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Jun 15

Mosquito Season

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 10:09 AM by Laura Oldham

Mosquito season upon us, so it's a good time to remember some tips to help do your part to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. Here are some tips and information on trapping data from Franklin County Public Health

Do Your Part to Prevent West Nile Virus

Franklin County Public Health has been actively trapping mosquitoes since Mid-May to monitor the population and test for West Nile virus (WNV). Through this surveillance, we know there is WNV in our community.

It is not unexpected to see WNV in mosquitoes in our community. WNV has been present for many years and historically begins to show up at this time of the year.  It is a good reminder for residents to take precautionary steps to protect themselves and their families.
  • Wear insect repellant containing DEET (follow package directions)  
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active  
  • Eliminate all standing water around your home (mosquitoes breed in water and it doesn’t take much) 
WNV can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include mild fever, headache and body aches, often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Eighty percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will not show any symptoms at all. Less than one percent of those who do have symptoms will become severely ill. Franklin County had one human case of WNV in 2016 and three human cases in 2015.

Franklin County Public Health will continue their comprehensive mosquito control program throughout the mosquito season. Fifty Gravid mosquito traps are set weekly throughout the county to trap and identify culex mosquitoes, which have the potential to carry WNV. The mosquitoes in each trap are identified and grouped into pools of fifty. Based on historical data and/or high trap counts, some mosquito pools are tested for WNV in our facility to give us quick results. All mosquitoes are sent to the Ohio Department of Health for WNV testing.

Here are a few simple suggestions that can make a big difference in controlling the mosquito population in your own backyard:  
  • Empty, remove, cover or turn over any container that has the potential to hold water. 
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.  
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris, and are properly draining.
  • Change the water in wading pools weekly and store indoors when not in use.  
  • Properly dispose of old tires. 
  • Empty planters that hold water twice each week. 
  • Empty bird baths weekly. 
  • Empty your pets watering dishes daily.  
  • Use sand to plug holes in trees where water can collect.  
  • Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold water for more than five days.  
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their property.
If you have questions, want to complete a service request or need additional information about mosquitoes, call Franklin County Public Health’s Mosquito Bite Line at (614) 525-BITE (2483) and leave a message; your call will be returned. You can also visit to submit a service request online.

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Jun 12

Columbus Metering Audit

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 12:53 PM by Laura Oldham

We've received notice from the City of Columbus that the Department of Utilities will be conducting an audit on its customer billing and metering systems, and some residents of Grandview Heights may be contacted as part of this audit. 

The audit will review all water and sewer accounts (and electric accounts on the City of Columbus power system), and includes all customers that are billed by the City of Columbus. 

The City of Columbus has contracted with the firm Utility Revenue Management (URM) from Houston, Texas. URM will conduct field surveys, which may involve some visits with water, sewer and electric customers. Results of the audit will result in additional contacts with some customers. 

URM staff will have a Columbus issued identification badge including a picture, name and references. URM vehicles will have a sign indicating who they are and a contact number for questions. 

The project manager for the City of Columbus is Tamara Carter, 614-645-5166. Please contact Tamara Carter if you have any questions. 

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Jun 05

Public Indecency

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 2:26 PM by Laura Oldham

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, at approximately 9:00am, an unknown suspect exposed himself to several women that were on the tennis courts at McKinley Field on W. Goodale Blvd. The victim stated that the suspect parked along W. Goodale Blvd, exited his vehicle completely nude except for a shirt draped over his head. The suspect reportedly called out to the victims in order to get their attention. He then entered his vehicle and left southbound on Urlin Ave.

The victim described the suspect as a Caucasian male in his 30’s or 40’s, approximately 6’ and 200 lbs. The suspect is believed to be driving a newer model black Lexus 4 door. The victim stated a black “fabric” was covering the license plate.

Area surveillance captured a suspicious vehicle that appears to match the description given in the immediate vicinity. This vehicle was observed passing the park several times within a matter of seven minutes. We are asking for anyone with information on the vehicle or occupant(s) in the attached images to please contact our police department at 614-488-7901.
Suspect Vehicle 1

Suspect Vehicle 2

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