January 28, 2018
Oroville >> Changes have been set in motion for Butte County’s mosquito districts, but the changes are likely to happen slowly.
At its meeting in December, the Local Agency Formation Commission approved a municipal service review for the three districts that will ultimately see the Oroville Mosquito Abatement District absorbed into the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.
The review also sees the larger district annexing about 15,000 acres of rice lands from the Durham Mosquito Control District, which the Durham district is unable to treat.
Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District Manager Matt Ball said earlier this month he was currently working with LAFCO General Manager Steve Lucas to prepare the annexation from Durham, as he had no experience in such things.
“They don’t come up that often,” Ball said. “I’ve never done something like this.”
The Durham district is not opposing the annexation because it currently is not treating the area. Battling mosquitos in rice lands requires aircraft that Durham does not have. The larger district has several crop-duster-like planes.
The Durham district was also given some improvements to make in the year ahead and will stop fogging the north end of the Butte Creek Country Club, which is in the Butte district.