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Town of Chevy Chase
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Send Date:
5/13/2015 2:26:46 PM
Email Subject:
Treatment of Lawton Center Grounds

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The Town recently learned that a subcontractor to the Town’s landscaping contractor applied a pre-emergent (Barricade) and an herbicide (Escalade) to the grassy areas at the Lawton Community Center. This work was done on April 24.

The Town did not authorize this work, as is required by the Town’s contract, and was not aware of it until it was completed and brought to our attention by neighbors. In response, the Town contacted its landscaping contractor to question what was done and why it was done without the Town’s consent. The contractor looked into the matter and found that its subcontractor visited all of the contractor’s client sites to apply these chemicals without first obtaining permission from the contractor. The Town’s contractor apologized for this mistake and promised that this issue has been addressed and such work will not occur in the future.

Several residents have expressed concern with the application of these chemicals and the need to avoid the treated areas. While these chemicals are publicly available and used extensively in commercial applications, Town staff contacted the contractor to inquire about specific safety precautions. We were told that people should avoid treated areas until the product has dried completely, usually about two hours following application. In addition, we were told that, given the recent spate of hot weather, the product should have fully dissipated and the treated areas should no longer pose any safety concerns.

We understand that this work has presented some concerns to Town residents and that some may choose to avoid these treated areas for additional time.

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The Town recently learned that a subcontractor to the Town’s landscaping contractor applied a pre-emergent (Barricade) and an herbicide (Escalade) to the grassy areas at the Lawton Community Center. This work was done on April 24.

The Town did not authorize this work, as is required by the Town’s contract, and was not aware of it until it was completed and brought to our attention by neighbors. In response, the Town contacted its landscaping contractor to question what was done and why it was done without the Town’s consent. The contractor looked into the matter and found that its subcontractor visited all of the contractor’s client sites to apply these chemicals without first obtaining permission from the contractor. The Town’s contractor apologized for this mistake and promised that this issue has been addressed and such work will not occur in the future.

Several residents have expressed concern with the application of these chemicals and the need to avoid the treated areas. While these chemicals are publicly available and used extensively in commercial applications, Town staff contacted the contractor to inquire about specific safety precautions. We were told that people should avoid treated areas until the product has dried completely, usually about two hours following application. In addition, we were told that, given the recent spate of hot weather, the product should have fully dissipated and the treated areas should no longer pose any safety concerns.

We understand that this work has presented some concerns to Town residents and that some may choose to avoid these treated areas for additional time.

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An update on the treatment of the Lawton Center grounds has been sent via the Town Crier. For more information, please contact the Town Office.