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Pueblo neighborhood helps city with weed clean-up

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Along a small stretch of Jackson Street, in Pueblo, the Neighborhood Watch keeps an eye out for a very specific unwanted visitor.

"Weeds, [they're] really bad," said John Nesbitt.

It's a problem they saw pop up this past spring.

"You'd be out there making sure your yard looked nice.  And two doors down, the weeds would come up to your waist.  And it was discouraging," Nesbitt explained.

Code Enforcement has responded in the past, despite being inundated with calls about overgrown weeds.  

But the problem was with some of the homes on Nesbitt's street was they were either condemned or seemingly abandoned.

A ticket could be issued--but who would clean it up?

And that's where Nesbitt and several of his neighbors stepped in.

"We've cleaned up the green one.  We've cleaned this one here.  The one at the end of the street--we finally got a hold of the homeowner and he got a guy to come over and do it," he told News5, pointing towards homes on both sides of him.

He says with permission from code enforcement, they've been maintaining several of the yards on a regular basis.

"When it grows, Brian comes over and trims out all down about once a week," said Nesbitt.

"I got it looking 10x better than it was.  It doesn't even look that good now, but we do the best we can," said Brian Ropp, who lives next door to one of the condemned homes.

Though he says there are certain restrictions that come with the weed maintenance, like staying out of the backyard.

"I take care of the alley and the front yard--and try and make it look livable," explained Ropp.

Nesbitt says there's more yards they'd like to get to--but they haven't gotten permission from code enforcement or the homeowner to do so just yet.

Admittedly, the two homes they are maintaining have kept them busy.
"We cut this down the day before the fair," Nesbitt said, pointing at a group of weeds that had already grown back.

"So it's about that time again."

He's hoping their initiative might spread to other parts of town.

"Nothing happens overnight, but it will happen--if you do it by the law."

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