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Auburn man rejects offer, will go to court over wildflower plot in city’s right-of-way

An Auburn man has rejected an offer to dismiss his misdemeanor charge for obstructing governmental administration, after he allegedly tried to stop city employees from cutting down wildflowers in front of his house.

James Udall, of 106 Osborne St., rejected an offer on December 22nd and will go to trial on March 28th, according to reporting by the Auburn Citizen. Udall had planted the wildflowers in the city’s right-of-way between the sidewalk and the street last spring, and was charged after he refused to cut them down to the 6 inches required by the city’s municipal code.


Udall believes his case represents “a heinous example of government overreach and a failure in leadership” and an example of the city’s “misguided priorities”.

City officials told the Citizen that they hope the matter can be resolved.



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