The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized county attorney Gary Yarborough to send a notice of procedural default to Philip's Pest Control.

The board approved the motion after an executive discussion to discuss "potential litigation" with the pest control company.

According to the motion, the notice of procedural default concerns "full compliance with efficacy testing, surveillance periods and notice to county-appointed person under the agreement, placement of trap locations, calibration of equipment and all licensing matters, with the full reservation of all rights by the county."

The motion passed on a 3-0 vote. Supervisors Scotty Adam, Greg Shaw and David Yarborough voted "yes."

Board President Blaine LaFontaine recused himself from the executive session, the discussion and the vote on the motion due to the upcoming senate race between himself and Philip's Pest Control owner Philip Moran. Supervisor Darrin "Bo" Ladner was absent from Monday's meeting.

"There is no potential litigation,'" Moran said Tuesday. "I hired an attorney to get the facts straight to them. … We have thoroughly answered every question that they have. We have provided proof of tests that they required as far as calibration of the equipment by a professional company -- all of that is in line.

"The voters of District 46 are no fools -- they know what's going on. There were no problems (with this contract) for 2 1/2 years and now suddenly, just before the election, there are. It doesn’t take a genius to understand what’s going on here. … Whatever questions (the supervisors) have, we will answer."

At the May 6 meeting, County Administrator Eddie Favre presented a summary of the Philip's Pest Control contract compliance review, which was conducted at the request of the city of Waveland.

The information requested included: Inventory of vehicles and GPS data for the contract; efficacy testing reports for past two years; explaining why only one type of mosquito is shown; identify state law that requires trapping from March through October; location for trap testing; documentation that mosquitoes have been properly sampled from each zone for West Nile for the past two years; documentation that samples have been sent to the Mississippi Department of Health; documentation of chemicals purchased to support miles sprayed, acreage treated, and miles treated for standing water claims submitted on monthly reports; proof of calibration and droplet testing of the application equipment used for trucks No. 10 and No. 12.

In other action:

An RFP opening for engineering services for Possum Walk Trail repairs and McLeod Park improvements is scheduled for June 17 at 10 a.m.

The board approved a motion allowing Firehouse Youth Ministries to use the county's event tent for its annual crawfish cook off scheduled for this Saturday at the Bay St. Louis train depot. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 9 a.m.

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My neighborhood would rather not have pesticides sprayed. We have erected bat houses and when bats return, we can sit on the deck. Much more effective than chemicals that pets ingest or rub off plants. We are finally hearing the tree frogs, bull frogs, seeing bees, butterflies and birds not seen since Katrina. Less is more in

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