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Proper Lawn Maintenance
Irving’s Code Enforcement Department is reminding property owners about the city’s High-Grass and Weeds Ordinance—height may not exceed 10 inches. The High-Grass and Weeds ordinance applies to lawns on the front, back and side of Irving properties as well as the area between the sidewalk and the curb and the alley and easement (the area behind the property). While this ordinance helps preserve the beauty of city neighborhoods and corridors, high grass and weeds threaten public safety by posing a fire hazard, blocking visibility and contributing to pests.
Properties found out of compliance with this ordinance are subject to only one formal notice per 12-month period before the city is authorized to contract mowing without further notice. If a noncompliant property is mowed by a city contractor, the owner will be invoiced for services rendered. If the owner fails to settle the balance within 30 days, a lien may be placed against the property. Following are additional guidelines relevant to lawn maintenance:
- Grass and weed runners protruding over the edge of a side walk are considered trip hazards. Edging allows for a clear path making it safe for pedestrians to use sidewalks.
- Blowing grass, weeds, leaves and debris into streets and sanitary storm drains is prohibited.
By adhering to the guidelines above, property owners can help keep Irving safe and beautiful. Noncompliant properties may be reported to (972) 721-4929. For more information, click here or call (972) 721-4829.
Irving Police Department Adopts CrimeReports Technology
Beginning June 1, the Irving Police Department will discontinue distribution of the Daily Crime Summary and transition to the online CrimeReports service to keep residents informed of unlawful activity in the city. Compared with the Daily Crime Summary, the free CrimeReports service provides residents access to more information, and additional control of the information that they receive and view.
“Partnering with CrimeReports is another way the Irving Police Department is using technology to maintain transparency for residents,” said Officer John Argumaniz. “CrimeReports offers real-time, up-to-date information on unlawful activity in the city and provides subscribers with some great customization features.”
Subscribers to CrimeReports have real-time access to information on criminal activity that has occurred in Irving by incident type, time and location. CrimeReports also allows subscribers to create real-time email alerts of unlawful activity in selected neighborhoods.
To subscribe to CrimeReports and customize preferences, visit www.cityofirving.org/police and locate the “CrimeReports” map at the bottom of the screen. A video introduction to CrimeReports featuring Officer Argumaniz, produced by the Irving Community Television Network, is available for viewing online. For more information, call (972) 721-3515.
Online Crime Reports
The Irving Police Department is partnering with www.crimereports.com to allow residents to view crime data online. The crime-mapping website compiles information on crimes that have occurred in Irving by incident type, time and location, and marks them on a map of the city. To access the map, visit www.cityofirving.org/police and select “CrimeReports” at the bottom of the page. For more information, call (972) 721-3515.
Report Streetlight Outages Directly to Oncor Online
Customers can report a streetlight outage by going to the Oncor web-site at www.oncor.com and clicking on Report Streetlight Outages. They can also view the new Power Restoration Outage Map.
Vial of L.I.F.E. Kits
The Irving Fire Department is offering free Vial of L.I.F.E. kits to residents age 60 and older. Kits are a place for residents to store important medical information and are available at Irving fire stations. Call (972) 721-2651 for details or www.cityofirving.org.
Irving Public Library E-book Expansion
Irving Public Library’s Overdrive e-book collection is now compatible with the Amazon Kindle. Patrons with a valid Irving library card can now download popular and classic e-books to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle application, such as iPhone, iPad and Android. Users who enjoy e-books on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights, and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps. To get started, visit http://irvinglibrary.lib.overdrive.com..
Volunteer for the Library
The Irving Public Library is looking for a few good volunteers. If you have a bit of free time, even just an hour a week, we could use your help. Join a friendly group of dedicated city employees in a stimulating environment. Work with the public, assist with programs or support our technical services staff. We have a wide variety of volunteer positions available in all our branches. If you have the time, we can put your skills to good use. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Carla Morgan at 972-721-2530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online City-wide Calendar
A new calendar application on the city website allows users to easily locate citywide classes and events. The user-friendly interface features various filters and searches to find items by audience, location or type of event. Users also can subscribe to events, forward events to friends and schedule event reminders via email or text messaging. The calendar, which was purchased using grant funds, is supported by staff from Corporate Communications, Library, and Parks and Recreation. Visit www.cityofirving.org to view the calendar.
Pothole Hot Line
A new hot line has been implemented to help reduce potholes throughout the city. The Pothole Hot Line allows residents to communicate the location of potholes in the city so that staff can address them within 24 business hours. The pothole reporting number—(972) 721-7303—is displayed on city asphalt patch trucks. Callers will hear a recording requesting the pothole location, date and time of call. The voice mail will be checked throughout the day and communicated to repair crews.