HARTLAND- Residents in one Hartland neighborhood told ABC 7 and Fox 22 last week they’re concerned with a rat infestation.
“I realize it’s nature,” said a Hartland resident at a meeting Monday night. “We can’t predict what they’re going to do, what they’re not going to do, I‘m just worried about the kids.”
Those who live on Blake Street in Hartland have become increasingly concerned about what they’re calling a rat infestation.
“In April we noticed a lot of rats,” said Michelle Cole, who lives on Blake Street. “We were seeing them, then it got to the point you could go out and watch them in packs play. I’ve ended up getting bit. My dog’s been bit three times.”
Many residents said they’ve been concerned with the lack of action taken by selectmen.
At a meeting Monday night, selectmen unanimously voted on a motion to take necessary action on the issue.
“We’ve had a variety of state agencies, most especially the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services involved,” town manager Chris Littlefield told us. “We’ve had several meetings about this topic and have had several inspectors come advise us.”
The town’s attorney was also present to explain what legal action selectmen could take.
“There are a range of legal authorities available,” town attorney Andrew Hamilton said. “There is the dangerous property statute, there’s a local health officer statute, and there’s an abandoned property statute, but it’s not clear to us the property on Blake Street that’s the subject of the concern is necessarily an abandoned property.”
People told us one of the property owners on Blake Street leaves trash and manure scattered around and has even been seen feeding the rats.
Some want town officials to bring charges against him, while others just want the problem fixed.
“I‘m not out for people to pay my bills,” Cole said. “I’m out for a solution to the problem that’s affecting the whole street.”