City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190058
Work Completed
Aug 28, 2014 7:00 PM

That the Director of SPCD Provide This Board with the Latest Revision to the City's Rodent Control Policies before the Next Meeting of the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety, and appear with Appropriate Designees at Said Meeting.

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:City Councilor At Large William A. White Jr.
Category:OrderPurposes:Order

Official Text

That the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development provide this Board with a copy of the latest revision to the City's rodent control policies and procedures prior to the next meeting of the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety and that the Director and appropriate designees appear at said meeting.

Meeting History

Sep 7, 2010 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Oct 27, 2010 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Lamboy distributed and reviewed the city's Rodent Abatement Action Plan and showed a video to inform residents how to combat rodent activity. The video is currently being aired on the city's cable channel, in multiple languages, and has even found its way to YouTube. Ms. Lamboy will provide the link to the video so that members might reference it in their newsletters.

Alderman Heuston's motion that the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Community Development (ISD) conduct a field tour of Joseph Street, Adrian Street, Newton Street and the Lincoln Park area to inspect for evidence of rodent activity and to take the appropriate steps to abate any problems found, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 12/4/2013 6:00 PM
Apr 4, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 16, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jun 7, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Nuzzo informed the members that minimal changes were made to the action plan and that the Inspectional Services Department would be the enforcing authority under the plan and will investigate any complaints phoned in to 311. DPW personnel are also involved in issuing citations for improperly stored trash. Residents from Pleasant and Summit Streets spoke about problems in the area and Mr. Nuzzo replied that both he and the Inspection Services inspectors performed examinations of the area and found no violations. Neighbors also complained about the condition of the property and a trash dumpster located at 64 Walnut Street, stating that they have been filing complaints for the past 3 years, only to be told by the city that no violations exist.

Mr. Nuzzo also commented that there are variuos reasons for the rodent problem at Lincoln Park, primarily absentee landlords. The committee discussed the importance of having various departments share data and pool resources in order to effectively investigate and remedy problems with rodents. Ms. Renault-Caragianes will set up a meeting for the first week of July to have a rodent control presentation made.

Chairman White indicated that the action plan should be finalized by this September and requested that the City Solicitor be present at the next committee meeting to discuss the demolition ordinance and its relation to the rodent problem.

Alderman Heuston’s motion that the Director of Constituent Services provide the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety with a list of calls made to 311, over the past 2 years, regarding the trash/dumpster problem at 64 Walnut Street, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Sep 15, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 21, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Members of the committee expressed concern regarding the city’s long range pest control plans, the importance of the MBTA removing trash from areas along their train tracks, funding for rodent control and the vacant trash inspector position. Mr. Koty spoke about a new rodent control contract with Best Pest Control and Ms. Schneider said that ISD is taking the lead in working with the Board of Health on the rodent issue. Chairman White suggested that the Board of Health prepare a written report addressing the concerns for a long term plan, in response to a request by Alderman Roche. (See item 190956)

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jun 26, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Oct 2, 2012 6:30 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Nuzzo discussed 12 Ward One problem properties and explained how complaints about rodents are handled and how owners of problem properties have been engaged in the baiting effort. Other problem properties were discussed and Chairman White requested that Mr. Nuzzo forward a list of those properties to the Law Department for possible legal action by the city.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Feb 6, 2013 6:30 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 13, 2013 6:30 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Dec 4, 2013 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 6, 2014 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Chairman Connolly's motion that the Chairman of the Finance Committee review and expedite financial matters relating to the city’s rodent problem, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jul 23, 2014 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

One of the programs is working well. Only 2 locations showed signs of rodent activity. The call volume has reduced to half of the previous year's calls.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Aug 28, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED