I am happy to advise you that at the final budget hearing, the Board of County Commissioners approved additional funding for Mosquito Control. Included in this funding allocation is $403,000 for proactive treatment of storm drains throughout the County on an annual cycle.
Please contact Mr. Marlon Nelms, Chief, Mosquito Control Division, at (305) 592-1186, should you require additional information.
Henry F. Sorí, Assistant Director
Miami-Dade Public Works Department
"Delivering Excellence Every Day"
Dear Mr. Rivera:
Two more questions in response to your attached August 3, 2005 letter to me:
If mosquito abatement is driven by a complaint process, but disease vectors are not usually a nuisance, aren't suspected disease vectors breeding unabated?
Politically you must respond to complaints of nuisance species, but shouldn't abatement procedures be primarily focused to prevent diseases?
Dear Mr. Rivera,
Thank you for writing to me on August 3, 2005 regarding Miami-Dade's treatment of catch basins to control mosquito breeding. (A copy of your letter is attached.) Obviously the many other local governments that routinely treat all their catch basins believe there are public benefits derived from such treatments.
In your letter you said that Miami-Dade does treat catch basins "as part of the on going complaint driven inspection process." However, you also said that the mosquito species most often found in catch basins is only a suspected vector of West Nile virus and its significance as a nuisance mosquito is small. Either there are valid reasons to treat catch basins, or there aren't. If the county believes there are no disease dangers and there are no nuisance threats, then why are catch basins being treated as part of the on going complaint driven inspection process?
Since Culex quinquefasciatus is known to be breeding in Miami-Dade's catch basins, and as you say, "a suspected vector of West Nile virus," wouldn't it be appropriate for Miami-Dade to treat all of its catch basins? You must think so since you say you plan to request funding for this purpose.
If funding is the problem, why can't you use
your authority under Miami-Dade County Ordinances in Section 26A-2.1 to
transfer the burden of costs to the parties responsible for the problem.
Catch basins are artificially induced mosquito breeding areas as defined by the
ordinances. If you would follow the investigation, abatement and
enforcement procedures as outlined in the ordinances you could recover the funds
necessary to provide monthly larvicide treatments to all county storm
drains. Additionally, by enforcing the ordinances, you should be able
to require future storm drain projects to include ongoing maintenance as part of
their program budgets. Consider that the Building Better Communities bond
program is about to be spend $117 million on additional storm drains that
will likely breed mosquitoes. Can't you act now to require that those new
storm drains either be built so they can't breed mosquitoes or that their
budgets include lifetime mosquito abatement programs?