CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Barbara Goss says the rat problem is worse than she can ever remember. She has trails going across her backyard and recently had to act fast when her 1 year old granddaughter reached for a dead rat laying in the grass.
She says it is about time that her town revisited the idea of garbage totes. Goss says that it is by no means the entire solution, but it might help. She says that in addition to that, the baiting program needs to be restarted and strict enforcement needs to be put in place when it comes to trash and pet waste management.
Both town and county officials offer some encouraging news. Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz tells Two On Your Side that they will be investing $1.1 million in an existing fund balance to purchase rolling garbage totes. Holtz says they have also stepped up enforcement efforts for things like bird feeders and trash management.
On the county-front, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says that they have already begun the process of hiring new personnel and bringing back employees who had worked in the rodent control program in the past. He hopes to bring the bait and trap program back by spring. The rodent control program was restored to the county budget this year after being cut in 2011 by then-County Executive Chris Collins.