SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The spring weather has revealed some pieces of property that may need some attention. 22News has received reports from South Hadley residents about properties that are either overgrown or didn’t look like they were being taken care of.
The town of South Hadley has a bylaw that requires residential and commercial property to not have the grass grow over six inches. But it’s just one part of the bylaw that identifies whether the property is being taken care of. Inspectors also take debris, leaves or the presence of trash into consideration.
Right now, the town has 24 properties that they consider in a serious state of abandonment. One of the places people complained had gone too long without being mowed was the Route 202 Rotary right by the Muller Bridge. That property is owned by the state and the state does not have to comply with a towns bylaws.
Every year when the town gets calls about the rotary, they give the MassDOT a call and they take care of it. On Monday, crews were out mowing after a long stretch of wet weather.
South Hadley has a town meeting scheduled for Wednesday to vote on another bylaw that would require people leaving a property for an extended period to notify the town so they can inspect it once a year.