Termites in Mind: Center Wellington Considering Higher Treatment Program Spending
CENTER WELLINGTON – Several councilors appear willing to spend big bucks to tackle the community’s termite problem.
What to do with the insects became a hot topic when the council met on Monday to review the municipality’s 10-year capital forecast as part of the ongoing budget preparations for 2022.
Count. Ian MacRae noted that Center Wellington spent $ 60,000 a year on a termite management program for the next four years. In his view, this amount is insufficient.
According to a recent study, almost 500 households are affected by the pests.
“We’re not even going to look into the problem, it’s just wasting money,” MacRae said. “If we really want to do something, we have to look at something more significant and expand it further.”
He suggested spending $ 100,000 a year for “at least 12 years,” and also asked staff to look at a promising new chemical in Canada that was doing well in the United States.
MacRae said he has received concerns from local residents who are struggling to keep the termite infestation under control despite their best efforts.
“These people need help,” he said, noting that being able to cover the cost of termite treatment becomes more difficult as real estate and mortgage prices rise.
“The community awaits us as leaders to address this termite problem,” MacRae said. “These things keep spreading outward and we have to stop them before other homes are affected.”
In June, the council heard from an entomologist who estimated they could root out the community’s termite problem for $ 1 million for five years, but they didn’t have the capacity to address it.
On Monday, Brett Salmon, chief executive officer for planning and development, said the community is now speaking to additional vendors to find other options.
A local termite expert will appear before the council in late October to answer council members’ questions about treatment options and chemicals, Salmon said.
MacRae suggested that the council withhold the allocation of additional funds until after this presentation, but several of his colleagues expressed an interest in allocating resources to the effort when the time came.
“I get a lot of feedback from citizens that this is important to them,” said Coun. said Stephen Kitras.
Count. Bob Foster considered the community might consider spending more money upfront.
“I would like us to be more aggressive in tackling the problem with the goal of eradication in the first few years,” he said.