Revealed: 5/12/2021 3:34:17 PM
LEYDEN — The Selectboard and Board of Well being voted this week to decide out of state Division of Agricultural Assets’ mosquito management program, a choice many cities within the county have made already or are nonetheless discussing.
Cities have been figuring out whether or not to decide out of this system, which relies on latest State Reclamation and Mosquito Management Board laws that assumes all cities and cities have opted into aerial spraying. Municipalities that select to decide out should submit an alternate plan for mosquito administration of their jurisdiction by Might 28.
“The Leyden Selectboard, after listening to from the Board of Well being and round 10 residents, determined that we’re opting out of the state aerial spraying,” Selectboard member Jeffrey Neipp stated Tuesday.
Leyden joined the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Management District following a vote at its 2020 Annual City Assembly. Greenfield, Deerfield, Bernardston, Heath, Rowe and Shutesbury are all members of this district, which was created by Deerfield Selectboard member Carolyn Shores Ness in 2016.
Due to Leyden’s involvement with the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Management District, Neipp stated, “we really feel that our plan that will likely be submitted will likely be OK’d by the state.”
He stated the city coordinates with the district and Board of Well being to determine no matter various measures to aerial spraying are wanted “to maintain West Nile Virus and EEE (Jap equine encephalitis) out of the city.”
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