County Council approves Crandell’s rat bill
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.