Dallas mayor puts city's West Nile aerial spray decision in his hands

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

DALLAS - Mayor Mike Rawlings said aerial spraying of pesticides to prevent the spread of West Nile virus could begin Thursday night over all of Dallas, not just the northern and northeastern portions of the city as originally thought.

"There was some discussion by some of the city council that say, 'Hey, we've got some issues in the south, as well,'" Rawlings said. "So to be considerate of citizens in the south, since we're going to [aerial spray] already, we decided to do it throughout the whole city."

Despite the objections of some, Rawlings used emergency power in city and state law to bypass the council.

"I want to take the politics out of it," Rawlings said. "I want to say this is my responsibility. I will take the heat for it, and I think that's the right place for it to be."

WFAA's Brad Watson has the story

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