Uh oh. What started with fast-growing weeds that weren't cleared is now about to end with big bills and tears for some property owners in Temecula.
Step one was when the weeds grew until they became hazardous in the eyes of the city of Temecula sometime in the fiscal year between June 30, 2011, and July 1 this year. Lots of dried weeds and wind can stoke a fire and make houses and other buildings indefensible. Step 2 was when the city finally had to clear the lot.
Now the city is about to embark on Step 3, the assessments for "costs of abatement and removal of hazardous vegetation."
The City Council has scheduled a formal public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at the City Council chambers, 41000 Main Street to confirm all the assessments against property owners.
More information or questions: Call Rich Johnston, City of Temecula Building and Safety Department, (951) 302-4144.