City to give property owners extra time to deal with weeds

March 12, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Property owners in Bullhead City will be allowed additional time this spring to get rid of weeds before Code Enforcement personnel start focusing on locations where growth is extensive and not complying with city code.

City Manager Toby Cotter said the generous amount of winter rain was providing would-be weeds and other unwanted vegetation excellent growing conditions this spring.

“With all of this rain and perfect warm weather, the weeds will turn the desert green,” Cotter said.

He noted that neglecting to control vegetation on one’s property isn’t simply unpleasant to look at. It can be a health hazard. There are people who are allergic or at least highly sensitive to them. Reactions that affect one’s breathing exacerbate certain medical conditions, such as asthma, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A large amount of dry, overgrown weeds and vegetation also is a potential fire hazard, Cotter added.

City employees will be out battling weed problems this spring on government property as well.

“We want to give people an opportunity to take care of it,” Cotter said. “By June we’ll be actively enforcing this again.”

Bullhead City has a guide that highlights common code violations. Property with overgrown vegetation and weeds are addressed within the document.

“Property must be maintained free of vegetation over-growth such as weeds, tall grass, tumbleweeds, shrubs, trees, palm fronds, etc., which may create a visual blight or be difficult to eradicate including all dead or dried vegetation that may create a fire hazard must be removed and lawfully disposed of,” the document states.

Read the entire publication from the city’s Public Works Department at https://www.bullheadcity.com/home/showdocument?id=376