The Hotchkiss Board of Trustees and town staff will have a budget work session on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m.
One item that Mayor Wendell Koontz has requested the public works director to research is the cost for doing some fogging in Hotchkiss next year.
The Town of Hotchkiss and Delta County hired a commercial mosquito control company to fog on Sept. 8. The North Fork Mosquito Abatement District fogged once this past season — before the county fair in the wooded area south of the fairgrounds. The fair board hired the Delta Mosquito Control District #1 to fog the fairgrounds for mosquitoes.
Mike Owens, public works director, said that 8-1/2 miles of town was fogged on Sept. 8 at nine ounces per minute and at 15 miles per hour. Wind was light at one to five miles per hour. Owens said they encountered no problems during the mosquito fogging. Property owners who had notified the town not to fog were flagged not to be fogged.
The commercial fogging truck was accompanied in front and back by town marshal cars with flashing yellow lights.
Mayor Koontz said he, trustee Carrie Wingfield and her husband, deputy Chad Lloyd, attended the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District board meeting on Oct. 8. Lloyd's baby contracted West Nile late in the season.
Koontz asked the NFMAD board for a breakout in costs for larvicide and adulticide. He was told they didn't have those figures. The draft NFMAD budget shows $52,000 for supplies proposed for 2013.
The Town of Hotchkiss wants the district to discuss the threshold level when the district would fog for mosquitoes.
The mayor said the NFMAD had five candidates for two openings on the board. Tom Wills, John Sells, Rain Klepper, Bill Brunner and Glenn Austin expressed interest. The NFMAD board appointed Klepper and Austin.
The next NFMAD board meeting will be in Hotchkiss on Nov. 12.blog comments powered by Disqus