2016-04-29 / Letters

Ban could have unexpected consequences

To the editor:

The following is a copy of my mailings to South Portland City Council members:

The economic downsides of the proposed pesticide plan give many of us concern.

According to a recent Yellow Pages’ “Lawn Care” listing, there are 11 in South Portland, five in Cape Elizabeth, four in Scarborough and 11 in Portland. Should the anti-pesticide ordinance become effective, these services could go out of business. Reduced activity could affect local restaurants and other South Portland businesses. Local streams of income and tax revenues could be negatively affected.

Then, there is the real estate industry aspect. The first thing a prospective buyer sees is the front of a house and its yard. If there is a vista of weeds and dandelions, that buyer could drive away without ever looking at the home’s interior.

We are relieved you are researching the scientific history of the pros and cons of lawn pesticides. The prospect of neighbors spying on one another and reporting suspicious yard maintenance is an unpleasant alternative.

Why add another legal issue to the existing tangle of lawsuits? No doubt, the local and bordering lawn care companies would be happy to meet and work out a resolution to suit everyone’s satisfaction. Please contact these lawn maintenance businesses. Hopefully, a solution is at hand.

Caring for our environment is our highest priority. However, the aspect of a dwindling income could jeopardize support of South Portland services and utilities as well as overall city economic health. No doubt, you are aware of the impending stories of future job loss in South Portland.

Please consider a compromise to the pesticide debate. Our existing and future local and neighboring businesses would like to stay here.

Mary G. Lancey South Portland

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