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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!

2017 TIMELINE

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

MAY 02-12 – Properties inspected for non-compliance

JUNE 02 – TCSD board meeting. Resolution declaring nuisance

JUNE 30 – TCSD Board holds public hearing for non-compliant lots

JUNE 7 – District Contractor authorized to clear non-compliant lots

2017 Weed Abatement Bid Packet