Council approves ordinance to reduce rats
An amendment to the Estacada municipal code that City Councilors approved earlier this week prohibits residents from attracting rats intentionally or through carelessness.
Councilors approved the amendment for a second time during a meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, and it went into effect immediately.
The amendment was first considered and approved during a meeting on Monday, Oct.7.
Though the city code previously included regulations against garbage and junk accumulation, both of which can lead to the presence of the rodents, there were no specific details to require property owners to keep rats from infesting their property and creating a potential public health risk.
The 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."
Previously, city staff noted that there have been several instances of residents leaving cat food out for rats. During one instance, code enforcement saw 5-6 rats outside of one home.
The ordinance does not apply to pet rats that are kept inside.
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