Resolution Found For Rat Infestation Plaguing North Providence
City councilmembers agreed on harsh penalties for those not properly securing dumpsters.
NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE)-
Emotional testimony heard on Wednesday evening detailed the torment of North Providence residents still afraid to leave their home a year and a half after reporting trash buildups that are causing a rat infestation. “It’s been a year and a half and I can’t go outside. My dogs can’t go outside. People’s dogs are getting bit by rats,” says local resident Mrs. Rankin. “The problem is getting worse.”
Anthony Tudino, the owner of A & D Exterminators in Providence confirmed what he believes to be the source of the problem: unsecured dumpsters at four separate businesses and apartment complexes. “The four areas we identified had open dumpsters right there. Two of them had garbage right on the ground.”
Yet neighbors say this is nothing new and expressed frustration with the amount of time it took for councilmembers to find the root of the problem and take action. “These four areas that we’re talking about have been reported to the town since June of 2020. It’s a year and a half later. I’ve called the town, I’ve taken pictures, we’ve been told that these properties have been cited. I appreciate the fact that we’re all trying to step up, but from the resident standpoint it’s disgusting.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BREAKING</a>: Source of rat infestation believed to be identified in <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/northprovidence?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#northprovidence</a> according to pest control expert Anthony Tudino of A&P pest control: open dumpsters at 4 locations in the city are the source. Mayor Lombardi says those 4 property owners will be visited tomorrow.</p>— EmmalynReid (@Emmalyn_Reid) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Emmalyn_Reid/status/1461113554745057289?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Mayor of North Providence Charles Lombardi says despite the delay, the City is looking to take immediate action via a letter to be sent out to violators tomorrow morning with the following message: “The only thing I can guarantee you is that these four individuals will be visited tomorrow morning.” Should recipients of these letters fail to comply or respond within 10 days, tickets will be sent out compelling property owners to face fines in court ranging from $100 to $500 per day. “Because you’re not compliant with the laws we already have on the books, then it’s your responsibility at that point to hire an exterminator to remediate the problem,” says District 2 Councilman Stefano Famiglietti.
To view our original coverage, click here: https://www.abc6.com/north-providence-town-council-taking-action-on-rat-problem/