North Wales of­fi­cials dis­cuss stand­ing wa­teri mos­qui­toes at eess Park

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

North Wales Bor­ough Coun­cil dis­cussed op­tions Tues­day night to mit­i­gate the is­sue of mos­qui­toes at eess Park.

jost of the dis­cus­sion fo­cused on a large rain gar­den in the front of the parkI lo­cated near the in­ter­sec­tion of bighth and Wal­nut streets.

oes­i­dent gim Cherry told coun­cil dur­ing the pub­lic com­ment pe­riod of Tues­day’s meet­ing that a pun­gent odor is em­a­nat­ing from stand­ing wa­ter in the gar­den.

“It’s a cesspoolI” said Cher­ryI who lives near the park and serves as chair­man of the bor­ough’s parks and re­cre­ation board. “It has be­come a large re­ten­tion basin. Some­thing is not work­ing.”

bm­ploy­ees of the jont­gomery County eealth Depart­ment had sched­uled to spray the bor­ough Tues­day night af­ter five pools of mos­qui­toes that tested pos­i­tive for the West Nile virus had been dis­cov­ered in North Wales.

Spray­ing was planned on all res­i­den­tial streets and in all lo­ca­tions where the health depart­ment and the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of bn­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion col­lected mos­qui­toes that carry the virusI ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the county agency.

Three of the pools were re­cently dis­cov­ered at eess ParkI ac­cord­ing to crank CusterI spokesman for the county board of com­mis­sion­ers.

BRrRuJh RI­fiFLDOV OHDrnHd of the treat­ment Sept. TI ac- cord­ing to Chris­tine eartI the vice pres­i­dent of bor­ough coun­cil.

“We did the best we can dis­sem­i­nat­ing the in­for­ma­tionI” she said. “Ours is not the venue that made the de­ci­sion to spray for mos­qui­toes.”

The wa­ter in eess Park has been treated nu­mer­ous times by the bor­oughI ac- cord­ing to jan­ager Nate Dysard.

Ac­cord­ing to Cher­ryI the large rain gar­den — de­signed to col­lect and drain rain­wa­ter — was planted on top of bedrock. ee said two small gar­dens planted in the park are work­ing prop­erly.

“One of the things I know from sci­ence class is that if you put wa­ter in a con­tainer it does not go any­whereI” Cherry said dur­ing the meet­ing. “When wa­ter hits bedrockI it’s not go­ing to per­co­late. A cou­ple of times last year we thought it was func­tion­ing. But the wa­ter was evap­o­rat­ing.”

ChHrry VuJJHVWHd fiOOLnJ in the gar­den with top­soil. Coun­cil­man bd oed­streake con­curredI call­ing it the best so­lu­tion.

Coun­cil­man Dan O’Connell sug­gested turn­ing the area into a putting green.

eart di­rected Dysard to find out if fill­ing in the rain gar­den would vi­o­late any of the bor­ough’s per­mits.

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent jike jcDon­ald sug­gested that the bor­ough’s pub­lic works depart­ment in­ves­ti­gate why the gar­den is not drain­ing prop­erly.

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Mont­gomery County of­fi­cials have dis­cov­ered mul­ti­ple pools of mos­qui­toes which tested pos­i­tive for West Nile virus in North Wales, in­clud­ing in Hess Park.

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