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Ashland City Council won't challenge pesticide decision

The Ashland City Council won't interfere with the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission's decision to restrict but not eliminate pesticide use.

The Parks Commission's May decision came after hundreds of residents had voiced their support for a ban on pesticides, which include herbicides and insecticides.

The City Council voted on Tuesday night not to get a legal opinion from City Attorney Richard Appicello about whether the council can override the decision of the elected Parks Commission. The parks department has a long history of enjoying a quasi-independent status compared to other city of Ashland departments.

City Councilor Carol Voisin proposed getting the legal opinion, citing her concerns about the impacts of pesticides on the health of residents.

However, she was voted down 4-1 by other councilors.

— Vickie Aldous