Committee wants proactive inspections to address rat issue in Green Bay

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- There's been some movement when it comes to addressing the rat issue on Green Bay’s west side.

Mapping dots of rat complaints
Dots on a map indicate sites of rat complaints on Green Bay's west side (WBAY photo)

The city’s Protection and Welfare Committee is asking city inspectors to do more when called for a rat complaint within city limits.

Every time the city receives a rat complaint, inspectors head out to the property to look for certain issues. “We are looking for food sources, water source and harborage,” said Bill Paape, neighborhood development manager for Green Bay.

But with an increase of calls over the past few months on the west side of Green Bay, from Lambeau Field to Fisk Park, the committee is asking city inspectors to be more proactive.

“What they are asking us to do is a sweep of the entire neighborhood, so not just focusing on maybe one particular property but the entire area,” said Paape.” For instance, the food may be at one property, the shelter might be at the other property, and the water may be at another property, so instead of addressing just one area, we are going to address the entire area.”

“Now they will keep up on those areas,” said Randy Scannell, chairman of the Protection and Welfare Committee. “They will keep looking at those areas. They won't wait for another complaint.”

This new, proactive approach shouldn’t cost the city more money. In fact, the $5,000 the city set aside in next year’s budget will likely go toward hiring an exterminator to get rid of rats in public places.

“In city owned spaces we can do some trapping and baiting to try assist the residents of the city of Green Bay to eliminate the rats,” said Paape.

It may not be more money, but it could take up more time for inspectors.

“We are going to do the best we can with the resources we have,” said Paape. “We have four housing zoning inspectors and one neighborhood and compliance inspector. They are great at what they do, and we will try to be as efficient as possible to help the residents as best we can.”

The proposal to do more proactive sweeps in affected neighborhoods passed committee Monday night but now heads to city council next week for discussion.



 
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