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Topeka has trouble keeping lawns, weeds in check

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Topeka residents appear to be having considerable trouble this year keeping their lawns mowed and weeds controlled in periods of wet weather.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1c6qDet ) that through September, the city issued nearly a record number of notices this year to property owners who had let grass or weeds grow more than a foot tall.

The city issued nearly 3,400 notices -- 7.5 percent more than the record 3,150 for all of 2006.

This year's figure also represents nearly 1,000 more notices than in each of the last five years.

The notices give property owners seven days to mow. If they don't, the city sends a crew of inmates from the Shawnee County jail to do the job -- at the property owner's expense.