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Bridgeport city council discusses mosquitoes, maintenance

By Jake Harris | Published Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Bridgeport city council approved three of four action items on its agenda and discussed the merits of mosquito spraying at its meeting Tuesday night.

The council unanimously agreed to install a light at the Community Service flagpole in Harwood park.

They also approved a three-year, $17,000 airport maintenance agreement with Vaisala and a reimbursement agreement with West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership.

After a member left the closed session, no action was taken on a city ordinance designed to clarify the responsibilities of city administration due to lack of quorum.

Prior to that, the council unanimously renewed a Youth Services Standards of Care Policy for the parks and rec department. This policy makes the department exempt from Texas’ standards on childcare facilities, since the department qualifies as an after-school care facility and not a childcare facility. It has been in place since 2007.

Council members also discussed whether or not spraying for mosquitoes in the city limits would be healthy for citizens. Mayor Corey Lane said he would rather not spray if harmful chemicals were involved.

“I’d rather slap a mosquito than poison a kid,” Lane said. “I have a hard time spraying for convenience’s sake.”

In a survey conducted by the city, 90 percent of Bridgeport residents polled supported spraying. Mosquito spraying is expected to be an action item on the next meeting’s agenda.

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