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Weed — the garden type — goes before San Jacinto Council

By in Press Enterprise on July 4, 2017

By Craig Shultz

There has been a lot of talk about weed in San Jacinto recently, but when the City Council gathers for a special meeting Thursday, July 5, it will be discussing the pesky garden variety.

Council members, who recently put in place a number of rules related to legalized marijuana, will be asked to lift a moratorium on “discing,” a type of plowing weeds that was outlawed in the city in 2007 as a dust control measure.

The ban is likely to be lifted because of current weather conditions, including the extreme drying of vegetation and high temperatures, which have led to fires being started from the use of push mowers in weed abatement. Mower blades can cause sparks when striking debris, which can ignite the brush.

Additional safety measures proposed will require owners to clear their property of any debris prior to weed abatement and that water trucks be on hand between May 1 and Oct. 31 when discing is undertaken on vacant land.

The council will meet at 4:30 p.m. at San Jacinto City Hall, 595 S. San Jacinto Ave.

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