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Positive West Nile test prompts Lewisville mosquito spraying for Tuesday and Wednesday nights

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/5/2 21:30:00 (1103 reads)

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Vector Disease Control International, a private company contracted by the City of Lewisville, has confirmed the city's first positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2016. The positive sample came from a trap collected April 28 near the 2600 block of Lake Ridge Drive, in the northeastern portion of the city. This area is one of nine core sites regularly tested for the mosquito-borne virus.

Ground spraying will be conducted in a half-mile radius of the testing location. Weather permitting, spraying is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, starting at 9 p.m. each night. Trucks operated by Vector Disease Control International will conduct the spraying. The insecticide being used is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and poses minimal risk to humans and the environment. Residents wanting to exercise caution should stay indoors during the spraying times, keep pets and their food and water dishes indoors, and cover edible plants such as vegetable gardens.

This is the first year the City of Lewisville has worked with Vector Disease Control International. The private company has its own certified lab and technicians. By using a private company, the City is able to receive test results faster than if tested by the state. This particular mosquito trap was collected on Thursday, April 28, and the positive test results were returned Friday, April 29.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents are encouraged to report any mosquito complaints to Sherry Harper at 972-219-3481 or Chris McGinn at 972-219-3483.

Update:
Lewisville spokesman Matt Martucci said the the pesticide being used is Aqua Reslin (which contains Permethrin and Piperonyl Butoxide).

We asked whether it presented a problem that the same firm conducting the lab testing was the firm conducting the spraying if lab testing found West Nile Virus in samples. Martucci said The City of Lewisville has a flat rate contract with the vendor, Vector Disease Control International.

"We paid one price for their services for the entire mosquito season. They could spray one time, or one-thousand times, and our price stays the same. There is no 'cost per spray' feature here."

Martucci also explained that the company retains each sample it tests, and makes it available if it needs to be retested for any reason.

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Team effort required for emergency management during severe storms

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/30 10:47:49 (2910 reads)

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Emergency management personnel monitor various resources including online, cell phones, and broadcast television. Right to left: Josh Roberts, Prit Patel, and Eric Hutmacher. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
By STEVE SOUTHWELL
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com

When severe weather threatens our city, a team comprised of professionals and volunteers steps up to help ensure that our citizens are informed and safe. And if storms should be severe enough to cause widespread damage or injuries, the team is ready to start bringing resources to bear.

This past Tuesday, the forecasts called for a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” with thunderstorms developing along a dryline that was moving across the state. Our area was in a tornado watch, and it was forecasted that there would be high winds, possible tornadoes, and large hail.

In the early afternoon, local governments began to take action. The City of Lewisville shut down its parks and athletic fields, and Lewisville ISD cancelled all of the night’s sporting events and extracurricular activities, anticipating the need for people to take shelter.

Lewisville Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Roberts decided that for this storm, he would monitor it from the city’s primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the training room at Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Pkwy.

Roberts was kind enough to allow me to join them for the evening and observe. When I arrived at 7 p.m., Roberts and his team were getting settled in for the night’s excitement. He was joined by Eric Hutmacher, emergency management specialist, and Prit Patel, who is an economic development coordinator for Lewisville. Patel has a background in emergency management and was drafted to the team for the night.

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Lewisville police ask residents to report non-working street lights

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/29 17:06:39 (2170 reads)

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The Lewisville Police department is requesting that citizens help them out by identifying and reporting any street lights that are not in working condition.

Police view street lighting as a possible crime prevention tool, which may deter potential offenders by increasing their risk of being seen while committing crimes.

The City of Lewisville says that lighting can encourage residents to spend more time on their porches or in their yards in the evenings, increasing informal surveillance.

Lighting also encourages people to walk at night, increasing informal surveillance.

To report a street light outage or malfunction to Lewisville's street lighting provider, visit TNMP.com, and select the "Report Street Light Issue" link.

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Ozone Season Brings Heightened Air Quality Awareness

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/29 0:27:54 (1724 reads)

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ARLINGTON— Ozone season, like warmer weather, is upon us. As the temperature rises, air quality generally worsens, so it is important for residents to do their part to lessen emissions in the spring and summer.

Beginning May 2, more attention will be brought to the issue of clean air with the celebration of Air Quality Awareness Week. While the week will spotlight the importance of clean air nationwide, in Dallas-Fort Worth, where ten counties are in violation of federal ozone standards, air quality is a focal point every day. And improving it requires assistance from everyone.

North Central Texas Council of Governments operates several programs to give residents the tools to contribute. One is Air North Texas, a regional partnership and campaign encouraging individuals, businesses and governments in North Texas to make clean air choices by promoting behavioral and lifestyle changes that impact their health and the environment.

Participation in Air North Texas is just one way people who call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home can help their neighbors breathe easier during ozone season, which lasts through October. By committing to at least one action to improve the air quality and health in North Texas, anyone – young or old – can help bring the region toward attainment. Residents can also join in on the change by participating in events such as Clean Air Action Day, designated to encourage people to make environmentally friendly choices that could lead to a healthier North Texas. On the first Friday of summer, June 24, commit to clean air actions and share how you will lend a hand with our community.

The following are a few ways residents and employers can participate:
· Use mass transit like Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority or Denton County Transportation Authority.
· Carpool or vanpool.
· Limit or avoid idling.
· Bicycle or walk instead of driving.
· Report smoking vehicles.
· Take lunch to work instead of going out to eat.

For more ways to help, visit AirNorthTexas.org.

Signing up for Ozone Action Day alerts is another way to get involved and be a part of the solution. These alerts provide information about when the region's air quality may be unhealthy. When unhealthy air quality is forecast, an email will be sent in advance with tips to improve air quality and limit time spent outdoors. Residents can sign up through AirNorthTexas.org.

Other programs that promote air quality are listed below:

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North Texas Blvd bridge demolition this weekend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/28 23:56:53 (2536 reads)

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DENTON— The North Texas Boulevard bridge across Interstate 35E is set to be demolished this weekend. Traffic across the bridge will be permanently severed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29. Crews will demolish the bridge between 10 p.m. Friday, April 29 and 6 a.m. Monday, May 2. The bridge will be reopened with one lane in each direction and one turn lane this summer.

The following closures will be in place during the demolition:

Entrance and exit ramps:
The northbound entrance ramp from Fort Worth Drive
The northbound exit ramp to McCormick Street
The northbound entrance ramp from McCormick Street
The southbound exit ramp to McCormick Street

Local streets:
The southbound I-35E frontage road at Bonnie Brae Street
North Texas Boulevard at Eagle Drive
North Texas Boulevard at Highland Park Road
Kendolph Drive at Underwood Street
Avenue C at the northbound frontage road
Kendolph Street, Avenue C and Collier Street will be closed to through at Eagle Drive and closed at the northbound frontage road

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