FAILED: City council denies proposed West U ordinance to restrict lawn care worker hours

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Proposed West U ordinance restricting lawn care workers hours, fails
City council felt the restriction may have been discriminatory to third-party lawn care workers in the city.

WEST UNIVERSITY, Texas (KTRK) -- West University Place city council voted 3-2 against a noise ordinance that would've restricted the hours that third-party lawn care workers could work in the city.

It was an ordinance some felt may have been discriminatory.

The current ordinance lets workers work seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The failed ordinance would've changed the hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and only allow for work six days a week.

However, the ordinance wouldn't have applied to people waiting to do their own yard work.

"The end result in my opinion would've been a sloppier job. Or, they would've had to increase my cost, increase the fee, or go somewhere else," says homeowner, Perry Nolan.

Resident, Eddie Matthews, said if it passed, it should've applied to everyone, such as home builders and homeowners.

"I had one of my neighbors doing a major renovation and there's a jackhammer going for many hours over the weekend," Matthews says. "That wasn't very peaceful, but he was allowed to do it. So at the end of the day, this is a manageable issue."

"LULAC" or League of United Latin American Citizens was concerned with the ordinance, saying it would be unfair to small business owners, especially Hispanic ones.

In the end, city council agreed, it was too strict.

"I'm happy the ordinance stays as is," says Matthews.

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