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Village Agrees to Waive Fines if Shorewood Woman Brings Natural Lawn into Compliance

The three-year battle between Louise Quigley and Shorewood over the height of prairie grasses around her home culminated in court on Wednesday.

In municipal court Wednesday night, Louise Quigley agreed to comply with Shorewood’s requests to bring a portion of her lawn into village code and officials waived a $429 citation.

planted around her Shorewood home came to a head Wednesday when the village's and Quigley's attorney agreed on the deal.

Ericka Lang, the village’s Planning and Development administrator, said Quigley had previously been given permission to plant grasses in the parkway and they are still working on a plan to make sure those grasses remain in compliance with the village’s ordinance. Discussion Wednesday in a pre-trial hearing centered around a strip of plantings starting at the sidewalk and ending four feet in toward her private lawn on East Jarvis Street and five feet on North Maryland Avenue.

The village is asking she reduce the grasses in that area to six inches, and aren't asking her to alter her private lawn. Lang said the village actually never took issue with the private portion and simply had issue with the four to five feet and the parkway.

Shorewood will waive the citation Quigley received after missing a court date, but she is still on the hook for a $177 fine for not bringing her grasses into compliance and about $50 in court costs.

But Quigley said she'll plant some short native plants in that area and plans to keep them below six inches.

"I'll still have my prairie," she said.

“It’s not that you can’t fight City Hall, it’s that at this point, it isn’t worth it. I can still get something that is comfortable for me.”

Since Quigley started circulating letters and a , Lang said she has received no less than eight formal complaints, which she has documented, from residents showing support of the village’s effort to tame Quigley's lawn. Lang said the battle came on the heels of 15 years of complaints she said the village received about Quigley's prairie grass.

Lang said the village will continue to monitor Quigley's lawn.

michael aita December 09, 2011 at 10:49 PM
i hope as part of the settlement the eye level thorns over the sidewalk are removed
Jay Sykes December 09, 2011 at 11:28 PM
No problem, just be sure not to leave the JI Case tractor parked overnight,,,,, on the street,,,,,, without permission. Oh, and no genetically modified seed or the Lone Roundup Ranger may pay a midnight visit; Ke-mo sah-bee
paul peck December 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM
The corn is more than 6 inches tall and effects interstate commerce, which is bad. I once lived in a community near shorewood where the police showed up because there was an ordinance that said garbage cans had to be brought to the curb for morning pick up, but removed from the curb by 5 pm, and since i returned home after 5:30, I was in violation. and yes, the police showed up to tell me that if it happened again, I would be issued a citation....oh say does that purple scare crow yet wave o're the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Alol January 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Ha! I wish there was a "like" button for pupdog 1's comment.
Frank C January 20, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Sure, it's reprehensible... But if it's HER property, she should be able to do as she chooses without harassment so long as she's not directly harming anyone else.

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