Plainview city council approves agreement for aerial spraying to

Plainview city council approves agreement for aerial spraying to combat mosquito problem

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Plainview's city council unanimously voted in favor of an agreement with Vector Disease Control International to use an aerial spray method to deal with the growing mosquito problem in Tuesday evenings city council meeting.  

"They gave us a quote for a contingency, so if we don't need an application we don't have to pay anything," said Timothy Crosswhite. Plainview's director of public works. "But we have that in our bag if we need it."

This contract will also help towns within 150 miles, it requires the city have a minimum of ten thousand acres covered before the planes take off, some surrounding communities have already shown interested in that 92 cent per acre rate.

"I can contact them and say hey, we are fixing to spray if you would like to join in," said Crosswhite. "They can come and spray your town or if enough small cities get together under our contract they can pull together if they have 10,000 acres and spray without us."

Crosswhite said the amount of chemical per acre is about a sweet and low sugar packet. He said it's 85 to 90% effective compared to ground control and Vector research indicates there are no health risks with the substance they use.

The company will only charge the city when the service is used saving taxpayers some money. The contract is indefinite and director Crosswhite said the aerial spraying will only be used when it's most necessary.




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