Orleans Town officials receive complaints about unkempt properties

ORLEANS – Orleans Town officials have received numerous complaints in recent weeks about local property owners who have not cut their grass and weeds, as well numerous complaints on several unkempt areas around town.

Residents are reminded that all lawns and lots in town must be kept mowed, and trash items and other debris picked up.

Residents are urged to refrain from blowing grass clippings into the streets and roadways, as this practice is prohibited by local ordinances, clogs the storm drains, and contributes to the town’s overall flooding problems during periods of heavy rainfall.

Several residents have been posted and or sent notices. Those in non compliance of the notices will be turned over to the town attorney. If property owners do not clean up their properties, town employees can do the work, and owners will be direct billed for it.

The town annually contracts the services of Ron Taylor to spray for mosquitoes and is asking residents to continue to assist in those efforts for general health and safety by keeping all yards and lots mowed, any brush type items removed, and any type of standing water removed. Old tires should be discarded and rain gutters and downspouts should be checked and cleaned regularly to allow water to flow freely.

Residents are reminded that the town maintains a large dumpster for resident use year-round at the Town Garage complex located on Franklin Street.   The dumpster area is open and accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Brush and tree limbs only may be taken to the town lake area by residents.  Those wishing to access to the brush pile must pick up a key from the Orleans Town offices available M-F during regular business hours.

A Fall Town Wide Clean Up effort is planned for late October in an effort to assist homeowners with cleaning up their properties and removing junk type items with extended and weekend hours.