Riverton amends weed control ordinance; Residents responsible for weeds in their alleys

When it came time for the public hearing on proposed ordinance 13-010, there was no one in the audience to comment. There was no one in the audience, period! (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council is moving forward with a clarification to the city’s weed control ordinance. Passed unanimously on first reading this week was a change in the Riverton Municipal Code that will make the property owner, lessee or occupant responsible for weed control to the center line of the alley.

A public hearing was held on the change at this week’s regular council meeting but, true to form, there was no one there to comment on the proposed ordinance.

According to a memorandum prepared by the city’s Director of Administrative Services Courtney Bohlender, “Staff believes that the current code language is unclear and needs to be amended so there is no question of the property owner’s responsibility.”

The discussion first came up in August when it was brought to the council’s attention that city employees were cutting weeds on the main arterial streets and some collector streets. It was also pointed out that because so much time and attention was being paid to those locations, weeds on city property were not being controlled. At the time, staff recommended that the city code be followed, and that language in the code be amended to make it clear that not only are residents responsible for weed control in the front of their properties, but also in the back, and the alleys.

The ordinance language is copied below:

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City Employee Frank Bringholf was clearing weeds away from an area adjacent to Webbwood Road and the Rails To Trails Pathway earlier this summer. (Ernie Over photo)

City Employee Frank Bringholf was clearing weeds away from an area adjacent to Webbwood Road and the Rails To Trails Pathway earlier this summer. (Ernie Over photo)