BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of Supervisors of Franklin County, Iowa, that pursuant to provisions of Chapter 317, Code of Iowa, it is hereby ordered:

  1. That each owner and each person in the possession or control of any land shall cut, burn or otherwise destroy all noxious weeds thereon, as defined in this Chapter, as such times in each year and in such manner as shall prevent said weeds from blooming bearing seeds or coming to maturity, and shall keep said lands free from such growth of any other seeds as shall render the streets or highways adjoining said land unsafe for public travel. Noxious weeds shall be cut, burned or otherwise destroyed on or before the following dates and as often thereafter as necessary to prevent seed production:
    • Group 1: June 15 for Leafy spurge; Marijuana Plants; Perennial Pepper-grass; Buckthorn Rhamnus, not to include Rhamnus Frangula); Sour Dock Perennial Smooth Dock Perennial and Sheep Sorrel Perennial.
    • Group 2: July 1 for Canada Thistle; Russian Knapweek; Buckhorn; Perennial and Wild Mustard Annual.
    • Group 3: July 15 for European Morning Glory or Field Bindweed; Wild Carrot Biennial, also known as Queen Anne's Lace; Poison Hemlock, Multiflora Rose, Common and Giant Ragweed and wild parsnip.
    • Group 4: July 15 for Horse Nettle; Perennial Sow Thistle; Quack Grass; Butterprint Annual; Cocklebur; Bull Thistle; Wild Sunflower Annual; Teasel Biennial; Puncture Vine Annual; Shattercane Annual and all other species of Thistles belonging in genera of Cirsium and Carduus
  2. That each owner and each person in the possession or control of land including right of way in Franklin County infested with any noxious weeds listed above shall adopt a program of weed destruction described by the Weed Commissioner which in five years may be expected to destroy and will immediately keep under control such infestations of said noxious weeds.
  3. That if the owners or persons in possession or control of any land including right of way in Franklin County fail to comply with the foregoing orders, the Weed Commissioner shall cause this to be done and the expense of said work, including cost of serving notice and other costs, if any, to be assessed against the real estate. Applicable County or State ordinances whatever is more stringent can be implemented.
  4. It will be the responsibility of each owner and each person in the possession or control of land to destroy said weeds in Franklin County Secondary Road ditches.
  5. The County Auditor be and is hereby directed to cause notice of the making and entering the foregoing order by one publication in each of the official newspapers of the County.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Franklin County be designated as a weed control unit.


Signed and dated this 14th day of April, 2014.

Download 2014 Noxious Weed Control Resolution (.pdf)