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The past few months have kept us busy closing out our 2017 treatment year and preparing for 2018. In October, an application was submitted to the DEQ to again request grant funding for scrap tire cleanup projects in 2018. Permitting processes for next season were undertaken too, with the NPDES Annual Report submitted and approved, along with the annual filing fee. In conjunction with that, BCMC also updated our annual Pesticide Discharge Management Plan for the 2018 season. The annual permit application to allow trapping and treatment at the Bay City State Recreation has also recently been submitted.
The joint insecticide bid process between Bay, Tuscola, and Midland Counties is underway with bids to be opened January 17, 2018.
Our department’s 2017 Annual Report has also been compiled and will soon be distributed.
Noteworthy this fall was a meeting with MDARD in regard to procedural changes for mosquito control districts in 2018. Primary undertakings for next season will include the required posting notifications in homeowner yards and vehicle rinse water testing for permethrin.
Our improvements to GIS mapping are moving along with the help of an intern obtained through the Bay County GIS Department who is getting us on track with accurate layers of habitats, routes, and disease activity. Beginning in 2018, an interactive map will be available on the Mosquito Control website to provide residents with nightly ULV treatment information and locations.
An “exit questionnaire” was given to all seasonal staff at the conclusion of our treatment season. We were happy to see the staff holds our program in a positive regard, but we hope to make some improvements in 2018 to our equipment, training, and operating procedures based on their suggestions.
Staff continues to be actively involved with MMCA with the 7F Training Seminar, Public Education & Information Committee and Awards Committee duties.
Rebecca Brandt, Manager
The MCMC staff is working hard to prepare for the upcoming 2018 MMCA meeting. Charlie has lent his leadership and organizational skills to serve as meeting Planning Chair. He has lined up an impressive agenda for the event which will contribute to, and maintain the great reputation the meeting has gained.
Joyce has worked very hard to support the meeting and to help with the establishment of the new MMCA website. If you have not visited this site, please do! It has brought some welcomed updates and reflects well on MMCA as an organization.
Doug has finally emerged from the pile of mosquitoes captured in 2017! The numbers once tallied confirmed just how monumental our season was last year. The data will no doubt reveal interesting trends and lessons we have yet to uncover as we analyze them.
Wishing you a profitable, safe and joyous 2018. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Carl Doud, Director
Happy New Year! May 2018 be more rewarding than 2017. Saginaw is looking forward to new opportunities as we incorporate new technologies and technicians into our yearly response to disease and nuisance mosquitoes.
Margaret Breasbois our long time Education Coordinator is retiring in January. We wish her nothing but the best in her retirement, and we are truly grateful and better for her 17 years with us. She is responsible for putting together a recognized Community Education Program that has educated thousands of individuals in regards to threats mosquitoes pose and the responsible control of them.
We look to continue her efforts in the New Year as we welcome her successor, Mathys “Thys” Kotze. Thys (pronounced Tace), who has worked with Margaret for the past four seasons, brings a wealth of experience and ability to the position. We look forward to his stewardship of our Education Program. Please look for both Margaret and Thys at the upcoming Annual MMCA meeting in East Lansing; wish Margaret the best and welcome Thys to our profession.
As for what is normal 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 new trucks and bicycles for our fleet.
Our 2017 annual report/2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know the number of calendars you would like to receive.
We are again in the process of justifying the treatment of mosquitoes on refuge lands. Please wish us luck as we apply sound reason and community support to a system that is rather restrictive. We appreciate the USFWS willingness to engage and seek appropriate information needed to ensure treatment and relief for residents living near refuge property. This annual treatment of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge has occurred for well over 30 years. We have already received treatment permits for the aerial larviciding of the Shiawassee River State Game Area and Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area. We are again seeking partial funding for our Household Scrap Tire Collection Program with the MDEQ’s Scrap Tire Grant.
Our agency is now in the process of hiring for our seasonal workforce. We will accept summer job applications through February 20, 2018. Interested individuals can apply at our facility or directly on-line at www.scmac.org. Interviews will be held in February, with our annual training session scheduled for April 6th and 7th 2018.
William Stanuszek, Director
Our season ended on October 1st and work began on routine winter maintenance of truck ulv’s and handheld equipment.
Trucks have been detailed and winterized. Two trucks that received body damage have been sent for repair.
Annual reports are complete and updates to the database have been made.
Maps and forms are in the process of being updated.
We attended the 7F training, many thanks to those that make it happen each year.
We are beginning the process of hiring seasonal technicians, applications will be accepted through February 2, 2018.
We have testing for those needing to become certified scheduled on March 13, 2018.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
Kimberly Green, Director