Ogunquit residents will vote Nov. 4 for a second time on an ordinance to ban the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on private property.

Residents approved the ordinance last June, but that vote was voided because town officials forgot to check with the Maine Board of Pesticides Control prior to the vote, as required.

According to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, 24 municipalities in Maine have adopted some type of ordinance that regulates the use of pesticides, but Ogunquit is the only town to extend a ban to private property.

In 2009, Ogunquit voters approved an ordinance that prohibited the use of synthetic pesticides on public land.

The new ordinance would prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, but would allow their use in emergency situations.

– Gillian Graham

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