Technically, a Provo landowner could face jail time if he does not comply with a city order to landscape his home.
But Provo City attorney Rick Romney, while acknowledging the class A misdemeanor zoning violation carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 in fines and six months behind bars, says jail time in unlikely."I can't even imagine, I can't even comprehend jail time, but that's not my prerogative - that's up to the judge," Romney said.
Theron and Karen Haws built their home nearly nine years ago. But, with eight children to care for, including one currently serving an LDS Church mission, they have not been able to afford to work on their yard.
"I agree we've been there long enough and should've had it done, but we haven't had the money," she said. "We are earnestly trying."
She said her husband has worked hard in his spare time to finish the job but hasn't had the time. According to Romney, a neighbor complained about the violation.
Other neighbors, including a youth group from the church, have helped, but there still is much to be done.
If the work isn't done by January, Theron Haws has a Jan. 3 date in Provo's 4th Circuit Court.