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Friday, December 06, 2013
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Haven for mosquitoes and parasites
I am a resident of Granada Terrace, Harmony Hall in Marabella (NHA Development). On Thursday, August 29, 2013 a representative of the City Hall Department came calling by my gate. She said they were in the area checking for mosquitoes. She came in my property, looked around and told me I was good to go. I asked her about the property a couple lots from me, a semi-vacant lot.The foundation is halfway completed, there are open holes in the ground filled with water, construction was abandoned about a year ago, overgrown bushes—ie, a breeding haven for mosquitoes and parasites.
To my utter shock the goodly lady informed me that there is nothing that can be done for that. She said it has to be a community effort to clean it and have it maintained. The lady refused to give me her name and refused to show me any identification. She said her department has no authority to enter a property without the owner’s consent to do anything, fair enough, but they do have the authority to clean it and send them the bill. They do have the authority to serve the owner a summons to appear before a magistrate to answer for his property. Currently the area already has a booming mosquito population and with the rainy season in full swing everyone knows what the end result would be.
I really don’t want a member of my family or community to be a dengue fatality when this can be easily prevented. Could someone in authority please look into this situation as an urgent matter? If tragedy does strike, before the end of the day you would see everything happening at once—the clean-up crews, the spraying, the whole nine yards. I am sure it can be done before tragedy strikes.
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