owners, agents, or occupants of land (1) Within platted subdivisions in which buildings have been erected upon 60 percent or more of the lots, and (2) On parcels of land along improved streets in common usage within the township, to a depth of one hundred sixty five (165) feet or the depth of the ownership, whichever is the lesser; upon which weeds, as defined in the ordinance, are growing, to destroy the weeds before they reach a seed-bearing stage, and to prevent the weeds from perpetuating themselves and from becoming a detriment to public health. Farm fields devoted to growing any small grain crops such as wheat, oats, barley, or rye are exempted from the Ordinance.
Noxious weeds may be treated and eradicated by: mechanical methods such as disking, cutting, and mowing, herbicides as approved by state and federal agencies.
A copy of the complete Ordinance is available on the Township website, www.twp-lodi.org , or at the Lodi Township office, 3755 Pleasant Lake Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. The office hours are 9:00 A.M. until noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.