The people in the South End of Dearborn Heights are wearing out trying to keep ahead of the disease. The symptoms of this disease are blight, rats, and the inability to stop these things, and worse, from happening and destroying their homes and their lives. People are moving out, leaving the disease behind. Those of us that are left are pleading with the city to help us.
I get at lease two calls a week concerning blight, rats, and empty homes. I have followed the rank and file, as it was explained to me. The Ordinance Department has been leaving notes on doors, threats of what will happen if the home owner doesn’t follow the rules. If nothing happens the Ordinance Dept comes back out and leaves more reminders. They are doing as much as they can.
Calls that I have received in the past two weeks concern rats, outside feeding of birds and squirrels, empty homes as breeding grounds for the rats, and general blight conditions. I suggest that the people call the Ordinance Dept. Some do, sometimes I do, and the notes are building up on the doors.
On the east side of Telegraph, people are calling me to ask for help. One house, a rental, the family left because of the rats. The neighbors complained of the smell of gas so they called the gas company. The gas was reported not to be consumer’s gas, it was auto gas. The neighbors were told that someone was pouring gas down the rat burrows. Another slip of paper put on the door. The neighbors keep calling and Ordinance keeps adding more slips of paper to the door. Another house, a rental, has been left uninhabited, has loads of debris in the yard that is housing rats. The house is providing enough rats to cover the entire area. Ordinance just added another slip of paper to the door.
There are so many houses that are empty and are being destroyed, broken windows, doors, etc. It all makes our community look bad and we are vulnerable.
The Southwest Dearborn Heights Association, that was created to help the people in this area with these types of problems has had no impact as far as I know. We have been told that our Ordinance officers were being trained in Vector Control. It is our hope that the Vector Control is the answer to the rat problem.
The South End is dying and we need help from our city. If anyone can suggest anything please write in the comment section. I have lived in this city all of my life, and more than 36 years in this home. I have never had rodent problems, nor neighbor problems. I won’t give up as long as I can last. There has to be something we can do. We have to work hand in hand with our city officials to overcome these problems.