Citizen airs spraying concerns

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday agreed to examine its mosquito spraying program.
A village resident said the public should be made aware of the times the village sprays for mosquitoes at the park and throughout the village.
The woman told council that children were out playing just after the village sprayed for mosquitoes last year. She wondered if residents could be informed about spraying schedules so they can keep children and dogs inside.
The woman also said herbicides were applied at the village park at the same time children were playing there.
“They don’t need to be spraying when there are kids down there. Not at all,” Councilman Rich Rose said.
Separately, Mayor Mike Julien suggested using a 911 phone system to issue warnings to residents.
Council recently considered such a phone system to augment its weather warning program.
Separately, Village Council may contact a Wood County agency for grants to help abate brownfields. Last November, Bates Recycling of Cygnet expressed interest in acquiring a vacant lot off Broadway that once housed Johnson Rubber.
The rundown property, considered an eyesore, is going though foreclosure.
This has prompted council to try to expedite the process of dealing with brownfield properties.
Julien said grants might be available from the Wood County Economic Development Commission to conduct environmental assessments of “blighted” properties.
“It’s something I’d definitely like to explore,” the mayor said.
In other business, council:
• Might obtain information for an aggregation program that would allow village residents to buy electricity together. The goal would be to obtain a lower price.
• Will soon study options for repairing a roof at the Fire Department.
• May consider upgrading security cameras at the village park.
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