Baltimore County Code Enforcement Officer Phillip Mills visited the Riverview-Ryerson Circle Communities Association meeting Thursday to discuss a nasty problem that continues to plague the area: rats.
"Rats aren't the issue, it's the people," Mills told the group of about 12 people gathered at the Head Start building on Kessler Road. "We have to crack down on the people not following the law."
The law that states residents must store their trash in a trash can with a tight fitting lid, he said.
Association President Ron Whitehead said it is past time to crack down and start creating real consequences for those repeat offenders contributing to the problem.
"I've got a rat problem and I've got a clean yard," Whitehead said.
"What I'd like for you to do, when you come out, is cite people," Whitehead told Mills. "It boils down to the trash cans."
"When people have the trash cans in the front yard and the lids are on the ground and the bags are all over the place, I want you to cite them," he said.
Mills intends to do just that.
"It depends on the resources and the timing and it's ultimately up to the community association but we will come out here every two weeks and we will give out $250 tickets to everyone in violation," Mills said.
"I'm more than willing to stop out here to issue tickets for improper storage of trash," he said.