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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Request for pesticide-free parks to be heard

March 26, 2007

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Bottom line

City commissioners will hear from a group of residents who want all parks in the city maintained without the use of pesticides.

Background

The city has been maintaining Watson Park for nearly two years without the use of pesticides to test the effectiveness of banning pesticide use in parks. There are 33 other smaller parks where the city does not use pesticides. Pesticides are part of the maintenance program in 18 city parks.

Other business

Recognitions

¢ Recognition of Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Award recipient.

¢ Presentation of Foundation Award to Community Wireless Communications Freenet.

¢ Proclaim Saturday, March 31, as Dance Across Lawrence Day.

¢ Proclaim April 2-7 as Lawrence Pride Week.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from March 6.

¢ Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ Approve all claims.

¢ Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

¢ Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Authorize the city manager to enter into a contract with Airport Development Group for $54,500 for engineering services for runway safety improvements, pending a grant offer from FAA.

b.) Set a bid opening date of May 1 for runway safety improvements at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

c.) Authorize the city manager to enter into a contract with Mayer Specialty Services LLC for $216,674.85 to complete the 2007 sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation project.

d.) Award bid for thermal imaging cameras for the Fire & Medical Department to Conrad Fire Equipment for $28,687.50.

e.) Authorize the city manager to enter into lease agreements for approximately 320 acres of farm land south of the Wakarusa River with Shuck Farms (178 acres) and Norman and Ralph Leary (150 acres) for $121 per acre.

f.) Authorize the city manager to enter into a lease agreement for approximately 20 acres of farm land located near pump station No. 48 with Shuck Farms for $50 per acre.

g.) Approve additional funding for upgraded streetlights on Kasold Drive for $29,850.

h.) Approve bid for car wash service for all departments to Zarco 66 Inc. and detailing service to Custom Highline for $14,000.

i.) Authorize the city manager to issue a change order to MV Transportation Inc. to increase service hours for T Lift Paratransit service until July 1 for $10,218.

j.) Award bid for one mini packer refuse truck for the Public Works Department to Roy Conley for $73,705.

k.) Award bid for one rear load refuse truck for the Public Works Department to Roy Conley for $159,174.

i.) Approve purchase of 2,236 bicycle helmets for the Fire & Medical Department Wheeled Sports Program from Helmets R Us Inc. for $17,043.60.

¢ Adopt on first reading, joint city/county ordinance amending Horizon 2020, Chapter 5 Residential Land Use, to replace Figure 5-1 with the Neighborhood Concept.

¢ Adopt on second and final reading, Ordinance No. 8082, establishing penalties for the violation of city firearm possession ordinance.

¢ Accept dedication of easements and rights-of-way on PF-01-02-07, a final plat for Diamondhead, located at the southeast quadrant of the South Lawrence Trafficway and West Sixth Street.

¢ Approve request to initiate rezoning for Z-01-01-07: a tract of land approximately .91 acres, from PCD-2 (Planned Commercial Development) to RM 24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential). The property is located at the southeast quadrant of the South Lawrence Trafficway and West Sixth Street.

¢ Approve the following items related to the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan:

a.) Adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8093, creating a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and designating a Neighborhood Revitalization Area; and

b.) Approve developer agreement between the city of Lawrence and Cinco Hombres.

¢ receive city manager's report

Regular agenda

¢ Conduct public hearing on proposed special assessment benefit district for the improvement of Williamsburg Drive. There is no city financial participation in the improvements to this private street.

¢ Conduct public hearing on the following landmark designations:

a.) Public hearing for consideration of placing the structure located at 925 Vt. on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.

b.) Public hearing for consideration of placing the structure located at 621 Conn. on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.

c.) Public hearing for consideration of placing the structure located at 1646 Mass. on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.

¢ Receive commission direction on proposed submission to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) concerning possible safety project for Iowa street (left turn lane) near Stratford and University Drive.

¢ Receive request from Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods concerning rental registration ordinance.

¢ Receive presentation from Maria Stockett concerning pesticide-free park initiatives.

¢ Receive letter from attorney concerning planned Kansas Turnpike Authority interchange near Tonganoxie.

Commission items

¢ Commissioner Mike Rundle requests discussion on the following items:

¢ Proposed changes to the traffic ordinance, specifically those that relate to truck weight limits and the use of tag axles.

¢ Discussion/comments on code provisions for retail marketing analysis.

Comments

Pilgrim 7 years ago

Posted by George_Braziller (anonymous) on March 27, 2007 at 5:25 p.m.

Pilgrim - I don't have a problem with chiggers in my yard.


Probably afraid to go out there for fear of being carried off by the bugs.

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Pilgrim 7 years ago

Posted by crazyks (anonymous) on March 27, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.

I think all he meant, Pilgrim, is that a lot of pesticides are petroleum based. Thus, their manufacture and use does profit the big oil companies.


