INDIANAPOLIS— The day after Call 6 Investigates aired a story about an eyesore plaguing an east side neighborhood, the property owner mowed the high weeds and grass.
As our Kara Kenney reported on May 24, homeowners in the Grassy Creek subdivision on Indianapolis' east side were tired of a property plagued with high weeds, grass, rodents and insects.
Carolyn Patton lives next door to the vacant home on Timber Creek and said the problems started last December when her neighbors left for good.
Patton said on May 25, the property owners came back to mow the property.
“We are very happy,” said Patton in a text message to Call 6 Investigates Kara Kenney. “Thank you to you and your station!”
The property owner told RTV6 they can no longer afford the home and are letting it fall into foreclosure.
Patton said since our story ran, a crew from the bank came out to install a lock box and promised to mow every 10 days.
The city Department of Business and Neighborhood Services inspected the overgrown Timber Creek Drive property on May 14 and mailed the property owners a violation notice giving them until May 29 to come into compliance.
The City of Indianapolis Department of Business and Neighborhood Services gives property owners 10 days to comply after a mailing a violation letter.
If they don’t, the city sends a vendor to mow and then the city mails a $363 bill to the property owner.
“If a property is abandoned or vacant, it is the responsibility of the property owner,” said Dimitri Kyser, public information officer at City of Indianapolis Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS). “If the grass is 12 inches or higher, then that property will be in violation.”
If you have an eyesore in your neighborhood, you can contact your homeowner's association, reach out to property management, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 or use the RequestIndy app.
Kyser brought up another idea you might not think of -- mow the grass or clean up the property yourself but only under certain circumstances.
“There is a good Samaritan law, so if you believe that a property is abandoned or vacant and you live adjacent to the property or you’re interested in buying that property, you can enter the property to abate it,” said Kyser. “You’re more than welcome to do that under the good Samaritan law.”
To report high weeds and grass, contact the Mayor’s Action Center to report complaints at 317-327-4622, log online at www.indy.gov/requestindy [indy.gov] or download the mobile app available from the Apple and Google Play app stores.
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