County Coun­cil ap­proves Cran­dell’s rat bill

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The County Coun­cil amended the County Code on Mon­day night to re­quire that any­one ap­ply­ing for a per­mit to de­mol­ish a build­ing must pro­vide pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that the site is rat-free be­fore raz­ing the struc­ture.

“Pre­vi­ously, all a de­vel­oper would have to do is pro­vide a state­ment that the premises is ro­dent-free and the county would take their word for it,” wrote lead spon­sor Coun­cil­man Todd Cran­dell, R-Dist. 7, in an email.

“Now, a pro­fes­sional [a li­censed pest con­trol com­pany] must as­sess and cer­tify the prop­erty is ro­dent free so we can pre­vent rats from go­ing into the sur­round­ing com- mu­nity upon de­mo­li­tion,” wrote Cran­dell, who rep­re­sents Dun­dalk and Es­sex.

The leg­is­la­tion, Bill 8-17, was amended to in­clude ex­ist­ing raz­ing per­mits for sites where the de­mo­li­tion has not yet oc­curred. Pend­ing the county ex­ec­u­tive’s sig­na­ture, it will take ef­fect on March 20.

“As our district con­tin­ues our long climb back to pros­per­ity, we must face is­sues like this and use all the tools we have at our dis­posal,” Cran­dell wrote.

“This leg­is­la­tion is an aid, but the larger prob­lem of rat in­fes­ta­tion will ul­ti­mately only be solved through com­bin­ing good pol­icy and pro­ce­dures with good cit­i­zen­ship,” he wrote.

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