After reviewing a plan to all but eliminate herbicide use on Newport parks, playgrounds and other city recreation areas, the Newport City Council Tuesday reasoned, “if it’s good for city parks, why not for all city streets, rights of way and other city properties?
City Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Protiva presented the budding anti-herbicide policy to the council Tuesday, the report a product of a citizens advisory committee. The council seemed pretty satisfied with the recommendations which, by the way, don’t 100% rule out herbicide use, but its use would require City Manager Jim Voetberg’s” approval to use them. The council said they want Voetberg to bring the city public works department into the discussion to suggest that herbicides not be used on city rights of way or other city-owned properties unless of course, they are approved by the city manager.
The council will probably get a final version of the anti-herbicide plan before them within a month or two and then they will make their final determination. From the discussion today, herbicide use will soon be all but banned on Newport city-owned properties. A similar herbicide ban is in place in Waldport.
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