Livingston Parish creates board to take on mosquito problem

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish Council members voted Thursday night 8-1 to create a mosquito abatement board in the parish.

"What we are going to try to do is develop a plan of how we go about to get a mosquito abatement in our districts," said Garry Talbert, a Livingston councilman.

Talbert said it's very early on but they're finally starting the process. The board will include five people, two council members, Talbert and "Scooter" Keen. Both will get to appoint a citizen from their districts and they're hoping to get someone from the state who specializes in mosquitoes.

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In years past, mosquito programs have ended or the attempt to restart one has never come together in Livingston, but now, they're going to focus only on the areas of the parish that really want the program.

"It would be the northwest corner of the parish that's not an incorporated area," said Talbert.

It will only include districts 2 and 3, which is the Watson and some of Denham Springs area that are outside of any city limits. It includes the areas of the parish that are densely populated.

Talbert said after the board members are picked, they will try to find grant dollars to fund the board and equipment and then try to go to the voters. So ultimately, it still comes down to the voters.

"At some point in time, we will come to the people and ask for permanent funding but I promise when we come, we will have a plan and we are going to tell you what you are going to get for your dollar. Scooter and I are committed not to have an ad valorem or sales tax. It's going to be a fee that is equitable across the board to all citizens for district 2 and 3," said Talbert.

They're hoping to have their first meeting next month in May. The goal is to have a program up and running by the Spring of 2019.

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