Well, that's what happens when you offer a product that benefits the purchaser. You make a profit. That's how it's supposed to work.

The benefits in this case far outweigh the profits.

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Linda Endicott 7 years ago

It depends on what's in it. Some mouthwash has alcohol in it (and I mean isopropyl alcohol), and you should NEVER drink it.

Did you know that toothpaste has a warning on it not to swallow it?

Did you know that dishwashing liquid (like Dawn) has a warning to keep it out of the reach of children? Why? What the hell is in it?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years ago

Will drinking mouthwash harm you? Just wondered, the bunch at the Drop In Center like to drink mint flavored any kind will do.

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Linda Endicott 7 years ago

I really do wonder about all of the people here who think that dousing home and yard with chemicals is okay, and not in the least bit harmful to anyone.

Any chemical that is put on lawns or in your home could, depending on the chemical, be absorbed through the skin. Not to mention that chemicals applied to lawns will end up in the ground water supply, which eventually will end up in the rivers, where they will eventually end up coming out of your kitchen or bathroom faucet.

Do you all think that ingesting chemicals is a good thing?

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Linda Endicott 7 years ago

I think all he meant, Pilgrim, is that a lot of pesticides are petroleum based. Thus, their manufacture and use does profit the big oil companies.

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Pilgrim 7 years ago

Posted by merrill (anonymous) on March 27, 2007 at 5:31 p.m.

Besides a healthier and safer envrionment for children,pets,Dads and pregnant moms it might put Lawrence one step closer to these lists.

http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php...


One of the last places Lawrence wants to emulate is Boulder, CO.

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Pilgrim 7 years ago

Posted by merrill (anonymous) on March 27, 2007 at 3 a.m.

The oil companies love the chemical lawn treatment business. Perhaps these products would not be so prevalent if it had not been for special interest groups and campaign funding? Who would have ever thought Chem Lawn armies would be running about saturating yards with cancer related products?


Lord, you are a one-trick pony, aren't you, Richard? Everything is always the fault of one corporation or another.

...not to mention seasonal human weed pullers could be quite effective.


Physically pull all the weeds I see in all the public green spaces, and all you will have left is dirt. And a bunch of people needing appointments with chiropractors to heal their aching backs.

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George_Braziller 7 years ago

Pilgrim - I don't have a problem with chiggers in my yard.


The bugs and weeds have to stop at the same place you do, George -- my property line.

Enjoy those chigger bites, pal. And you can have mine, too.

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George_Braziller 7 years ago

They may work like pesticides but THEY won't kill YOU as well as the bug or weed.

"Posted by armyguy (anonymous) on March 26, 2007 at 11:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

George I guess you know all about all that you can "kill weeds in your sidewalk with just plain off-the-shelf vinegar. You can kill roaches with boric acid, slugs with beer, powdery mildew with baking soda, black spot on roses with skim milk"

Those things are all called pesticides

Give me the DDT, raid or anything else that stops all bugs"

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Richard Heckler 7 years ago

I am surprised people take cancer so lightly even though it'sexpensive and painful to treat and many times terminal. Carcinogenic ingredients are present in pestcides,herbicdes and fungicides. Women and children are for what ever reason are very susceptible. Pregnant women and children are constantly cautioned regarding exposure to these killing chemicals on the product levels as are pets.

Cancer takes years to show up. How does anyone know that someone you know who has/had cancer was not a result of exposure to a carcinogenic landscape mainentance product? Cancer does not show up a day,week or one year later.

Pesticides,herbicides and fungicides are loaded with carcinogenic ingredients as are chemical fertilizers.

The oil companies love the chemical lawn treatment business. Perhaps these products would not be so prevalent if it had not been for special interest groups and campaign funding? Who would have ever thought Chem Lawn armies would be running about saturating yards with cancer related products?

There are park departments and golf courses being successfully maintained using natural and/or organic products not to mention seasonal human weed pullers could be quite effective.

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Linda Endicott 7 years ago

We have to kill all the chiggers now?

I thought chiggers were just a part of summer.

Are we all hot-house flowers now?

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armyguy 7 years ago

Perhaps then I would not have to manually kill all the small critters that illegally come into my yard.

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armyguy 7 years ago

That would include agent orange, chlordane, and all the other stuff that works

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HughJass 7 years ago

Cool is against pesticides - because we could use them to get rid of him.

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armyguy 7 years ago

George I guess you know all about all that you can "kill weeds in your sidewalk with just plain off-the-shelf vinegar. You can kill roaches with boric acid, slugs with beer, powdery mildew with baking soda, black spot on roses with skim milk"

Those things are all called pesticides

Give me the DDT, raid or anything else that stops all bugs

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Dambudzo 7 years ago

Posted by hawkperchedatriverfront (anonymous) on March 26, 2007 at 7:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dambudzo...keep those sheep locked up at nite. They might get taken advantage of....you know what i mean?

