PROVIDENCE, RI (July 16, 2020)…Tonight, Majority Leader
Jo-Ann Ryan (Ward 5) will introduce a resolution calling on the City to address
specific rodent issues in the City.
“I have heard from numerous residents about colonies of
rodents that have popped up in parts of the City,” stated Majority Leader Ryan.
“Rodents create a serious quality of life issues, and when not addressed
quickly, can cause health concerns for residents. I have asked that the
Director of Public Works immediately address the issue either with City staff
or with an outside vendor to address this quality of life issue.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rodent population around
the country has grown due to the decrease in residents being outdoors and
creating more waste due to being home. It’s recommended that residents ensure
that any garbage that is left outside be put in sealed trash barrels. If you
have a barrel that is broken or has even a slight hole or cracks in it, you
should call the Department of Public Works to request a replacement barrel at
401-680-7500 or visit them online at providenceri.gov/public-works. Replacing your broken barrels
will help cut off the food source for these nuisance pests.
Majority Leader Ryan continued, “For these reasons, we must
address the issue head-on before it escalates. Quality of life is paramount,
and in this current climate where we are living with the COVID-19 pandemic, our
residents deserve to have this issue addressed and swiftly.”
Upon passage, the resolution will be sent directly to Mayor
Jorge Elorza and Director Leo Perrotta of the Department of Public Works.
For more information, visit us on the web at council.providenceri.org.