The pesticide container collection site, located at the regional landfill northeast of Falher, requires interior upgrades to keep the pigeons from nesting.
Normand Boulet, the ag fieldman for the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130, discussed this as part of his report to council at their meeting on Nov. 8. Pigeon droppings can build up on the containers and the ground inside the building to create a health hazard, hence, the need to upgrade the building.
Boulet also noted that Big Lakes County was to host a Club Root information session at the Big Meadow community hall on Nov. 14.
In other news, the M.D.’s mowing program finished on Oct. 27. All roadside mowing was complete, as were most flood control ditches.
The regional agricultural services board conference was held in Fairview on Oct. 25. The M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 submitted a resolution to have the Agricultural Pest Act amended, to make it a requirement to report specific pests to the municipality: the Norway Rat, wild boar and Club Root. The resolution was passed and it will be forwarded to the provincial conference, to be held in Grande Prairie in January 2018.