Hanover Municipal Corporation unaware of rat infestation
The Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC) says it is unaware of giant rats roaming the town of Hopewell, as was reported in last Tuesday's WESTERN STAR. They have also summoned two persons affiliated with the corporation, who commented on the alleged infestation, to explain their role in the story, which garnered much public attention.
The matter took centre stage at last Thursday's monthly meeting of the Hanover Health Department, where Patricia Hall-Patterson, the chief public health inspector for the parish, said that their records did not show where Cleveland Wright, the Parish Development Committee (PDC) chairman for Hanover, had written to them about the situation as stated in the article.
"We at the Hanover Health Department are not aware of any such situation of an invasion of rats, whether large or small ones, in the town of Hopewell, neither have we received any correspondence from any individual or organisation about same," said Hall-Patterson.
"An investigation will be carried out into the matter to see if the whole report was just mischievous or is a matter needing attention."
In the WESTERN STAR, Wright claimed: "We at the PDC have sent several letters to them (both organisations (the HMC and the health department). We have even contacted Devon Brown, the councillor for the Hopewell division, but, to date, we have not received any positive attention. With all these rats, the stagnant water, the garbage, and mosquitoes, this could create serious problems for the community."
However, Lucea Mayor Sheridan Samuels also expressed concerns about the statement attributed to Craig Oates, who is employed to the corporation as an enforcement manager but is not authorised to speak on such matters. Oates had confirmed that there was in fact an infestation.