Oct 18, 2018

Public Services Committee

October 25, 2017
Meetings & Notices

Office of the City Council
City of North Adams
10 Main Street Room 109
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247
(413) 662-3015
Wednesday October 25, 2017
The Public Services Committee of the North Adams City Council will meet on
Wednesday October 25th at 6:00pm in the City Council Chambers.
AGENDA: Pollinator Resolution
Joshua J.

October 25, 2017 Public Service Committee: Pollinator Resolution
Committee Members present:
h Joshua Moran V Chair
h Keith Bona
Councilors present:
h Eric Buddington
Tony Pisano
Meeting Start: 6:05 pm - Adjourned: 7:10 pm
Submitted by Joshua Moran, Chair
After much discussion with members of the public and Councilor Buddington, pollinators are essential
part of food production in Berkshire County and throughout the country. From FACTSHEET: An Act to
Protect Massachusetts Pollinators H.2113. filed by Rep Carolyn Dykema (attached):
Background: Pollinators (which include honeybees and other pollinating insects and animals) are
responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat. In Massachusetts, many of our mot important
crops require insect pollinators, including cranberries, blueberries, and apples. These and many other
crops are threatened by the precipitous drop in pollinators, and an increasing number of studies point to
a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, as a primary culprit.
An Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators (H.2113):
h Requires that neonicotinoids be applied only by licensed or certified applicators
h Limits application during the blooming season to agriculture and horticultural uses
h Requires pesticides applicators to give the property owner a notice of risks associated with
neonicotinoids to pollinators, and alternative products which could be used
h Requires that seeds, plants, or other materials treated with neonicotinoids be labeled at point of
h Neonicotinoid training will be integrated into the existing pesticide applicator licensing process
h The Dept. of Transportation will be directed to identify opportunities for the introduction of
pollinator habitats on department property (ie., along highways).
Possible options to encourage pollinators throughout the city limits:
h Mowing less areas (but maintain a clean mowed edge for aesthetics),
h Signage in areas of natural growth for purpose and education,
h Establish a best acceptable practice with DPW and Parks and Recreation.
Public Services Committee approved to table the meeting until a further date where feed back from the
DPW and Parks and Recreation could be had. Councilor Buddington will be meeting with the DPW and
Parks and Recreation prior to next Public Services Committee.