TO: Mayor and Town Council
FROM: W. Calvin Horton, Town Manager
SUBJECT: Response to a Petition Regarding Integrated Pest Management
DATE: November 21, 2005
The purpose of this report is to respond to a Council petition (Attachment 1) received on October 3, 2005 from Ms. Julie Vann requesting adoption of an Integrated Pest Management Plan with provisions to eliminate the use of herbicides on Town owned properties.
On July 7, 1999, the Council adopted a Least Toxic Integrated Pest Management Policy as a component of the Town’s Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (Attachment 2). This plan was developed in consultation with members of the Sierra Club and the Agricultural Resources Center with the stated goal to “minimize the use of conventional chemical pesticides on Town owned properties”.
A key component of the Town’s Least Toxic Integrated Pest Management Plan is the designation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator responsible for keeping a comprehensive record of all pesticide use on Town owned properties and assuring that all pesticide applications are deemed necessary and are done in a manner consistent with the policy’s goals and objectives. Attachment 3, the Town’s FY 2004-05 Integrated Pest Management/Pesticide Report provides information compiled by the Integrated Pest Management Coordinator on pesticide use in the most recent fiscal year. Key points from this report, along with related background information, include:
We believe that the Town’s Least Toxic Pest Management Policy is effective in minimizing the use of pesticides on Town owned properties. The Town’s Landscape Maintenance staff makes every effort to avoid pesticide applications in areas that are heavily used, especially playgrounds, by utilizing mechanical methods of weed control in these areas instead of pesticide applications. Where pesticide applications are utilized, we believe that the combination of proper pesticide selection and application, as required by the policy, and the notification requirements for pesticide applications in the Strowd Rose Garden, provide assurance that the public is protected from toxic pesticide contact.