Emergency room trip changes city policy


by Alex Schuman


Posted on September 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 8:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- An asthma attack set-off by a city-wide spray for mosquitoes has sparked a discussion between Bardstown officials on the future of controlling the pests.

Ashley Patterson, the mother a boy who suffered a serious asthma attack after the family’s street was fogged for mosquitoes, said she believes her son’s suffering is being overlooked in an argument about power.

“I really feel like an innocent 9-year-old boy is a pawn in what’s becoming a political agenda,” she said.

She said that she had asked council members not to spray her street at a previous city council meeting.

City councilman, John Royalty, said he sprayed her street because of requests from other neighbors.

“I had 56 other people on that street,” Royalty said.  “Shall I cheat those other 56 people?  Absolutely not.”

Royalty has been leading the program since it initially began, eight years ago.  He said he followed state laws, staying 500 feet away from Patterson’s property.

Bardstown Mayor, Bill Sheckles, upon hearing of the child’s asthma attack was induced by the spray, ended the program indefinitely.

Sheckles said he had asked Royalty to avoid spraying in certain neighborhoods due to certain issues some residents have.

“He totally disregarded what I asked him to do,” Sheckles said.  “He has a hard time following instructions.”

Sheckles has decided that the project of spraying for mosquitoes will be handled by his office, from now on. 

Councilman Royalty said he would like the city council to vote on the issue of continuing to spray, but Mayor Sheckles said the plan will be to clear ditches and wet areas, instead.

“We’ve always had mosquitoes in this town,” he said.  “It’s nothing different.”