Village council members talk about mosquito worries


BELLVILLE — Members of village council stressed the importance of paying attention to the local mosquito population at this week’s meeting, because several mosquitoes found in traps are carriers of the West Nile Virus.

Member Joann Palmer said she is concerned about having enough money to get spraying done.

Mayor Teri Brenkus told council a trap on Fitting Avenue had a mosquito carrying the virus. No cases of individuals having the disease have been reported.

Brenkus said she and village administrator Larry Weirich met with workers doing clean-up work on the bike trail and 20 areas were cleaned out. She said Richland County workers had sprayed twice in the last two weeks, and are treating areas where it is warranted by studying the traps.

Brenkus said she and Weirich met with Richland County workers on Thursday and Friday to see what is being done. The presence of mosquitoes in all of Richland County is being monitored, she said.

People should not be allowing any standing water. Bird baths should be changed every five days, and not allowed to go to seven days, Brenkus said.

Josh Epperson appeared before council to indicate his interest in running for a seat with the group in the November election. He said he has lived in Bellville for two years, and is interested in following what is happening with transportation issues and old unused structures. He is associated with the American Society of Highway Engineers.

Council member Clint Knight asked that a meeting of the finance committee be set, and that was scheduled for Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. in village hall.

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Josh Epperson speaks before the Bellville village council, telling them he is interested in running for a position on council in the November election. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/08/web1_council.jpgJosh Epperson speaks before the Bellville village council, telling them he is interested in running for a position on council in the November election. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

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