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.
Hooks read proclamations in honor of Volunteer Week (April 6-12) and Telecommunications Week (April 13-19) in the city. A large number of volunteers from the Citizens Police Academy, Parker County REACT and other volunteer groups were thanked for their work by Hooks and the audience. Local 911 dispatchers were also thanked for their service.
After a brief executive session, the council approved expanding the Building and Standards Commission to add two alternate members and appointed Jim Saunders to serve as an alternate for a two-year term ending April 2016.
Other board appointments made were:
• Cynthia Wilson Stell to the Planning & Zoning Commission, filling an unexpired term which ends Dec. 31 2015.
• Debbie Browder to the Historic Preservation Commission.
• Edwina Himes to the Parks and Recreation Board for a term beginning June 1, 2014.
• Matt Anderson to the county official opening on the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, filling an unexpired term to end July 1, 2015.
• Rachel Ground to the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, for a term to end Aug. 31, 2015.
• Robert Chad Marbut to the Transportation Advisory Board for a term to end Aug. 31, 2015.