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Turf war: Homeowners' artificial grass versus city of Glendale

November 22, 2011 9:10:16 PM PST
A turf war heats up in Glendale: Some residents have installed artificial grass in their yards to conserve water. But the city says that's not allowed, and now it's issuing citations.

It's being called a "turf war": homeowners versus the city of Glendale.

"I had put in some artificial turf to save money and to conserve water," said Geneva Dotson.

Dotson has owned her home for 22 years. In July she spent $3,000 to install the fake grass in her front yard. But recently the city sent Dotson a notice of violation, stating her new artificial front lawn violates city codes and ordinances and needs to be removed within 30 days.

"I was rather devastated," said Dotson.

But Dotson says she's lost a lot more than just her grass.

"I kind of lost freedom," said Dotson. "They said that there would be criminal charges."

The city of Glendale released a statement: "The city will continue to work toward a resolution and has no intentions of filing criminal charges at this particular time."

The city statement went on to say: "There are six properties that have been brought to the attention of the city that are not in compliance; a city of almost 200,000 residents."

One of those properties belongs to Dave Wood.

"I put in the artificial turf to conserve water and just because I liked the way it looked," said Wood.

And unlike Dotson, Wood refuses to remove his artificial front lawn. He says the city's reasons are unfounded.

"Because it brings down the value of the property, and it's possibly toxic," said Wood. "The toxic argument kind of caught me off guard because the city has installed it at their public sports fields."

The city of Glendale says it has "always been an environmentally conscious city taking into consideration conservation, materials, aesthetics, maintenance, needs of the individual residents and the community concerns as a whole."

"I don't know what's going to happen at this point, but I'm willing to challenge them a little and see what we can do," said Wood.

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