For health and safety, Garden City is allowing landscaping companies to cut grass and offer normal services
By a 7-0 vote of the City Council of the City of Garden City, Michigan, the Mayor and Council have determined that professional landscaping services are ‘Essential Functions’ of the City for the following reasons and conditions, and therefore are not subject to enforcement under the various Orders of the Governor:
• The City maintains a Grass & Weed Ordinance that is currently in effect and is binding on all homes and businesses within the City; failure to abide by this Ordinance carries with it financial and administrative penalties;
• The City has a public health and safety interest in maintaining clean and well-kept properties, free of rodents, insects, mosquitoes and debris; this also lessens the health burden on residents with seasonal allergies, asthma, and similar conditions;
• The City has a public health and safety interest in seeing that senior citizens and other vulnerable adults with health or physical limitations can maintain their properties without exposing themselves to physical harm or health risks.
It is expected that landscaping service providers will adhere to CDC guidelines for COVID-19 distancing requirements and other best practices that pertain to their industry. This decision can be reversed based on changes in conditions or non-compliance by the landscape operators or their employees.