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No Mow May

This was part of my April 2, 2022 newsletter. After publication, the "No Mow May" resolution passed unanimously at the April 4, 2022 Council meeting.

 

DC-1 (22-0613) Resolution to Support The No Mow Initiative 2022


This week, a number of residents reached out to Council after reading an article in the New York Times about the idea.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/28/travel/no-mow-may-wisconsin.html


Environmental experts recommend leaving early spring growth undisturbed for the benefit of pollinators and a number of municipalities have adopted the idea of “No Mow May.” I am a cosponsor for DC-1, a resolution declaring “No Mow May” in Ann Arbor. In other municipalities that have instituted it, there is an opportunity for residents to register their participation so that properties can be temporarily exempt from various ordinances that require mowing and maintenance. Agenda item DC-1 does not include this element of registration/exemption; it is a public recommendation, entirely voluntary. To learn more about No Mow May, see:

https://beecityusa.org/no-mow-may