Rats should be scrambling in the Village of Hamburg by fall, because residents should have garbage and recycling totes by the end of the summer.
There is one more public hearing to be held July 5 on formally changing the village law to require the totes. But the Village Board decided months ago the only way to combat the growing rodent problem was to require garbage to be put in closed totes.
The word from other communities that have gone to totes is more rats are sighted right after totes are deployed, as the rodents look for food.
But once the source of food dries up, the rats move on.
Each property will receive a 95-gallon garbage tote and a 65-gallon recycling tote. The total cost for both is about $93, but the village has applied for a grant that it hopes would shave about $20 off the cost. Property owners will see a fee on next year’s tax bill for the totes.
Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said multi-family buildings can request additional totes, and the cost will be added on to the next tax bill.
Details about the totes will be in the next village newsletter, and owners of multi-family buildings, commercial property and other non-residential property will be getting a letter explaining their options, and asking them to return a post card detailing how many totes they want.
Once the totes are distributed at the end of August and beginning of September, all garbage must be kept in a closed tote or an approved dumpster, and all recycling must be in a recycling tote.
The village has retrofitted its garbage trucks to accommodate the totes.