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Pesticide Committee Would Bring Stakeholders to the Table

The Village Board hopes a potential committee will develop a pesticide policy that addresses each group's concerns.

The Whitefish Bay Village Board hopes to reach a consensus on the hotly contested issue of pesticides in public parks by bringing together stakeholders to develop a plan that addresses concerns from both sides.

After holding a listening session in July, the Village Board met Monday night to discuss, among other issues, how it should proceed with the input gathered from the public hearing.

Trustee Jay Miller proposed a committee of stakeholders be formed to reach a consensus and recommend a policy to the Village Board. Miller said the committee could be led by staff members from the village and the school district and could also include representation from Whitefish Bay Soccer Club, Friends of Bay Baseball, Duke Pride, Whitefish Bay Little League, Healthy Communities Project and the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.

In the meantime, Miller suggested pesticide applications scheduled for Sept. 27 be canceled at Klode Park, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"klode-park"} -->, and . All other parks and green space receive an annual liquid application of weed and feed — with an exception for the playground areas at and

Angela September 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I'm proud of all Trustees, with the exception of "I’m not sure there’s a middle ground to be found" President Siegel (great leadership, Julie!!). Her arrogance and poor attitude displayed during board meetings continue to disappoint me. She needs to remember who she is representing and how she got there.
Bob McBride September 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
She could be right, though. To what extent are those opposed to conventional pesticides and herbicides willing to accept their continued use?
Just the Facts September 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Julie is right...Look at history of this topic...failed pilot..policy adopted...reviewed ...listening sessions ..threats...now this...
Chris Anderson September 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
President Siegel is exactly right here, as is McBride, there is no middle ground. The anti pesticide people will not stop until they aren't used anywhere. each year the village has compromised and each year the anti-pesticide people come back the next year, making demands. Having a committee do this is nonsense, just the trustees passing the buck to a new set of UNELECTED people. 80% of villagers use pesticides on their property, and the trustees just abandoned them for an organized minority. Unreal.
Kelly A September 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Agree with Angela!
AWD September 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I just signed up TruGreen for 2013, AWD is Pro-Pesticide and anti-Obama so I will NOT side with the radicals on this topic. Every day in the Northshore we see the anti-Pesticide Nazis abuse government power by terrorizing homeowners and lawn care businesses, this must stop. If these anti-Pesticide Nazis want to pick dandelions out of their yards to make tea fine, do it…but keep your radical agenda off of my property. (queue up scary music) I will spray my lawn with the evil pesticides and NOT put up a sign. So when your little puppy takes a pee on my lawn…OH NO! He will have PESTICIDE on his paws! And it will be dragged into your home! And your family will get sick! And your kid’s grades will suffer! Oh the humanity! AWD believes the banning DDT was one of the most disgraceful episodes in the Twentieth Century history of America.
Michael Scott September 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
It's as easy for them to ignore your experts as it for you to ignore the research they can produce backing up their position. You have differing opinions. You won't believe their research, they won't believe yours. Stalemate ensues. Have you not heard of the great global warming debate with supposedly reputable experts on both sides of the table spewing contradictory positions?
Just the Facts September 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
A ...How 'bout this....We have the EPA to oversee this not you and the other 'experts' who reside in the Bay........
A September 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It amazes me that people can discount the informed opinions of physicians and PhD scientists and decide that Julie Siegel should choose where to spray pesticides.
Alol September 19, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Enjoy that cancer in a few years, WAD. Hope you have a good health insurance plan in place before you're diagnosed.
Mr. Wonderful September 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Shorewood went pesticide free a few years ago and the public areas look fine. Check out River Park by Spector - I think it actually looks better than it ever did. @AWD - As far as being an "any-Pesticide Nazi", it really boils down to this: just because you are spraying pesticides on your lawn, doesn't mean they stay there. It rains and spreads into the surrounding areas and water ways. So likewise, keep your agenda off my property as well. I realize your funny post is meant to get a rise out of people, but look at the lake and the effect pesticides and fertilizers have had on it.
Alol September 19, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Yeah, and thanks for that cancer in advance, AWAD. Can I send you my hospital bills?
Jenny Heyden September 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
How many women and moms are dying of cancer in our area? How many families affected by cancer? Why are we not hellbent to finding out why the rate is so high here? Would seem to be in all of our best interests. This is interesting. http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/topics/technology-and-supply-chain/monsanto-weedkiller-and-gm-maize-in-shocking-cancer-study/232603.article
Bob McBride September 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Find the answers, then start banning stuff. Jumping from a study on rats in the UK to WFB's pesticide policy leaves open the possibility of missing the mark by a long margin.

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