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For Immediate Release
January 9, 2014

Media Contact
Silvia Vonderlinden
City Clerk
650.780.7222
svonderlinden@redwoodcity.org  

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Opens
Recruitment for Board of Trustee Seat
Redwood City invites residents to consider serving as the voice of our community
in discussions regarding important public health decisions

Redwood City, Calif. - The Redwood City Council invites all eligible residents to submit an application to represent the City of Redwood City on the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) which is seeking a new member for their Board of Trustees. The recruitment opens Thursday, January 9, 2014 and closes Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 5pm. The Board of Trustees of the SMCMVCD acts as representatives from their respective cities and assists the district in making decisions that shape and mold the District's public health program. The member selected by the City of Redwood City will represent our City's interests and report back to the City Council about the District's operations on a regular basis.


The SMCMVCD is an independent, property tax-funded district within San Mateo County that was originally founded to provide mosquito surveillance and control to county residents. The District's role expanded over the years to provide yellow jacket nest removal, insect identification, and vector-borne disease surveys to participating county residents. SMCMVCD also educates the community with presentations to schools and agencies, as well as providing students with opportunities to gain real scientific work experience and skills.


The application requirements are simple. To be considered as Redwood City's representative, applicants must be a Redwood City resident and at least 21 years old. Experience in biology or any other health-related science is not required, but the SMCMVCD asks that members have an interest in learning about the services of the SMCMVCD and sharing information about those services. The Redwood City member will be appointed for either a two year or a four year term by Mayor Jeff Gee in consultation with Vice Mayor Foust. Board meetings are once a month on the second Wednesday each month, and run from 7pm to approximately 9:30pm. (No meetings in August and December.) Board members are compensated with a check for $100.00 for each monthly meeting, which is in lieu of expenses.


"The SMCDVCD board members are instrumental in protecting our community's health," states Mayor Gee. "It is my hope that members of our community show a strong interest in this position, and the selected resident serves as our City's voice in discussions involving topics such as mosquito surveillance and control, yellow jacket nest removal, and research on vector-borne diseases."


To see the announcement for this open board position, please visit SMCMVCD online. To apply, please refer to the online application or contact the Redwood City's Clerk's Office at 780.7222 or svonderlinden@redwoodcity.org.
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