City asks RDA for more staff to fight rat problem in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Green Bay city inspectors are turning to the redevelopment authority for help in their efforts to be more proactive when it comes to the rat problem.

At a Green Bay Protection and Welfare Committee meeting back in November, members asked the city to be more proactive in its efforts to get rid of the increasing rat population within neighborhoods.

However, Green Bay’s community investment manager, Bill Paape told the RDA Tuesday that in order to be more proactive, they are going to need more manpower.

On top of the $5,000 already given to the inspectors from the city budget, Paape asked the RDA for an additional $7,500 from the neighborhood enhancement funds to hire a part-time employee.

“So a total of $12,500 to hire a part-time, second neighborhood compliance inspector position,” said Paape. “It would be funded for 30 weeks with that funding, from June to about December.”

Paape said this employee would be dedicated to educating people and helping them get rid of the rats in their neighborhoods.

“We are going to be looking for food sources, water sources and areas of harborage. Those are the areas we are going to address with residents to get those to be eliminated first,” said Paape. “If we go to a property and there’s active burrows and rats there, then what we are going to do is work with the residents to say these are some of the steps you may need to take in order to effectively eliminate the rats.”

The RDA approved the money proposal Tuesday.

“We want to get at the areas causing the problem and eliminate the problem,” said Harry Maier, chair of the RDA. “We can eliminate some of the rats so I think we are moving in the right direction.”

The approved proposal now heads to city council for full approval, something Alderman Randy Scannell hopes happens next week.

“Really it comes to food and habitat and if we can diminish that, we are going to diminish our problem,” said Scannell. “To have someone who just specializes in that and works with the neighborhoods to clean that up, I think we are going to make big steps to eradicate the rats.”