Residents of Nockamixon Township are getting a new walking trail for their Veterans Park.
At the March 21 public board of supervisors meeting, township park and recreation board member Jim Pettincki reported that the present three-quarter mile asphalt walking trail will soon have a half-mile loop coming off it, providing users with more of a woodland experience.
“It’s been cleared out and marked,” he said. “We just need the wood chips to finish it off.” The park is off Marienstien Road, near its intersection with Route 611 in central Revere.
Also at the March 21 meeting, supervisors approved a request from the county department of health to participate in its Mosquito-Borne Disease Control program, and announced that the annual township cleanup day this year will be held on April 21, starting at 9 a.m.
The approval for the disease control program isunderstood to be especially focused on reducing the spread of the West Nile Virus in the county. The approval grants the county permission to treat municipal properties for mosquito control, including the use of mosquito traps to conduct surveillance of mosquito populations, as well as treat mosquito breeding areas.
The request from the county for help includes an appeal for educational outreach, with a fact sheet noting the difference between species that carry the virus, and species that are simply a nuisance. The former are active at dawn and dusk, and are brown in color, while the latter bite during the day, and are small with black and white stripes.
Avoiding dawn and dusk potential exposure is suggested, or using long sleeve shirts, pants, and mosquito repellant.
Eliminating standing water is noted as an especially “effective measure that can be taken to reduce mosquito breeding habitat.” The request also asks for treatment help from “pesticide certified staff, or by hiring independent contractors.” Further information on the county program is available via 215-529-7022, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The April 13 cleanup day, with assistance from the township’s environmental advisory committee, is part of Earth Day (April 22) celebrations. Roadside pickup volunteers are requested to register by calling the township at 610-847-5058, and are also invited to come to the township building from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, to get a safety vest, gloves, and trash bags for an assigned road.
The related special opportunity to drop off appliances and electronics, except for TVs, is scheduled for the previous weekend, on April 13.
Special bins will be provided at the township recycling center adjacent to the township building, which does not normally accept those items.