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Weed Abatement

It’s time again for WEED ABATEMENT!

WEED ABATEMENT MUST BE MAINTAINED MAY 1 – NOVEMBER 30

To make sure Templeton remains the safe and charming community that it is the Templeton Fire Department would like to remind you that it’s time to trim the hedges, cut the grass, and keep the fields clear.  To assist you in complying with the Templeton Community Services District Weed Abatement Ordinance, the following is a list of our minimum acceptable standards.

  • Weed abatement must be maintained May 1 through the end of November
  • Please do not mow after 10 a.m. if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees F.
  • If your property is in parcels of three acres or less it must be mowed or disked completely.
  • If your property is in parcels of three acres or larger it may be mowed or disked completely, but at a minimum have soil firebreaks around the perimeter and cross breaks at intervals breaking each block in no greater than 1 acre (or as directed by the Fire Department).  Firebreaks must be a minimum of 30-feet in width at perimeters and cross breaks and 50-feet minimum around structures.  Down slope clearances from structures shall be a minimum of 100 feet.  Clearances around and under oak trees shall be a minimum of 30 feet. Exemption:  Fenced pastures where livestock is actively and significantly reducing weeds & grasses.
  • Your mower must be set at a maximum height of three inches unless conditions require a greater height. The mower height will then be determined by the Fire Chief.  All equipment used for weed abatement work shall be equipped with proper spark arresters, mufflers, etc. A fire extinguisher of pressurized-water or back-pump type is required on equipment for immediate accessibility and use.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PROPERTY OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WEEDS FROM CENTER LINE OF PUBLIC ROAD AND THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE PROPERTY!

As of the writing of this notice, Templeton has received below average seasonal rainfall. However, if we receive late spring rain, followed by days of warm sunshine, the beautiful green landscapes that would result would also inevitably create a fire danger as spring warms to summer, and vegetation dries. It is therefore recommended that property owners plan on multiple cuttings this year to keep the grasses down to fire-safe levels. Cutting vegetation now will make the maintaining of your property more manageable in late spring and into the summer!

Trimming the hedges, cutting the grass, and clearing the fields to make Templeton fire-safe is what weed abatement is all about. To assist you in complying with the Templeton CSD Weed Abatement Ordinance, the following are minimum acceptable standards.

Three Acres or Less

Parcels of three acres or less in size must be mowed or disked completely.

Three Acres or Larger

Parcels three acres and larger may be mowed or disked completely, but must have as a minimum bare soil firebreaks around the perimeter, and cross breaks at intervals of no greater than 1 acre (unless directed otherwise by TFD).

Firebreaks shall be a minimum of 30 feet in width at perimeters and cross breaks, and 50 feet minimum around structures. Down slope clearances from structures shall be a minimum of 100 feet. Clearances around and under oak trees shall be a minimum of 30 feet. Exemption: Fenced pastures where livestock is actively and significantly reducing weeds & grasses.

Mower Height and Equipment

Your mower must be set at a maximum height of three inches, unless conditions require a greater height as shall be determined by the Fire Chief. All equipment used for weed abatement work shall be equipped with proper spark arrestors, mufflers, etc. A fire extinguisher of pressurized water or back-pump type shall be required on equipment for immediate accessibility and use. Do “NOT” mow after 10 AM if the temperature exceeds 80°!

PLEASE NOTE: PROPERTY OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WEEDS FROM CENTER LINE OF PUBLIC ROAD AND THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE PROPERTY!

2018 TIMELINE

MARCH 31 – Public Notice – Accepting Weed Abatement Bids (Bids due on May 8, 2018)

APRIL 02 – Press Release – advising property owners of District’s Weed Abatement Program and Schedule.  Information will also be in Templeton Magazine.

MAY 01 – All lots are to be in compliance with TCSD ordinance

MAY 02-11 – District parcels inspected for compliance

MAY 15 – Adopt Resolution – Declaring Weeds & Debris a Nuisance.

  • Include an exhibit of all properties not in compliance. Property description may be by reference to the tract, block, lot, code area and/or parcel numbers as used by County Assessor.
  • Designate the person who is to give the notice to destroy the weeds (typically the Fire Chief).
  • Resolution should establish the date for the public hearing required by Health & Safety Code Section 14898 and 14899.
  • Authorize District Secretary/Clerk to give notice as permitted by Health & Safety Code Section 14896 – by mailing notice to the property owners as their names/addresses appear from the last equalized assessment role. If this procedure is not used the required notice is to be posted on the property and published in the newspaper.

MAY 15 – Award Contractor Bid & Authorize to Commence Clearing Non-Compliant Lots on June 6

JUNE 05 – Public Hearing.  Adopt Resolution reciting the fact that the resolution declaring the weeds to be a nuisance was adopted by the Board, that Notices to Destroy Weeds were sent to the property owners, that a public hearing has been held and that objections and protests have been overruled.

  • Resolution has an exhibit of a list of the properties that require the removal of weeds & directs the Fire Chief to abate them.
  • Under Health & Safety Code Section 14900.5 also provides that the Board may declare the weed nuisance to be seasonal & recurrent and thereafter weeds on parcels that have been designated as having seasonal & recurrent nuisances can be abated in future years without additional hearings. For such parcels, Health & Safety Code Section 14900.6 sets forth noticing requirements in the forms of a post card notice with certain required information.

JUNE 06 – Contractor begins clearing non-compliant lots

JUNE 30 – All lots to be in compliance

JUNE 05 – Collection letters sent to Property Owners

JULY 12-17 – Post a copy of the cost report for each property on the Board Chamber Doors for 3 days with a notice of the time & date when the cost report will be submitted to the Board for confirmation (07/17/18).

JULY 16 – Assessed fees upon the property need to be paid by this date

JULY 17 – Board confirms the cost report and authorizes liens on properties via a resolution.  The resolution along with a description of the properties so affected shall be submitted to the County Assessor for placement on the tax roll.

2018 Weed Abatement Bid Packet