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7 - Items from the Director, State Weed Law InformationItem VI PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT --- April 11, 2000 `"'~ MEMORANDUM To: Pazks and Recreadon Advisory Boazd Members From: Chns Dropmski, Director, Pazks and Recrea6on Douglas Hawthorne, Pazks Supenntendent Alice Guthne, Office of Environmental Affa~rs Re: Item from the Director State Weed Law Information DO NOT REMOVE - PRAB File Matenal The City of Boulder is required to comply wrth the Colorado Noxious Weed Act (sechon 35-5.5 C.R.S.) It requires that mumcipahues adopt a noxious weed list, a plan for control of such weeds and appomt a"Weed Control Advisory Boazd" or have the City Council serve as ttus boazd. The Weed Control Advisory Boazd is charged to review and comment on the city's weed control plans and comphance with the State Noxious Weed Act. ,,.., Under tlus law, the crty would have authonty to require weed management on pnvate .,r„ lands and could require that landowners subnut an mdrndual mtegrated weed management plan to manage noxious weeds on their property. Staff from the Office of Envuonmental Affazrs (OEA) and the City Attorney's Offce (CAO) has reviewed the law and its requuements, as well as the city charter, and have the following recommendauons: 1. Accordmg to the charter, City Council must be the Weed Control Advisory Boazd for the city of Boulder. 2. Prepare a draft ordinance designaung Council as the govemmg body wrth call-up authonty. The ordmance also gives the City Manager authonty to adopt noxious weed management plans and to designate a list of weeds through rule making (Attachment A). Create a Weed Law Task Force to advise the City Manager on the city's noxious weed list and weed management plans (Attachment B). Recommend that the proposed Task Force be composed of city staff, mterested citizens and weed management professionals. ~ The implications for city departments would be ~ Weed management is a pnonty under the Colorado Noxious Weed Act ~°~ Staff Ume on the Weed Law Task Force Potentially develop an Integrated Weed Management Plan for specific work d~v~sions This would relate to current Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and acuviUes. It is an[ictpated that staff will penodically commumcate with the PRAB on the Integrated Weed Management Plans for the vanous Pazks and Recreahon divisions and will seek penodic mput from the PRAB. PRAB also can review and provide mput on the IPM programs of [he vanous d~visions Attachments. A Drafr Ordmance designatmg Crty Council as the Local Weed Advisory Boazd B. Proposed Weed Law Task Force -•n, ~r. .,,,• ORDINANCE NO ~~~' AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 6-2-5, B.R.C. 1981, IN ~" ORDER TO COMPLY WITH REQUIItEMENTS OF TI~ COLORADO NOXIOUS WEED ACT, AND ADDING SECTION 6-2-10, B.R.C. 1981, DESIGNATIIVG CITY COtJNCIL AS Tf~ LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD. BE IT ORDAIIVED BY 'I'f~ CITY COUNCIL OF TFiB CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO: Secnon 1 Section 6-2-5, B.R.C. 1981, is amended to read: 6-2-5 Growth of Weeds or Brush as Nuisance Prohibited. No owner, lessee, agent, occupant, or person m possession or conuol of any occ~nie~ r unoccupted lot or tract of land or any part thereo f in the city shall permit any growth of brush or weeds that does any of the following things: (a) constitutes a nuisance by collecting trash, debns, or rubbte; (bj creatir ~es a fire hazard; ~ ""'' (c) harborim~es wildlife or pests that aze hazards to public health or safety;~r- (d) containmaes Canadian Ttustle or Russian Knapweed; or (e) contains any other wbed adopted putsuant to Sechon 6-2-9, "City bianager tluthonzed to Issue Rules," B.RC.1981. ~chon 2. A new Secnon 6-2-10, B R.C. I9S l, is added to read. 6-2-10 Advisory Board. shall be the secretarv. A majonty of the members of the board shall consritute a quonun. Sechun 3 Thu ordmance is necessary to protect the public healdi, saFery, and welfacue ofthe res~dcnts of dlc ciry, and coven matters of lucal cuncern ,,,,_ K curvo w~eo~ ~,~ n ~... Sechon 4. The council deems rt appropriate that this ordinancebe publishedby tide only and .~-,, orders that copies of ttus ordinance be made avaiIable ia che office of the city clerk for public inspection and acquisiuon. INTRODUCED, READ ONFIRST READINC, Pu~iD ORDERED PUBLISFiED BYTTTLE ONLY ttus __ day of 1999 Mayor Attest: City Clerk on behalf of the Director of Finance and Record READ ON SECOND READING, PASSED, ADOPTED, AND ORDERED PUBLISHED BY TITLE ONLY ttus day of 1999 Mayor Attest. , C~ty Clerk on behalti of the Director of Finance and Racord ~ ~~ ^'-, , K f\11 v iYUiiTD9 ~iLO - ,r Attachment B ,~ ~ PROPOSED WEED LAW TASK FORCE PURPOSE OF THE TASK FORCE: The Weed Law Task Force is created to advise the City Manager and City Council on matters that relate to the city's weed management obhgations under state law The focus of the Task Force is not to detemune whether or not pesticides should be used to control weeds, but is to concentrate on specific items the city should address in order to be m comphance with the state weed law Specifically, the Task Force should consider recommendations m the areas of developmg a noxious weed list for the Crty of Boulder and reviewmg weed management plans of city departments/divisions. TIlVIE FRAME AND SCHEDULE OF COMMIT"I'EE: It is proposed the Task Force would begm meetmg and deliberatmg on issues related to rts purpose immediately followmg appointment by the City Manager. It is anhcipated the Task Force would remam acrive throughout 2000 and early 2001. At that pomt, the City Manager will determme future needs. PROPOSED MEMBERSHIP OF WEED LAW TASK FORCE AND STAFFING. It is anticipated that the Task Force would have ten to fifteen members, mcludtng mterested crtizens, weed management professionals and crty staff from 4-5 departments (maznly Pazks and Recreation, Open Space and Pubhc Works). Staff coordination of the Task Force would be pnmanly provided tttrough the Office of Environmental Affazrs. b.. 4/12/00