Public Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:05 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:10 P.M.

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Gary Rosen
Councilor Barbara G Haller
Councilor Frederick C Rushton

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Gary Rosen
Councilor Barbara G. Haller
Councilor Frederick C. Rushton
Also:Councilor Joffrey A. Smith
Clint McFarland, USDA
Dr. Phillip Lewis, USDA
Ken Gooch, Massachusetts DCR
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

Communication of the City Manager


Transmitting informational communication relative to a USDA proposal to institute a Pilot Tree Treatment Program to prevent the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
# 7.39C CM August 11, 2009


Recommend Accept the Communication and authorize implementation of the USDA plan to undertake an Asian Longhorned Beetle pilot chemical treatment program using imidacloprid and three alternative chemicals this Fall and in the Spring of 2010.



Request City Manager provide City Council with an accounting of the $24.5 million of federal and state funds expended to combat the Asian Longhorned Beetle.


Request City Manager report to City Council the estimated number of Norway Maple trees that may be saved within the Asian Longhorned Beetle regulation area, through the proposed Spring 2010 imidacloprid inoculation, relying upon existing scientific data as to efficacy and available funds required to conduct the first year's treatment for up to 100,000 trees.


Request City Manager provide City Council with copies of any available imidacloprid environmental impact studies as they relate to insect, bee, bird, domestic pet and human populations.


Request City Manager to consider coordinating public and private use of imidacloprid.


Request City Manager to publicly post the 600 trees that are designated to be part of the imidacloprid test program.