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