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EAB Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2004
Members in Attendance
Marcia Van Eden
John (Jack) Coleman
Doug Ryan, Staff facilitator
Sandy Werkmeister, Note taker
I) Amendments to the Agenda - None
II) Introductions of Members & Guests
III) Citizen Comments - None
IV) Discussion Items
A) West Nile Virus
Lee Anne Kempton reported to the board about the 2004 season of West Nile Virus. A West Nile Virus 2004 Season Timeline was distributed to the board. Highlights were a rate of infection lower than last year. This occurred for many reasons including a decrease in the birds that carry the virus, immunized horses, earlier larvaciding, earlier spraying of Culex adults, a season not so conducive to mosquitos and an education program that reached 3,800 people via live presentations and 34,500 brochures and handouts distributed throughout the county. Monies for West Nile Virus control was $148,000 County money, $18,000 from the State and no Federal contribution. The cities did the rest. Fort Collins was at several hundred thousand, Loveland more than $100,000. Loveland administers an abatement district with taxing authority to help pay for pest control
Jerry Blehm reported that the long term plans for West Nile are still unknown. The virus is not likely to go away. It will become classified as endemic. It will probably become a normal part of the public health program with reminders going out every year. Having CDC (Center for Disease Control) right here will always provide for mosquito trapping. The County is going to recommend that communities continue to plan for possible adult mosquito control programs. The county will continue for at least another season of larval controls in the high breeding areas of this year (Timnath & Boyd Lake). Spraying for adults will not be routine. The triggers are still in place for next year. These triggers will get the attention of Environmental Health to review the situation. The most important triggers are positive human infection, positive bird infection, numbers of positive trapped mosquitoes and high Culex counts.
Dave Swartz reiterated that communication with Poudre School District needs to improve so health alerts can be sent home with the 22,000 children. Jerry & Lee Ann responded that efforts are always made to utilize Poudre School District and reminded the board that children are not the target audience with West Nile, therefore the lack of flyers going out with them was not catastrophic. The parents were getting information from work, there was ads on TV, and there is a Health Technician in Poudre School District to communicate information to the students.
In response to whether or not control methods be quantified, the answer was no. A real life experimental scenario involving humans cannot be ethically set up. To get such data requires a controlled group. There is state collaboration as well as everyone sending data to the CDC. The CDC reported that their data is beginning to trend toward adult mosquito control working.
Dale Lockwood suggested that a potential earlier indicator could be the vector birds. Could the CDC or Environmental Health use the Christmas bird count for Corvid population in the winter to compare at the early part of the season? Bill Miller, with Audubon, would be a good contact.
Doug Ryan gave an update on ozone, explaining why we got to the level we are, what happened last summer, and what may have been the cause (meteorology). He distributed a packet of information detailing his report. Any one violation (based on a three-year average of the 4th highest annual readings) within the region causes the entire region to be declared non-attainment. The standard to meet attainment is 0.085 ppm or lower. The board discussed the possibility of testing that takes known weather facts out of the equation. In the meantime, they will watch for future trends involving weather and ozone levels.
The state scheduled a rule making hearing for February 2005 to eliminate the basic Inspection & Maintenance Program program. The North Front Range MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) adopted a resolution in favor of continuing the program until January of 2006. This gives another year to check the state model, and to keep the program intact in case we do not make ozone attainment in same year.
V) Election of Officers
Ray Herrmann nominated Jim Skarbek for Chair. Jim accepted the nomination. Ramon Ajero nominated Dale Lockwood for Chair. Dale accepted the nomination. By majority vote, Dale Lockwood was elected Chair for 2005 and Jim Skarbek was elected Vice Chair for 2005.
VI) Approval of October and November minutes
Motion by Dave Swartz to accept draft 2 of the October 2004 minutes. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Dave Swartz to accept the November 2004 minutes with name spelling changes. Motion carried unanimously.
VII) BCC Liaison Report - None
VIII) Chair's comments
The Environmental Stewardship Awards made the front page of the Loveland and Fort Collins papers.
IX) Updates -- Committee & Other
John Bartholow reported on a meeting with Marc Engemoen. There was discussion about the Alps tire pile, one of the most significant environmental issues in Larimer County. Larimer County's matching grant contribution to eliminate the pile is to take the shredded tires without charging a tipping fee. Ramon will ask Marc Engemoen for the specific agreement regarding the tire pile. The Red Mountain open space acquisition is likely the last major acquisition the County will fund. Lory State Park may close due to funding problems. The County would be interested in picking it up. The county has funded a small study at CSU of magnesium chloride and other agents on rural roads. There are many trees dying, and magnesium chloride is likely part of the reason, in addition to the drought.
Lilias attended a North I-25 EIS meeting with a motorcycle organization, who seemed generally anti-public transit. She will continue to attend and update.
John mentioned county 1041 statutory authority, that might be appropriate to consider in the context of water storage projects. He will look into this issue in more detail and report back to the advisory board.
X) Action Log Updates
Dave Swartz reported that the Big Thompson Water Shed Forum is looking for participants to help with developing water quality management processes. The board agreed that members of EAB, acting as citizens, may participate at level 2. Sanjay & Bill both agreed to participate.
Bill reported that it appears the Dry Creek Flood project has gone from the county purview to the City of Fort Collins. This was moved to watch until definite information about the county role can be known. The board discussed the flood plain and its history.
XI) Summary of BCC Communication Issues, & Planning for future Administrative Matters Meetings - None
XII) Agenda for January Meeting
Big Thompson Watershed Forum
North College / EIS
Ray adjourned the meeting at 9:05.