By BRIAN SMITH
City officials gave an update on how they plan to deal with the upcoming mosquito season during Weatherford’s city council meeting Tuesday night.
Consumer Health Inspector Angel Rudolph said much of the mosquito prevention will begin May 1 and run through Oct. 31. Six traps will be set at different places around the city with weekly samples taken by city workers to determine if there are any mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. If any are found, a company has been hired to provide spraying in those infected areas.
A map on the city’s website will show where the traps are. Complaint forms are also available on the site for those who are seeing an abnormally high number of mosquitoes in their area.
Each residence will be given two mosquito dunks free of charge to be placed in standing water which can alleviate the problem, Rudolph said. A list of things residents can do to further alleviate the problem will be placed in utility bills later this month.
In 2013, one mosquito found in a trap in October had West Nile, Rudolph said. That area was sprayed and nothing further was found. Rudolph also said one Weatherford resident did contract the disease in 2013, but it was unclear as to whether the mosquito was from Weatherford or outside the area, as the man did say he traveled quite a bit.
In other news, approval for naming the water treatment plant in honor of Dr. Paul Phillips was given. Phillips was a Municipal Utility Board member for many years before his passing March 5.
Mayor Dennis Hooks said Phillips “carried the flag for us so much” with his serving on the board and naming the plant after him is a fitting tribute.
Assistant City Manager Sharon Hayes said Phillips was a dentist by trade but “knew a little bit about a lot of things.” Phillips was instrumental in the construction of the water plant and also the Benbrook pipeline, Hayes said.