City of Aspermont's battle with Mosquitos

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While the city outsourced mosquito spraying services earlier this month, City Administrator Lorenzo Calamaco informed to council members Tuesday, it was at a substantial cost. He explained future plans to see to the needs of local residents while working toward a long-term solution and reducing cost.

As storms continue to bring inches of rain at a time to the region, standing water and high vegetation is creating heightened mosquito populations. Although the decision to hire a professional pest control company to spray areas of the community was a good first step, continuing to contract the service would be far too expensive.

The city was hoping to gain a qualified employee to perform the function, but the individual was unable to acquire the necessary applicator certification.

However, Calamaco informed the council that he reached an agreement with a certified applicator at the City of Rule.

Aspermont would be able to operate under the credentials of the certification holder until the local employees can gain the necessary qualifications. Calamaco said the applicator requested a $25 fee each time the city applies the insecticide. Additionally, the chemical purchases and cost, as well as the type of chemical used and amount applied will be appropriately documented and submitted along with the fee.

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