October 20th, 2019

Coaldale to host meeting on prevention of West Nile virus

By Kalinowski, Tim on July 12, 2019.

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald – COALDALE


The Town of Coaldale will hold a special meeting on July 29 to hear recommendations on how to prevent the spread of West Nile virus in the community going forward.

In April, following public reaction to revelations that over a dozen bird deaths at the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre last fall were due to the virus, the Town commissioned Solstice Environmental Management to study how the community could mitigate future risks of outbreaks.

Solstice was originally set to report at the end of June, but council was told during Monday’s meeting the new date for the release of the report findings would be July 29.

Town CAO Kalen Hastings said council was trying to be proactive in commissioning the report.

“The idea behind commissioning this study,” said Hastings, “is how does the Birds of Prey Centre move forward, and how does the community move forward in a way that allows everyone to play a role in reducing the probability of West Nile risk in our region in the future?”

The special meeting will start at 5 p.m. in Coaldale council chambers.

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