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West Nile kills horse in county

LISBON — An East Rochester area horse tested positive for West Nile Virus in early September and the thoroughbred mare was euthanized.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the county health board, environmental director Lori Barnes said there also have been other horses in that area which have died of similar symptoms, but they were not checked for West Nile Virus.

Owners of horses should be aware there is a equine vaccine for the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.

Barnes said the horse known to have acquired the disease was living in a low-lying area.

Although no people have yet been found to have contracted the disease this year in Columbiana County, the mosquitoes carrying it are present. Residents are urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and long pants when outside, using mosquito repellents and taking precautions to keep mosquitoes out of the home. Additionally, it is important to limit standing water on properties where mosquitoes breed.

Also during the meeting, the board approved orders for property to be cleaned up in the area of Maple and Washington streets in Washingtonville. The property reportedly has containers of water which are creating a public health nuisance for neighbors. Additionally, the home and buildings around it are not secure, according to Barnes.

The property is owned by a bank in Allen, Texas, and Barnes told the board at this point there has been no response to requests to have the property cleaned up.

The board also approved orders for James Mayfield to repair a sewage disposal system on LaCroft Avenue, East Liverpool. Barnes said at one point this property was also owned by a bank, which gave it to the tenant, Mayfield. Which makes him responsible for the repairs or replacement of the system.

In other matters:

— The board approved a variance for Don Adams Excavating LLC, for Bill Kennedy’s property on U.S. Route 62, Salem, where a tank had to be installed nine feet instead of the required 10 feet from a driveway.

— Another variance was reluctantly given to Russell Harroff, Metz Road, New Waterford, who had to place a septic tank 44 feet from a well because a propane tank was placed in a way that kept the septic tank from being placed at least 50 feet from the well. Board members questioned why the propane tank was placed in that manner and warned the contractor should not do such a thing again.

— The board approved a variance for Gregory Henderson addressing a sewer pipe connection at a Bacon Avenue, East Palestine address, which included connecting the sewer to an existing clay tile sewer pipe still in good condition.

— Flu clinics will be held at the Wellsville Alumni Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 24; Salineville Kiwanis Building from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24; and at the county health department on from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, as well as from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 4.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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