Last week the Robertson County commission approved the funding for treatment of the Red River to kill the larvae of the black fly, the bloodsucking pest that has plagued residents in the northern part of the county this year.
The resolution was brought before the commission after many calls of complaint came to Mayor Howard Bradley from residents living along the Red River. People on both sides of the state line reported swarms of the flies, saying that they couldn’t go outside their homes without being bitten. Mark Hopkins of Enscience, Inc., an expert on the fly who has been working with local government to get rid of them, said that people have told him of infections caused by the bites, as well as others who have been bitten inside their ears or on their eyes by the tiny insects.
It was certainly pleasing to see commissioners from all corners of Robertson County come together to bring much needed aid to residents in the northern portion of Robertson County residing along and near the Red River.
Mayor Bradley should be commended for his effort to coordinate between Kentucky, Tennessee, Logan County and Robertson County – not an altogether easy task.