Denham Springs resuming mosquito control
DENHAM SPRINGS - With no mosquito control in Livingston Parish, the city of Denham Springs is moving forward with plans to provide its own.
The city recently purchased 20 cases of insecticides for nearly $3,500. That's the amount allocated for mosquito control in next year's budget for Denham Springs. The city plans to use its own sprayer that was last used in 2011.
The push for mosquito control in Denham Springs comes after the parish's program was turned down by voters twice. Without a property tax approval the program ran out of money and closed its doors. Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry says he'll do what's needed to control the population of mosquitoes.
"I think it's incumbent upon us to make sure we try to protect our citizens and protect our children," he said. "If you have ever seen or know someone who has had West Nile or any disease like that it stays on your mind."
As far as money goes, Landry says $3,500 a year for mosquito control may not be enough, but he promises to make it a priority.
"We'll proceed and see if that's going to be enough, and if not, Denham Springs has my commitment. We're going to do whatever it takes to do what we can," said Landry.
Denham Springs will adopt a budget in June. Until then it can still be changed.