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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:48 pm

Madison residents could notice city employees spraying pesticide this week -- partly due to outdoor activities related to Independence Day -- to try to control the local mosquito population and lower the chances of people getting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus.

Mike McGillivray, city parks supervisor, said on Monday that city workers would work to cover all of Madison this week, performing the neighborhood spraying efforts in the evening.

To help pay for the mosquito-control efforts, the Madison City Commission on Monday approved a contract for the S.D. Department of Health to provide $3,888 to Madison. The state will reimburse Madison up to $3,888 this summer for expenses related to pest control. The funds are provided as a non-matching grant to the city.

McGillivray said his department planned to use the money to help pay for larvicide and chemical insecticide to help control adult mosquitoes. The larvicide is applied to still pools of water to kill insects while they are in their larval stage of growth. McGillivray said city workers treat every storm drain in Madison with larvicide during the summer months.

McGillivray also said city workers would set up four mosquito traps in Madison. City employees will check the traps daily to help identify any large increases in mosquito populations. McGillivray said the traps would help the Parks Department understand when to apply additional pesticide in city neighborhoods.

He had presented a letter to the city commissioners in late May that outlined the state's plans for providing funding for mosquito control. Community officials involved in mosquito control efforts were expected to submit their applications for the grant funding by June 1.

Health department officials said $500,000 was available this year to assist cities, counties and tribes.

Fuel agreement

The city commissioners renewed an agreement between the city and Lake County that will continue the use of the county's fuel storage and distribution system to fill the fuel tanks of municipal vehicles.

Madison and Lake County have renewed the fuel agreement for many years. When approved by both parties, the new contract will remain in effect from Monday until June 30, 2020. The two local governments save on fuel costs by cooperating on equipment used for fuel storage and buying larger quantities of bulk fuel.

Jennifer Eimers, city finance officer, told the commissioners that there was "nothing unusual" in the agreement. Eimers said county officials would supervise the fuel purchases.

Lake County officials will also administer and oversee the vehicle fuel program, and Madison officials will receive a bill each month for fuel expenses.

In the 12-month agreement, the city will pay above the purchase cost of the fuel a fee of 9 cents per gallon of fuel pumped into city vehicles. The fee will help pay for the county's administrative costs.

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