St. Louis, Missouri 2021-06-22 23:05:00 –
Pine Lawn, Missouri (KMOV.com)-Pine Lawn residents say they have taken special precautions to keep rodents and wildlife away from their homes.
“I put bricks around the hut to keep out raccoons,” said one resident.
Residents say in the last few months. They have seen a significant increase in rodents and other wildlife entering their communities. A resident sent a video of a fox family news 4 cell phone in the backyard. Pine Lawn Alderwoman Regina Gathwright says the problem has worsened in recent months.
“Because of the lack of public works, rodent possums and raccoons are on the rise,” says Gaslight.
She says Mayor Terry Epps eliminated all public works status earlier this year.
“He just abolished the public works sector,” she said.
Before Epps eliminated these positions, the department continued to mow in vacant lots and alleys, Gaslight said.
“We have a lot of people. Older people are really angry about how the city is maintained,” she said.
Residents like Daniel Mets say that when they complain to the mayor about overgrowth, his reaction tells the inhabitants to cut it themselves.
“Then tell them to fulfill their public works obligations, which is worrisome,” Mets said.
Epps told News4 that it did not rule out the public works sector. He says he hired four contractors to maintain the city’s four wards after two public works employees were injured. Epps didn’t elaborate on what their injuries were. Epps denies residents’ claims that the contractor is not working. He says they have focused on city-owned land before dealing with vacant lots.
“We have reduced our contractors since spring. All parcels have been reduced and are still being reduced and maintained,” Epps said.
A group of volunteers spent a day cleaning the Lulu Heights district of Wellston, which is notorious for illegal dumping.
Epps has accused wildlife growth from a large illegal dumping site in Wellston, three miles away.
“People were dumping illegally everywhere, and when you have people dumping their household waste, it will attract rodents,” he said.
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