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UPDATE: Proposed resolution,’No mow May,’ voted down in Appleton

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MONDAY 2/25/2020 5:48 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – A resolution was proposed in Appleton Monday night that would have helped homeowners as well as pollinators.

Appleton Municipal Services proposed the special resolution, called “No mow May.”

The resolution, which was voted down, was intended to allow homeowners to grow their grass as long as they want in the month of May without any consequences from the city.

The move would help pollinators, such as bees, flourish and pollinate into late spring.

Community members met Monday night to weigh in on the possible resolution.

“There’s an urgency and there’s obviously a timeline on this, but it just goes to show that we have a lot more education to do,” says Israel Del Toro, Assistant Biology Professor at Lawrence University. “We have to educate our alder people the value of pollinators in our community, about the value of pollinators, and how important these early-season resources are for our bees and our native pollinators.”

If the resolution is brought back to the committee and passes, the city would have a trial year to see how the change goes.

Original Story: Proposed resolution,’No mow May,’ in Appleton aimed at helping bees, other pollinators

MONDAY 2/24/2020 1:43 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Appleton Municipal Services committee is set to consider a resolution aimed at allowing emerging pollinators, such as bees, to be able to flourish and pollinate plants in late spring.

According to Appleton City Hall, the resolution – called “No mow May” – would result in the Public works Department would refrain from enforcing the long grass ordinance for the month of May until June 15.

The resolution is co-sponsored by multiple alderpersons and is an extension of the City’s commitment as a Bee City USA city.

For more on the proposal, click here.

The Municipal Services Committee meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 on the 6th floor of City Hall.

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