ST. PAUL RODENT ORDINANCE 9.1.6


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(a) The council finds that control of rodents on St. Paul Island is critical to preservation of bird species which inhabit the island and that introduction of rodents to the island could cause catastrophic irreversible impacts on the bird populations.

(b) Prevention Program - All structures and the land surrounding them which are used for commercial purposes to store food, and/or which produce food wastes, fish processing wastes, or other waste products which might be a food source of any- rodent shall maintain a rat prevention program that will include general sanitation monitoring and a trap, sticky board and/or bait station program.

(c) Vessels - All vessels utilizing any other waters within the City shall be free of rodents. Where there is evidence of the presence of rodents on a vessel, such vessel shall be evicted from the Port of St. Paul or waters within the City's jurisdiction.

(d) Food Source Control - Any business or vessel which produces food wastes, fish processing wastes or other products or waste products which might be a food source of any rodent shall store such materials in rodent restrictive containers or dumpsters.

(e) Inspections - Any commercially used structures and any vessel type in City waters may be inspected at any time during normal business hours for compliance with this ordinance. In addition, in the event of receipt by the City of any evidence that a structure or vessel may be infested with rodents, the structure or vessel may be inspected at any time for compliance with this ordinance.

(f) Infested Structures or Vessels - Any structure or its surrounding lands or any vessel in or upon which there is sighted by any person rodents or rodent feces shall be presumed to be infested within the meaning of this ordinance. Upon receipt of evidence that a structure or vessel may be infested, the City Manager may take all measures reasonably conducive to isolating the structure or vessel and containing the infestation, including, but not limited to, requiring the cessation of any use or occupancy of same and, in the case of a vessel, requiring it to leave City waters. All costs of such containment shall be borne by the owner and user of the structure or vessel. The City Manager shall cause written notice of such action to be delivered to the person occupying the structure or on board the vessel who reasonably appears to be in charge thereof. The owner, occupant, or other interested person may within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of said notice, request a hearing by the City Manager regarding whether the structure or vessel is infested. Such hearing shall be held within forty-eight (48) hours of request.

(i ) Elimination of Infestation - The owner or user of any infested structure or vessel may be ordered by the Manager to immediately undertake efforts to fumigate, poison, or trap rodents as may be necessary for the immediate elimination of the infestation. In the event of the inability to give notice to such persons or the failure to undertake such measures within twenty-four (24) hours of oral or written notice of the need for such measures, the City may undertake such measures itself with all costs of such measures being borne by the owner and user of the structure or vessel.

(j ) Rodent Information Posting - All commercial fish/crab processors operating with the Port of St. Paul or within City boundaries shall display information signs in prominent locations throughout the processing facility about the environmental dangers posed by rodentrv, how to detect rodent sign, and the process for reporting rodent sign or sightings.

Any person acting in violation of the above ordinances is, upon conviction, guilty of a City offense and is punishable as set forth in Section 8.2 of this Chapter.