Council opposes gypsy moth spraying

Council to allow state to survey egg masses


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  • Wikipedia The West Milford Council, while opposed to gypsy moth spraying, has agreed to allow the state to survey the destructive pest's egg masses.



BY ANN GENADER

WEST MILFORD ‑ The Township of West Milford Council is not in favor of the use of spray to destroy gypsy moth egg masses. However, a majority of the council members have agreed to allow the state of New Jersey Department of Agriculture do a free of charge survey in the spring of 2018 to determine where the majority of egg masses are located in the township.

The subject was discussed at the Aug. 16 council workshop. With three council members voting to request that the survey be done the request for the state to include West Milford in their study will be made by the administration. One other member voted in the negative, another abstained and still another was absent from the meeting.

The survey is done annually by the state and offered to municipalities without cost. After it is done the state will recommend to town officials where the state people believe that spraying of existing egg masses is warranted.

Council members were definite in saying that they are concerned about the spraying being damaging to humans. Councilman Luciano (Lou) Signorino said he is not interested in a survey being done in the township by the state. He is not in favor of spraying and therefore does not want the state to authorize employee time and taxpayer money to be spent on a survey.

Councilwoman Ada Erik does not approve of spraying either. However, she spoke of her support of having a survey done to provide information for local people who want to pay with their own money to spray their property.

Disagreeing with Erik, Signorino said people who oppose spraying should not be paying to fund a survey for those who want to spray at their own cost.

If something (dangerous) gets into the potable water supply of the people who choose to spray their property or another problem results the township should not be involved, he said.

Township Attorney Fred Semrau pointed out that a council resolution to request the spraying investigation by the state would not be giving approval for expenditure of any funds. He said the state communication was just a request for a consensus of the council’s opinion on the subject.

The township in the past has generally given permission for the survey, the attorney advised.

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