Boynton Beach takes on road kill

Road kill complaints on the rise

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Boynton Beach is trying to clean up a mess.

Complaints of road kill being left for days have gone up, and now the city promises to act.

"There's been a lot of road kill here," said Michael Della Volpe, the president of the Canterbury Homeowners Association. "Possums, cats, there was a dog once."

Neighbors near Gateway Boulevard have called the city to have unlucky animals picked up.

"Until it decays and there's bones. Sometimes they pick them up, sometimes they won't pick them up," said Della Volpe. "My kids get picked up from school here. They walk to school from here. Health hazard."

City commissioner Joe Casello says he's gotten eight complaints in the last two months about road kill that is well, just sitting there. "I was informed that we don't have a department that does that."

A few years ago, the city got rid of a unit that handled road kill pickups that was costing them $150,000 a year.

At the time the city said they couldn't afford it in tough economic times.

But now the city manager says with all the complaints they've been getting, they may hire a vendor to do it for them for between $6,000 and $10,000 a year.

"These are the first things that get dropped out of city government," said Casello . "It's not a priority per se, but I believe it's a health issue and a quality of life issue."

Boynton Beach responds to road kill calls with department of public works employees when they can.

City officials will discuss the matter at a meeting next month.

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