BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
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RESOLUTION TRANSFERRING CERTAIN VECTOR CONTROL
OPERATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SAN MATEO COUNTY MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT (SMCMAD)
RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that
WHEREAS, a cornerstone of Public Health is to ensure vectors that may carry and transmit diseases to humans are controlled;
WHEREAS, the goal of a successful Vector Control Program is to protect the people of San Mateo County from disease, discomfort, annoyance and economic loss from insects and animals;
WHEREAS, the San Mateo County Division of Environmental Health has, for many years, responded to requests for assistance and complaints about pests and vectors, educating the public about how to keep homes and businesses free from vectors, and minimize diseases transmitted by vectors;
WHEREAS, in 1953 the San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement District was established to control mosquitoes in the eastern part of the County from Skyline Blvd. to the San Francisco Bay and all cities south of San Bruno;
WHEREAS, in 2003 the Mosquito Abatement District expanded services to include the entire County and all twenty cities, with the mission to safeguard the health and comfort of the citizens of San Mateo County through a planned program to monitor and reduce mosquitoes and other vectors;
WHEREAS, the Mosquito Abatement District offers many of the same services and educational opportunities provided by Environmental Health
WHEREAS, San Mateo County Environmental Health and the Mosquito Abatement District have collaborated for many years to survey the county for plague and hantavirus that are transmitted by vectors;
WHEREAS, Health and Safety Code 101285 requires Board of Supervisor action to transfer all or a portion of vector control services or any portion of the function of providing vector control services to any mosquito abatement and vector control district formed pursuant to the Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control District Law, Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 2000) of Division 3.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors directs and authorizes the Director of Environmental Health to transfer the following portions of the Vector Control Program to the San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement District:
Conduct rodent and insect inspections and provide education to homeowners on proper environmental and structural modifications to limit rodent and insect infestations; and
Inspect rodent bait stations in creeks during as per contracts with the cities and County, inspect rodent bait blocks in sewers, creeks, and utility vaults; and
Initiate pulse-baiting rodent control operations when rodent populations reach extreme levels where an imminent disease outbreak may occur or a serious public health threat has resulted; and
Oversee and maintain contracts between pest control operators and cities and the unincorporated county; and
Provide educational services to residents regarding wildlife interactions and problems; and
Enhance wildlife control programs completed by state and private wildlife control operators.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors directs and authorizes the Director of Environmental Health to maintain staffing sufficient to ensure a strong and consistent Public Health resource is maintained to assist the Mosquito Abatement District and address potential disease transmission via vectors at businesses and properties currently regulated by the Division.
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