City may ask outside agency for mosquito control

City may ask outside agency for mosquito control
The City Council Monday will consider joining a joint powers agency that provides mosquito control to cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

The City Council Monday will consider joining a joint powers agency that provides mosquito control to cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Pasadena City Council Monday will consider joining a joint powers agency that provides mosquito control to cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

The work is currently performed by the Pasadena Health Department. But, officials within that agency believe it is incapable of dealing with zika virus or plague.

An annexation into the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito Abatement District would result in an additional property tax assessment of $11.98 per residential parcel and $20 for all other other properties.

Officials estimate the assessments would result in revenue of $495,000 for the district.
If approved, “the district would deliver a full scope of services to the city of Pasadena,” a staff report notes.

Services include mosquito abatement, surveillance to determine mosquito breeding grounds, lab testing of dead birds, live birds and mosquitos, chemical treatment of standing water, distribution of mosquito fish for private ponds and sources of standing water and reduction of standing water on public properties.

Other cities that belong to the district include Altadena, Sierra Madre and Arcadia. South Pasadena is in the application process, officials said.

The city’s Health Department currently “delivers limited vector control” but stuff members identified several potential lists with the current program including the inability to implement protocols for Zika Virus as well as the lack of programs to stop the spread of typhus and plague.

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