A drone to apply insecticide for mosquito control was approved by Montana’s Flathead County commissioners on Monday with a 2-1 vote.
The City-County Health Department had asked for a second time for a capital improvement budget amendment to pay for the remote-control piloted aircraft.
The $25,000 amendment will pay for the drone and related costs such as an HD camera and granular applicator. The county has been using all-terrain vehicles to get to hard-to-reach areas to apply insecticide.
An earlier request for a drone was turned down when Commissioner Gary Krueger wanted to review the county’s policies for aerial application.
County Health Officer Hillary Hanson said the county’s mosquito discharge plan has been updated. It was approved by the County Attorney’s Office and recently passed by the Board of Health.
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