A request from a group of Ellsworth High School students to paint some downtown crosswalks with rainbow colors as a sign of support for local LGBTQ residents failed before the City Council on Monday night in a split 3-3 vote.

Councilors Dale Hamilton, John Phillips and Robert Miller voted in favor of the measure, while councilors Heather Grindle, John Moore and Marc Blanchette voted against it. Councilor Michelle Kaplan, who is running for a seat in the Maine House this fall, declined to cast a vote on the measure, saying she thought it should go out to a local referendum vote.