Neighborhood battling mosquitoes at public pool

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a hurdle neighbors have to cross in order to get to one city pool in the northeast: a pool of water with some nasty bugs.

Every time it rains, the walkway to the pool floods— and when the temperature rises, Ed Papacena says it’s a hot spot for mosquitoes.

“Sometimes it’s a puddle, sometimes it’s a lake,” he says with a laugh.

Experts says mosquito season isn’t as bad as it could be right now because temperatures have been cool. But with all the rain and soon-to-be hot weather, there could be an outbreak. That’s something Papacena wants to avoid.

“In a poor neighborhood such as we have here, a lot of times it’s very difficult to get the kinds of maintenance that you need just to meet standards,” he says.

The KCMO Parks and Rec Department says it will check out the issue to make sure there’s no drainage problem.

Papacena also submitted an application to the Public Improvements Advisory Committee and encourages other neighbors to do the same.

The next PIAC meeting will be July 21st at 6 p.m. at the rear entrance of the Kansas City Museum.

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