If you ever get feelin lonely...

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Pilgrim 7 years ago

Posted by George_Braziller (anonymous) on March 26, 2007 at 9:44 p.m.

Accept nature for what she is. If you want to not be exposed to any insect, weed, or thorn stay in your hermetically sealed house in front of the television with your can of Raid that you use like air freshener.


The bugs and weeds have to stop at the same place you do, George -- my property line.

Enjoy those chigger bites, pal. And you can have mine, too.

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George_Braziller 7 years ago

Pesticides kill EVERYTHING including beneficial insects such as lady bugs, bees, and garden spiders. Herbicides and pesticides both eventually end up in the water supply. If you have a few aphids the lady bugs will eventually take care of them if you haven't killed them with a broad spectrum pesticide.

You can kill weeds in your sidewalk with just plain off-the-shelf vinegar. You can kill roaches with boric acid, slugs with beer, powdery mildew with baking soda, black spot on roses with skim milk --- the list goes on and on. I have four cats, none of them wear flea collars and don't have a problem with fleas. Plant fern leaf tansy around the area where they hang out.

Healthy plants have their own defenses. Bone and blood meal as well as epsom salts will give you plants that are healthy and strong.

I've owned my house for 14 years and have only used an herbicide once. Roundup carefully applied to some poison ivy growing on a maple tree. It's one of the few that neutralizes in the environment.

Accept nature for what she is. If you want to not be exposed to any insect, weed, or thorn stay in your hermetically sealed house in front of the television with your can of Raid that you use like air freshener.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years ago

Dambudzo...keep those sheep locked up at nite. They might get taken advantage of....you know what i mean?

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Dambudzo 7 years ago

Posted by Reality_Check (anonymous) on March 26, 2007 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So, do we have any evidence whatsoever that pesticides used in the parks for the past X years have caused any harm? Do we have any evidence that the lack of 'cides in parks in which they haven't been used recently have resulted in a healthier population of park users? How about NEITHER.

Therefore, without a scientific basis for change, why change

This argument closely resembles the argument for Global warming.

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Pilgrim 7 years ago

Posted by cool (anonymous) on March 26, 2007 at 3:13 p.m.

NO PESTICIDES !


Alrighty then. I nominate cool to be the city pesticide tester. It will be assigned to go to every park in Lawrence and roll around in the grass/weeds for at least 30 minutes per park. Then Ernie Shaw can go check it to see if it has been eaten by chiggers or other undesireable critters. If cool stays bug bite free, and the parks are not seas of dandelions, plantain, etc, we'll know the program is working. If cool is riddled with bug bites, we will demand to know in which parks those bites were received so we can know which parks to avoid until the first hard freeze.

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armyguy 7 years ago

I would like to request that city use any and all pesticide's at the park that backs up to my house, then I would not have use as much on my yard killing all those pesky little creatures. Think of the children that would be saved from deadly harm by the ticks, chiggers, and all the other creepy crawly insects and bugs.

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Reality_Check 7 years ago

So, do we have any evidence whatsoever that pesticides used in the parks for the past X years have caused any harm? Do we have any evidence that the lack of 'cides in parks in which they haven't been used recently have resulted in a healthier population of park users? How about NEITHER.

Therefore, without a scientific basis for change, why change?

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Dambudzo 7 years ago

My Guineas do a hell of a job on the bugs. My sheep eat most of the weeds.

Now if I could find and animal that consumes their feces.

It's tuff going natural.

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Godot 7 years ago

Commissioner Rundle requests

¢ Discussion/comments on code provisions for retail marketing analysis.

Just won't let that go, will he?

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Godot 7 years ago

Great. They propose new codes that require a park every two blocks; now someone wants to make sure they are weedy, buggy parks. Yuk.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years ago

Maybe your neighbors were the ones the "hawk' saw with the kid who had matted, raggedy string hair and the parents were pushing a stroller and they didn't look much better. They and their ilk are very much alive in Lawrence and the Chamber and the commission and the neighborhood groups boast of them as being part of the diversity of the community. Who would rent to them? The Housing Authority does and then evicts them for the very reasons you discussed. Then, the Hilda's of Lawrence come out of the Country Club dining room and complain about the "poor people".

City of diversity, city of controversy, city of decline. Bring back the BRAIN...call Corliss about the reward.

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blue73harley 7 years ago

It is more than weeds, hawk. When the article says pesticides it is refering both to insecticides and herbicides. I had neighbors who didn't believe in pesitcides. Their house became infested with fleas. They still refused to use them even though their toddler was suffering. I do not understand these people. I am glad they moved before I had to call the SRS on them. Apparently they, and their ilk, are alive and well in Lawrence.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years ago

Hey,,,let those weed pullers start at Burcham Park and continue on north and float across the river to Riverfront park and weed around the dog poop and the hike along the levee and weed it while they are at it. Give them some real WEED jobs.

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