DOWN: The 16-acre lot at the southeast corner of Interstate 75 and Ohio 12 in Findlay is one of the prime commercial real estate properties on the Hancock County market. But it is also a neglected eyesore in need of mowing. Bordered by the interstate, West Main Cross Street, a Marathon gas station, and the Sandusky Square Apartments, the overgrown tract of land at 1305 W. Main Cross, formerly the home of the Imperial House motel, provides a poor visual for motorists passing by Findlay and gives visitors a negative gateway to downtown as they enter the community. Findlay City Council recently passed legislation aimed at making it easier to enforce the city’s nuisance rules by setting the maximum height limit on grass and weeds at 6 inches, and clarifying the definition of a junk vehicle. The city zoning office, the enforcer of nuisance rules, has said it will warn violators initially, and has vowed to prosecute those who don’t comply. Provisions allow the city to clean up properties, including, in this case, mowing the foot-tall or higher weeds, and billing the property owner. The lot is clearly in violation. The city should show it means what it says and order the property owner to comply with the law. If not, how can it apply the new grass/weed law to anyone?

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