Thornton council moves to address complaints over weeds

Residents asked to do their part even as city can't keep up with its own growth

Luke Zarzecki
lzarzecki@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/22/22

The number of complaints from Thornton residents regarding unwanted plants are growing like weeds. 

“Between the rain and the sun, weeds have been growing rapidly,” City Manager …

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Thornton council moves to address complaints over weeds

Residents asked to do their part even as city can't keep up with its own growth

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The number of complaints from Thornton residents regarding unwanted plants are growing like weeds. 

“Between the rain and the sun, weeds have been growing rapidly,” City Manager Kevin Woods said July 19 during a City Council Planning Session. 

City Councilor Julia Marvin said she has received an uptick of emails from Thorntonites asking for the removal of weeds throughout the city. 

“From 120th to 108th,” she said. “It’s been a combination of common areas and places where the city should be maintaining, but also specific homes. People say ‘I drive by and see the sidewalks are covered in weeds and my neighbor’s yard.’” 

Woods said that residents should submit addresses of homes with uncontrolled weeds, since it is a matter of city code compliance.  But Mayor Jan Kulmann said issuing code violations might be insincere. 

“If we are writing code violations for houses, and we can’t maintain our own spaces, it’s a bit hypocritical,” she said. 

Woods said the lack of maintenance is due to the shortage of city staff. He said it's hard to keep and attract workers with the wage competition. 

“Our fill rate is probably less than 50%,” he said. 

The goal every year is to have 40 employees but they have only been able to hire about 20. He said staff has been working to hire for those positions for the last three years, he said.  It's not just a matter of wages, he said: People don’t want to do it. 

“It’s hard work,” Woods said. 

With the low workforce, the department has to prioritize certain places. Right now, it’s high visibility locations. 

One solution Woods proposed is xeriscaping many areas in the city. That way, the maintenance demands will go down in terms of irrigation and operations. 

Marvin asked for the city to look at other resources, too, like holding community days or looking to nonprofits. She also called on the residents.

“What it comes down to is community pride,” she said.

Thornton, weeds, public places, code violoation

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