Hello I live on Chamberlin Drive in West Seneca NY. We are on the Buffalo, West Seneca city line. You might say we are in the lower side of West Seneca. And because of this we are continuously ignored by the town.
There is a structure between Edson Street and Burch Avenue that was formerly occupied by an Ames Dept. store. The building has been empty for several years and has become a nesting placed for rodents.
How do I know this you might ask? Well we see them running freely in our yards. They have invaded our homes and destroyed our garbage bins.
I myself have had 2 removed from under my hot tub in the past 3 years. The smell was unbearable. The cost to repair my hot tub, 1000 USD.
My neighbor directly behind me has seen a sewer size rat run from under my shed. The rat leaves to feed and then returns. So It’s not feeding on anything in my yard.
My sister who lives to the rear of the building cannot use her back yard. Just last week she found a rat in her grill. I don’t think she will ever use that grill again. They have taken up residents under her shed. She has gone so far as to put Chicken wire around the windows that lead to her cellar.
My neighbor just paid 200 dollars to repair her car. A Rat decided to nest in the engine compartment and ate through some wires.
My wife is a Buffalo teacher. Just last week one of her adult students explained that she was forced from her apartment on Edson Street. The home became infested with rats. The building inspector found an estimated 200 rats in the attic alone.
We have called the town and the county. Their solution is to bate or place poison in our yards. The inspectors claim the rats are drawn to our yards because we have pets that leave droppings in our yards. That was 3 years ago. I can tell you that all of my neighbors clean their yards almost daily. Again I feel this is just a way to blame the home owner or tenant of the property. Bating the yards is only a band aid to the problem. The building in question needs to be dealt with.
As I said in the beginning of my email I feel because of our location the Town of West Seneca has little to no interest in our welfare.
I can tell you that I have lived on an off in this exact area for over 50 years and we have never had such a problem before.
I did send an email to Sheila M. Meegan the town Supervisor. I’m not holding my breath about getting any response.. But I am giving them a chance to respond….
Is there is a anything you can do to help my neighborhood?
This is the second time I have sent this email. I watch your news cast every day and I realize you have much to report on. But I must tell you you’re focus on the town of Amherst, Clarence and Williamsville is getting ridiculous. I realize most of the upper-class live in those areas. And I'm not trying to pick at the well off. Believe me I wish I was a bit better off monetarily.
I just wish you would report more real news and not some women complaining about the construction of a hotel that will ruin her life.
That is just mid blowing and when you aired that story I nearly through up.
I'll tell you what is ruining my life and the life’s of my neighbors. The Sewer size RATS that roam our neighborhood daily..
Please investigate who owns that building. Hold them accountable and demand they clean up the mess..