AVOCA — Ticks and other harmful insects are out for the summer, and council members took action this week to protect borough residents, particularly children.
Council approved a proposal from TruGreen for flea and tick control at five borough locations, which include West Avoca Park, Plane Street Park, the Little League field, the Teener League field and the T-ball field.
The borough will pay TruGreen $1,170 total to continuously maintain the five locations throughout the summer months.
Council president John Boone said council members noticed ticks were becoming a real problem this season, and they wanted to act to control the problem now.
“This wasn’t something that we normally do every year because we’ve never had these complaints,” he said. “But based on the predictions of what it’s going to be like this year with infestations, we’re just better off to maintain it that way. It’s a relatively cheap price to prevent any kid from getting sick.”
Council members also announced a paper-shredding event that will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 ,at the borough garage, 1103 Plane St.
In other business this week, council members approved:
• Hiring two part-time police officers.
• Hiring a second part-time street department employee.
• Donating $100 to the Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians for the organization’s upcoming golf tournament/scholarship programs.