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Vacant properties cause rodent issues for neighbours

City Hall to draft up a report on issues caused by vacant properties; 'I’ve been getting calls from the Juneberry/Winterberry area with students leaving and grass not being taken care of'
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Some Thorold residents are concerned with vacant properties in their neighbourhood and say that they have been experiencing rodent issues because of them.

The issue was brought forward at Tuesday’s city council meeting when Councillor Nella Dekker asked City Hall to draft up a report on the matter.

Other councillors applauded the initiative and said they had been getting calls from concerned residents as well.

“I’ve been getting calls from mainly in the Juneberry/Winterberry area with students leaving and grass not being taken care of,” said Councillor Ken Sentance.

The Juneberry/Winterberry area has repeatedly been in the news in the past year due to noise and vandalism complaints about the students who live there. Now that the school year is over, a lot of properties in the neighbourhood are vacant.

The request for the report was unanimously approved by council members but no due date was given.