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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Rat removal completed; stench gone, too

The rats are gone, their detritus has been eliminated and, it is hoped, the aroma will soon depart in Bradenton Beach City Hall.

"I've been dealing with this for months, and I'm sick of it," City Clerk Nora Idso rather modestly phrased the matter before the city commission last week.

The infestation and its accompanying cleanup has amounted to about $9,500, not counting an unexpected expense of replacing all the ceiling tiles in the building. The tiles were covered with rodent ... well, call the leaving little "gifts."

The anti-rodent repairs forced city hall to close Sept. 10 for rodent removal and disinfection.

Public works staff spent the weekend, Monday and Tuesday - forcing city hall to again close for business - to get the rodent remains removed and the tile replaced.

The tile replacement, at an as-yet undetermined cost, was done by the city's public works crew, required masks and clothing that more closely resemble hazardous material attire than routine uniforms.

"We hope to re-open Wednesday," Idso said.