Michigan Mosquito Control Association
PO Box 366, Bay City, MI 48707
office (989) 894-4555 | fax (989) 894-0526
As many of you know, the biggest change to BCMC in the fourth quarter was the retirement of our long-time Director, Tom Putt, who officially retired on October 21, 2016. More information about Tom’s retirement can be found elsewhere in the Skeeter Scanner where an entire article is devoted to honor Tom’s service. We are also pleased to announce that Rebecca Brandt has accepted the role of the new BCMC Director and we look forward to a bright 2017!
Another 8-year millage was approved on November 8, 2016. This was the first time in 28 years that we asked Bay County residents for a millage increase – from 0.45 to 0.55 mills. The millage passed with an approval of 84%!
It’s once again time to both look back at our fourth quarter accomplishments and think about the upcoming year. The mosquito season wrapped up on September 27 when we finished the last of our clean-up. Since then we’ve been busy compiling data for the annual report, processing invoices, correspondence, cleaning, taking inventories, ordering supplies, helping organize the 7F Training Session, conducting equipment and vehicle repairs, making database and map updates, and preparing for the 2017 season. The 2016 Annual Report was completed in early December and will be presented to the Mid-Michigan Technical Advisory Committee in March 2017. It will soon be available for viewing at our website www.baycounty-mi.gov/MosquitoControl under the “Resources-Reports, Brochures, Flyers” link. More recently, we have been putting together the 2017 Program Plan that will also be linked to the website.
Staff took part in the MMCA’s 7F Training Session in October, giving several presentations to the attendees. At this, our eighth annual training session, there seems to be continued interest in having recertification seminars in the future. Not only are we providing a needed service, but our own staff benefits by attending and qualifying for recertification credits.
The 2017 chemical order was compiled and bid specifications sent to vendors in early December in conjunction with Midland County Mosquito Control and Tuscola County Mosquito Abatement. Chemical bids will be opened in Midland on January 18 and vendors will be notified.
The MDEQ’s NPDES annual report was filed in late-November, which was the fourth year we were required to submit a report for compliance. In December we mailed a “2017 Application/Permit to Use State Land” to the Bay City State Recreation Area. The 2016 New Jersey Light Trap summary data (for the trap maintained at the park) was mailed concurrently. We expect to hear that treatment of the park property will continue for 2017. We also filed paperwork with MDEQ for a 2016-17 Scrap Tire grant.
We look forward to meeting with colleagues and hearing presentations at the upcoming MMCA Conference February 1-2 in Port Huron. In the next few months we’ll be working on MMCA annual meeting plans, hiring of new seasonal staff, and continuing our mission of mosquito education.
Midland County would like to take another opportunity to say thanks and best wishes to Tom Putt on the occasion of his retirement. Thanks sir, for your many years of service to Bay County and MMCA! At the same time we congratulate Rebecca Brandt on her selection as the next Bay County Mosquito Control Director. We very much look forward to working with you as you serve in this new role.
As we look to the 2017 season we have a couple of projects lined up:
2016 was the first season to use the bike to treat residential catch basins (CB). We started with just one bike to see how it would work. Jessica Fetterman was persistent in requesting this treatment technique, so it was suitable that she spearhead the pilot project. It worked well as a treatment means for those areas where there is not a lot of traffic. It increases efficiency and reduces wear on the trucks avoiding the frequent stop/start in/out inherent with CB treatment in neighborhoods. Due to the good results we experienced, we have purchased a second bike and will have two pedaling around Midland in 2017.
As previously mentioned, Abate (temephos) can no longer be used
except in habitats such as containers. Therefore, we look to
replacement products that can be applied as a pre-flood to areas
such as ditches and fields. Our plan remains to test MetaLarv®
S-PT and NatularTM G30. We have identified a test site in
the county managed by the city of Midland. In the past, it served as
the city nursery where ornamentals were grown and transplanted to
areas throughout the city. It makes for a great Ae. vexans
sight because the ground was intentionally tiered to retain water.
As such, it floods with sufficient rain and produces a lot of
vexans. We have identified a number of areas and have the
materials weighed out and ready to apply – if we get a good
downpour. In addition to testing the control products, we look to
use this site for ecological studies of vexans, which will
hopefully lead to better understanding of various life history
parameters of the species.
Wishing you all a prosperous and fulfilling 2017. Hope to see you at the upcoming meeting.
Happy New Year! We hope all experience many successes in 2017. Saginaw is looking forward to new opportunities as we incorporate new strategies, technologies and technicians into our yearly response to disease and nuisance mosquitoes.
As is normal for this time of year staff are busy with winter projects that include: repair and maintenance of application equipment and vehicles; revising sections of the employee manual; body work on damaged vehicles; updates to various maps and data bases; updating yearly program plan; seasonal workforce recruitment; website updates; property owner lists; and the purchasing and outfitting of five new vehicles for our fleet.
Our 2016 annual report/2017 calendar is complete and can be viewed on our website, www.scmac.org. If you would like a hard copy please call Gloria Katch at 989-755-5751 or email her at email@example.com and let her know the amount of calendars you would like to receive.
We have submitted permit applications to conduct our limited aerial larviciding program for spring mosquitoes on the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. We have already received treatment permits for the aerial larviciding of the Shiawassee River State Game Area and Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area. We have also been busy with the State’s Pollinator Policy, Scrap Tire Grant, and NPDES Permit renewal.
Our agency is now in the process of hiring for our seasonal workforce. We will accept summer job applications through February 20, 2017. Interested individuals can apply at our facility directly or on-line at www.scmac.org. Interviews will be held in February, with our annual training session scheduled for March 31st and April 1st 2017.
Now is the time to prepare and anticipate for a successful 2017 control season.
Our season wrapped up on October 1st this year. Many employees stayed later into the season due to large numbers of calls during September. We wrapped up our last week with a small crew that handled the detailing of our truck fleet.
We have begun our winter routine of maintenance on our ULV’s, handheld equipment and mule. We will also be adding a few new features to our garage in hopes of making our employees everyday tasks a bit simpler.
After the season concluded we got right to work on the MDEQ’s NPDES report. We have also been working on finishing our annual report and the process of storing records and updating information for the 2017 season.
Testing and training dates have been set for those returning technicians that are in need of recertifying and new hires.
We will begin accepting applications for the upcoming season this month. With these winter months flying by, the MMCA conference will be upon us shortly.
We look forward to another great conference.
*****News from Around the Districts is published in the Skeeter Scanner. This is the MMCA quarterly news letter distributed to MMCA Members.