The wheels of democracy and of human and environmental rights are turning. The County should now put this spraying, still scheduled for this evening, on hold.
Last eve after lengthy public discussion, West Chester Borough Council passed three motions unanimously.
First was to instruct the Borough solicitor to draft an ordinance banning spraying in the Borough.
Second was to instruct the Borough Manager to notify the County to tell them not to spray the Borough.
Third was to instruct the solicitor to file an injunction to halt today’s scheduled spraying by the County.
This is representative government at its best! We are grateful to the 7 members of Borough Council and to Mayor Herrin and to all who participated in that epoch-making meeting.
Please stay tuned.
Background reading from the Community Bill of Rights adopted 3 years ago as part of the Borough’s Home Rule Charter, section 904:
Right to Water. All residents, natural communities and ecosystems in West Chester Borough possess a fundamental and inalienable right to sustainably access, use, consume, and preserve water drawn from natural water cycles that provide water necessary to sustain life within the Borough.
Right to Clean Air. All residents, natural communities and ecosystems in West Chester Borough possess a fundamental and inalienable right to breathe air untainted by toxins, carcinogens, particulates, and other substances known to cause harm to health.
Right to Peaceful Enjoyment of Home. Residents of West Chester Borough possess a fundamental and inalienable right to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, free from interference, intrusion, nuisances, or impediments to access and occupation.
2 thoughts on “Will the Borough be sprayed or not?”
Is this just limited to the County’s spraying, or will this include other spraying the borough permits? It’s my understanding the County hasn’t sprayed for years, yet the borough routinely allows spraying for events, even this year. Don’t get me wrong, I get that the County will be spraying a greater area, but still.
This is a good and complex question. Only the County has claimed the right to spray pesticides on large areas of other people’s property potentially affecting thousands of people, many of whom have no idea it is happening. The County has sprayed in several other municipalities already this summer but not in West Chester Borough since 2012.
We in Don’t Spray Me! do not know of the Borough itself spraying air-borne pesticides; if it were true, we are sure many residents would be against it. We have secured an agreement from the Borough not to spray Roundup. We would like the Borough to forbid the spraying of pesticides in office buildings while employees or the public are present. As to what wording Borough Council emerges with for any ordinances, that will work its way through the system in a transparent manner. But Council’s actions this week concern only County spraying for mosquitoes.
Please share your views with your Borough Council member.