There’s still snow on the ground, but it won’t be long before mosquitoes start buzzing again.
That’s why the topic of mosquito abatement is on Brandon City Council’s agenda for its upcoming meeting on Tuesday.
New guidelines have been added to the mosquito abatement program, ranging from increasing the number of field staff for larval control to trigger points for initiating fogging.
Last summer, the city ran into some issues when mosquito numbers soared. At the time, Coun. Stephen Montague (Richmond) called the mosquito abatement policy “dysfunctional” and was disappointed with the slow response.
Council will receive a report on the new guidelines from community services director Perry Roque.
Also on the agenda is a resolution that calls for the City of Brandon to support national Public-Rail Safety Week, a presentation by Fred Saunders of Prairie Oasis Seniors Centre and a public hearing on the conditional-use application for 1700 McGregor Ave. to allow for an outdoor recreational facility.
Councillors will also be appointed to various boards and committees to fill in the spots left vacant by former South Centre ward councillor Garth Rice, who recently resigned.
The Southwest Brandon Secondary Plan bylaw is on the agenda to be read a third and final time. The plan is the city’s vision for nearly 400 acres on the southwest edge of Brandon. Based on a moderate projection, the area is expected to eventually house about 6,000 residents upon full build-out.
The land is located between Maryland Avenue and Patricia Avenue, spanning from 26th to 34th streets, and further west to the city boundary.
Council meets Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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