Minot city leaders to tackle excessive weeds, construction garbage

MINOT, N.D. - A big issue set to come up in next Tuesday's Minot City Council meeting--overgrowth taking over Minot.

A growing number of residents say they're fed up with excessive weeds and construction garbage cluttering the town. Residents have complained to their alderman that weeds have taken over their yards, with some pets getting sick or injured. Others have complained over weeks or leftover building materials taking over desolate lots.

City leaders noted that they've received roughly 700 complaints on the issue this year already, double the number at this point last year.

“In the old days, we used to have somebody who might neglect their property, have weeds. We have a weed control ordinance, it was a simple thing--that's not what this is now. We have scores of acres of weed-producing area affecting lots of people all over the place. This is a different problem than I think we've seen in the past,” said Alderman Stephan Podrygula.

Mayor Chuck Barney is expected to call a special ad-hoc committee next week to look into solutions for cleaning up the city.