Mayor wants Vidalias yards to be cleaned, cut

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 17, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; Mayor Hyram Copeland has warned once, now he&8217;s ready to act.

Those in Vidalia who are not complying with the grass-cutting ordinance better get in line, he said.

&8220;We are going to start strictly enforcing this. Period,&8221; Copeland said. &8220;If you break the ordinance you will get a ticket.&8221;

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Tickets for the violation will be written by the Vidalia Police Department. If nothing is done in the yard violating the ordinance, a fee of $150 an hour with a two-hour minimum will be charged for yard cutting services, Copeland said.

In other business at Tuesday&8217;s meeting, the board heard a request from the Vidalia Angels softball team for funding.

The Vidalia Angels, an eight and under softball team competing in the USSSA, asked for the city&8217;s help in traveling to compete in the World Series in Orlando, Fla. The team owns a No. 1 ranking in Louisiana and a No. 4 ranking world wide and is in need of approximately $5,000 to assist in the team&8217;s travels.

The team is scheduled to leave in the early morning hours Monday. The team has raised approximately $9,000 through fundraisers and private donations.

&8220;This is a tremendous honor and we need to do what we can as a city to help,&8221; Vidalia Mayor Copeland said.

A roadblock will be set up at the intersection of U.S. 61 and U.S. 84 Saturday, giving motorists the chance to pitch in on the travels of the team. Talks of a roadblock in Vidalia were included in the meeting, but were not finalized. Vidalia Chief of Police Billy Hammers, who was at the meeting, donated $100 from a department &8220;special fund&8221; to join the other donations for the team.