Vital funding for necessary rodent control in municipalities across Erie County has been secured, Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, announced on Thursday, April 14, 2011. A resolution was approved during today’s session appropriating $70,000 in surplus funds to be used by municipalities for rodent and vector control.
“The funding will be applied immediately and will directly address the issue of rodents in residential and commercial areas,” Legislator Hardwick said. “There was some hesitation among my colleagues who wanted to unnecessarily hold the item, but I pushed for this vote to be taken today and not delay the implementation of these crucial funds any longer. We need to step up and respond to the concerns coming from municipalities and our constituents.”
Legislator Hardwick and the Minority Caucus, led by Minority Leader John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, and including Legislator Lynne Dixon, Hamburg; Dino Fudoli, Lancaster; Edward Rath III, Amherst; and Ray Walter, Clarence, worked in collaboration with County Executive Chris Collins to allocate $70,000 for the rat and vector control program. The funding will be used to purchase supplies that will be delivered to municipalities and creates a contingency fund to be used toward the cost of transitioning the process of vector control. A crucial portion of the funding will be reserved to purchase additional baiting materials as needed.
2010 surplus funds were allocated for the program, and this action will not create a new fee or tax. Through this one-time allotment, municipalities will have the resources to properly transition from utilizing county services to managing their own rat and vector issues.
“As a result of numerous conversations with constituents and municipal officials, we have achieved a result which will work to the benefit of everyone, with the notable exception of the rats,” Legislator Hardwick said.
Legislator Hardwick added that the funding allotment transitions the program and provides the tools that municipalities need to address individual rodent issues and improve the quality of life for residents.
With the Legislature’s approval on Thursday, the County authorized the purchase of supplies relevant to the permits possessed by municipalities, which allows application without delay. Complaints are expected to spike in anticipation of warmer weather and the action taken by the Minority Caucus faces the issue head on by providing tangible results.