A proposal to spray for deer ticks in county parks and to mount a public education campaign on Lyme disease will go before the board of supervisors this evening in a meeting scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the County Government Center on Harrison Street in Leesburg.
Members of the public who have concerns related to the spraying and/or the serious public health issue of Lyme disease will have the opportunity to speak.
To follow is a message from Leesburg District Supervisor Ken Reid, who says he hopes public awareness raised by the meeting will encourage area property owners to spray for ticks:
I am pleased to announce that my colleagues, Supervisors Geary Higgins and Janet Clarke, are bringing an item to our March 20 meeting to fund a program to help kill Lyme (deer) ticks through spraying and an awareness campaign to have private landowners do the same.
This marks the first time a County Board has put forth any significant efforts to try to eradicate the ticks and hopefully limit new cases of Lyme.
Essentially, we’re looking at doing three things. We would like (#1) Board approval to move forward with spraying a few high-use, high-tick population parks early this spring and we are working with our Parks Department Director on this) (#2) authorize studying the safety and costs associated with large-scale spraying for next year and cooperating with the state Dept. of Game and Fisheries on a pilot program with 4-post deer feeders, and (#3) to seek approval to move forward with a public education campaign.
I also learned yesterday that the Loudoun County Schools administration may be interested in participating in this program for their properties.
Also, our Loudoun County Health Department and Health Council were directed today by the Finance Committee to make Lyme disease a center-piece of a proposed Countywide Health Improvement Plan, which will come back to the Board for action in June.
We would welcome folks in your various support groups to speak out on the evening of March 20 . The meeting generally starts at 5 pm and public comment occurs just after that time. You can sign up in advance by calling 703 777-0204 or sign in with the clerk that evening.
It is my hope that media will be present and that will encourage private landowners to spray or look into the deer feeders. It also will bring more publicity to this disease, which afflicts 200 new persons yearly. My number is below and my colleagues emails are above.
Your members can email the entire Board at BOS@Loudoun.gov if they cannot attend our meeting.
Thank you and warmest regards, Ken Reid Member, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Leesburg District 19B Wirt Street SW Leesburg, VA 20175 703 779 8777 www.KenReid.org