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May 8, 2013

Town to host rodent control presentation

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The Commission for Conservation of the Environment is continuing its speaker series next week with a presentation on rodent control, town officials said.

The event, “Taking a Proactive and Cooperative Approach to Rodent Control,” is taking place May 15 in the community room of the Phillip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.

“We did a program like this before at the end of the summer and residents were very receptive,” chairman of the commission Thomas Hersey Jr. said. “We figured we would do it again before the summer, before the problem begins.”

The commission sponsors the series in an effort to educate the community on various environmental issues. The events are free and open to the public. 

Erie County Senior Public Health Sanitarian Peter Tripi and Tonawanda Superintendent of Highways William Swanson will be on hand next week to discuss how to prepare and protect homes from rats.

“Increasing citizen participation in the curbside recycling program is not only good for the environment but also helps reduce the cost of the town’s garbage disposal service,” Swanson, who will provide an update and review of the town’s solid waste and recycling programs, said.  

The speakers will also recap the rodent control efforts from last summer by reviewing the services each agency provided to town residents. 

“This is your opportunity to strategize with the lead governmental officials and your neighbors on how to work together to rid the community of rats,” a statement from the town said. 

Additional events are being planned for this year’s Environmental Speakers Series and will be listed at 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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