Council gives thumbs up to rule to reduce rats
The Estacada City Council approved an amendment to the municipal code that will prevent residents from attracting rats intentionally or through carelessness.
Councilors first considered the amendment at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 7. If it is passed a second time during a meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, it will go into effect immediately.
Though the code previously included regulations against garbage and junk accumulation, both of which can lead to the presence of rodents, there were no specific details to require property owners to keep rats from infesting their property and creating a potential public health risk.
During the meeting earlier this week, City Manager Denise Carey said that there have been several instances of residents leaving cat food out for rats. On one occasion, code enforcement saw 5-6 rats outside a home.
The ordinance does not apply to pet rats that are kept inside.
The municipal code now states "all buildings and premises in the City shall be kept rat free, and maintained by the owner, or occupant thereof, in a condition that does not allow rat harborage."
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