Lepanto to enter contract for mosquito control

Monday, April 29, 2019

During their regular meeting this month, the Lepanto City Council approved entering into a contract with Vector Disease Control International for mosquito control.

Mayor Earnie Hill said the public meeting with a representative from the company was well attended and that everyone who came was in favor of it. The contract is for one year beginning on May 15 and will mean an increase in the mosquito control fee charged to citizens. The fee will increase from $1.25 to $4.75, starting with the May water bill. The city of Tyronza recently entered into a one year contract with Vector Disease Control International as well.

The council also passed an ordinance changing their meeting schedule. Since the meetings sometimes run very brief, Mayor Hill suggested meeting every other month. The new meeting schedule will be at 7 p.m. in the courtroom on the third Tuesday of even-numbered months. If urgent business comes up, meetings can be rescheduled, or a special meeting can be called.

An ordinance regarding the keeping of animals was amended to allow a new business into town. Ordinance 253 allows for the keeping of animals--such as cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, chickens, etc.--in adequate enclosures in agricultural zones. The ordinance was amended to allow for the keeping of those animals in enclosures in industrial zones as well. This will allow a business to open in the industrial zone that is planning to open an attraction that will have a barn, animals, fishing pond, and other things.

The council also authorized the mayor to expend up to $2,500 during a sale on a piece of property the city has a lien on. The property is a vacant corner lot at 604 Kenwood. The city's lien on it is $2,400, and it was up for auction with taxes of $1,800 due on it. Mayor Hill said the plan was to buy the property and then sell it to get the lien money back.

The next city council meeting will be June 18.

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