Our View of the Times – November 20

On November 20, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

powderhouse_viewThe situation is beginning to look serious. The searching for a solution to the rodent problem situation, that is.

The issue has been discussed and cursory actions taken for quite some time, but a new concerted effort has been taking shape in recent months and a fresh plan of attack has been formulated and will be implemented in the very near future.

It sounds good, as plans go. Stricter enforcement of trash storage and removal practices, rodent control assistance for a number of residents, and rodent fertility management studies are integral parts of the new initiative.

Naturally, talking the talk and walking the walk are two very different things. No plan is worth a grain of salt if it is not carried out as fully intended. Educating residents and business owners about the proper ways to avoid rodent proliferation is a key element to success with the program. Likewise, large-scale enforcement of regulations set forward must be done in order to make progress in the battle against this very troubling state of infestation the city finds itself in.

New York City made a lot of progress in their efforts to push back against the infestation, especially in their subway system. A lot can be learned from their experiences. We should be taking advantage of every shred of useful information that we can lay our hands on.

The crucial ingredient for success, though, seems to be hands on interaction between residents, business owners, and city regulators. In short, let’s make sure we have the boots on the ground to get the job done.


7 Responses to “Our View of the Times – November 20”

  1. ritepride says:

    In a city notorious for passing useless ordinances with no means of enforcement….or “selective enforcement” on city hall foes….we should take “LiveShot Joe” put him in an army tank wearing the helmet like former Gov. Dukakis and post them in the affected areas to see if that scares the little critters out of the area.

  2. Somerbreeze says:

    I think “LiveShot Joe” has already TANKED….

  3. CHAOS says:

    The restaurants in union square that put their trash on Butler Drive have been reported at least 10 times, just by me and NOTHING has EVER been done! Ordinance smordinance, just a way to pacify in the moment!

  4. Annie says:

    Chaos, you don’t count, you are just a lowly tax-paying citizen!
    The city itself is the worst offender in the rat explosion. They refuse to force developers to do any type of mitigation PRIOR to digging, as well as during and after. They also have created dog parks and allow dogs to be run in other parks (Trum, Foss, Prospect Hill, Powderhouse, etc.). If they have studied rodent behavior they should know that they will feed on dog poop, so it attracts rats. People are seeing rats in some of our small neighborhood parks. The bike path and our parks have open trash containers that by Sunday night are full to overflowing with food and dog poop. What, exactly, is the point of requiring and ticketing residents for uncovered trash when the city’s own trash is totally open?

  5. Joe Lynch says:

    Well said Annie. You said the magic words: developers, dog poop and city trash.

  6. Pixie Pocahontas says:


    They have no intention of stopping the rats. It’s another way to drive out the population of long time residents. How many rats do you think we have in Davis Square? When I got cited for the “new ordinance”, failure to have barrel covers, ISD took a photo at 3:00 a.m., mailed it with a $50 ticket. I appealed, they said they’d get back to me. Then I got a $30 increase for being late in paying the ticket but no decision was made on appeal. I complained again and got a letter saying I could dispute it in court for $125 filing fee. Reliable sources conveyed the guys in ISD were afraid of losing their jobs and told to get out there and ticket. I also got one for failure to remove one inch of snow and a storm that never took place. I paid the ticket on the dusting snowfall, but disputed the one on our invisible snow storm, the residents of the east side must band together and pay a visit to Martha. It’s long over due. They should not be hiring exterminator buddies of city hall or paying for it in other ways. This is a serious health code violation and Joe’s private casino and developers should be footing the bill.

    The reason he doesn’t want a casino in the city if Everett is because Somerville is already the biggest casino in the region, and the house wins every time.

  7. Pixie Pocahontas says:

    rite ,

    I look forward to your posts, keep ‘m coming.
    We need your wisdom and good humor! Those of us who have stuck it out know the real deal. Don’t let it get you down. Every dog has it’s day. It’s not all rosey up there on the hill. He’s a legend in his own mind .

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