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2017-06 MOSQUITO BOARD MINUTES Regular Monthly Meeting of the Jefferson County Mosquito District #1 June 22, 2017 Mosquito Board Meeting--Present: Barb Scott,Suzy Combs, Coordinator Jill Allen and Commissioner Cory Kirsch. The meeting was called to order at 4:30 pm at the Central Shop Building. Minutes: Combs moved to accept April 12,2017 minutes as written.Scott seconded. Motion passed. Budget and claims: Cash on hand: $44,335.90 + $22,408.13. Allen presented an overview of the budget/claims. JHS, Inc. $9367.00 (aerial larvaciding/surveying); American Mosquito Control Association $135.00 (membership dues). Commissioner Kirsch asked Allen to gather information as to how much the fee is that each household with the mosquito district is a`sseccedion an annual basis. The reports from the Appraisal and Revenue Department indicate the fee is$20/year. Allen reviewed the price of mosquito control products compared to the accessed fees and it is obvious that the fee is not adequate to offset the exaggerated costs of products/services. Coordinator Report: • Foggers calibrated—Grizzly fogger(in Dodge truck) is in need of some repairs---or possibly needs to be retired. • Spring Training---May 24, 2017 in Great Falls • Update and price quotes on education material—door hangers, posters, etc. Commissioner Kirsch suggested doing a letter to the editor to articulate to the public what the goals/strategies of the mosquito district are. The article would be in addition to handouts, posters, etc. around town. • Potentially offering ground barrier products for the public to purchase---product prices. Board members discussed the pros/cons for providing this service to the public. After a lengthy discussion it was determined that offering this type of service at this time would be too big of a liability risk to the county/district. If a member of the public inquires about such a service Allen will give them direction as to how to seek out a commercial applicator that provides this service. • October training—Whitefish, MT---regional training—October 4-6, 2017 • Mosquito awareness handouts are @ Clerk& Recorder's office,Treasures office, library,etc. • NO SPRAY/FOGGING AREAS-- o Large area ranches where larviciding needs to be done o Several city folks o Hot springs area o Little Boulder area o Beekeeper areas Board Member Report: • Complaints/support of program---Board members brained stormed on how best to handle complaints. Allen encouraged the board members to articulate the goals/strategies of the district as well as share the complications of the "no spray/fog"areas,tall grass areas within the district and the flowing water that runs thru the city limits. All of these are major areas of concern that create habitat for mosquito larvae or adult mosquitoes. Old Business: • Allen gave an update on the season activities. Graff is doing a great job of evening fogging. Allen shared the July 4t" holiday fogging schedule as well as the fairground fogging and city park ground barrier spraying. Allen is working with Glen at the fairgrounds and Dennis Wortman,city public works manager to coordinate mowing/sprinkling schedules. Commissioner Kirsch asked about the maintenance needs for the Dodge truck. Allen will get better details from shop manager Keith Vetch. New Business: National Mosquito Week is June 26-July 1, 2017. Allen will draft a public awareness/spray schedule article for the newspaper. The article will also include the goals/strategies of the district as suggested by Commission Kirsch. Combs moved to adjourn the meeting. Scott seconded. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned 5:15 pm. Next meeting will be determined at a later date. /Barb Scott, Ch is rperson