City of Benson Public Notices

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PUBLIC NOTICE

ELM WOOD PILES
 
Residents of Benson are hereby notified that all elm wood with bark intact must be burned or removed by April 1, 2014. Bark-intact elm wood can undo much of the progress the community has achieved so far in controlling Dutch Elm Disease. This wood is a breeding place for the elm bark beetles that carry Dutch Elm disease fungus to healthy trees. In the spring, adult beetles - up to 1,500 in a single fireplace log - emerge from diseased wood with the fungus clinging to their bodies. When the beetles fly to healthy elms to feed, they spread Dutch Elm disease to previously uninfected trees.
Because of this danger to healthy elms, the City has enacted an ordinance affecting the storage of elm wood. Bark-intact elm wood may be stored outside only between September 15 and April 1, (the dormant period for elm bark beetles). Once the wood has been debarked, it no longer violates the regulation.
 
Dated: March 5, 2014
     /s/  Glen Pederson                
 City Clerk
3-5-1c
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PUBLIC NOTICE
 
Residents of Benson are hereby notified that in accordance with Section 92.43, of the Ordinance Code of Benson all weeds and grass are declared to be a public nuisance if they are allowed to grow to a height of 12 inches or more.
The owner shall abate or prevent such nuisance on their property and on the land outside the traveled portion of the street or alley abutting on such property or the City shall cause said weeds or grasses to be destroyed at the expense of the owner and if not paid, the charge for such work will be made a special assessment against the property concerned and collected with the taxes. No further notice to the property owner shall be necessary according to the Ordinance.
 
Dated: March 5, 2014
    /s/ Glen Pederson                
           City Clerk
3-5-1c
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