Ants take over in Brentwood

Dear Editor:

Had I known about the millions of ants, at least in my section of Brentwood, I would have never have bought a home here! Not just in hot summer, but whenever there is wet, cold December, the ants come inside making for miserable holidays. Who can entertain guests with literally thousands of ants in the kitchen?

They have carpeted the kitchen counters, inhabited the sinks, hunkered down in the bathrooms, and even been in my bed and hair. I have to shake out my clothes and towels hung in the bathroom, and shake the cups and cooking utensils in the kitchen before use. I keep a clean house. This has occurred too many times over the 15 years I have lived here.

If I were younger, I would move to another area far away from the ant hills. Some seniors are spending $60 or more for insect spraying several times a year or even monthly. I cannot afford that. I would not be surprised but what the developers of this property are making significant dividends from the insect repellent services whose trucks I regularly see in the neighborhoods. I have had my home sprayed several times and soldered where the ants have found ways in -- they still come!


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This area was formerly orchards. It should have been properly excavated when sold to the developer for hundreds of homes. A capable soil inspector should have determined that there was a large infestation of ant hills, and they should have been eliminated. This was not done. In fact, a house close to mine was later discovered to have been constructed on soil that had been incorrectly prepared. Some of the fruit tree shoots are still coming up after some 20 years after this retirement community was started.

Either the city or county inspectors should have been aware of this problem. I agree Brentwood is a charming town -- except for the ants.

Elizabeth Pforr

Brentwood

Oakley votes should stand

Dear Editor:

I attended the Oakley City Council meeting on Jan. 8. Only one motion was made and seconded for the mayoral position. It passed by the vote of all council members.

Two motions were submitted for the vice mayoral position. The first motion received a second and was approved by vote of a majority of the council. The second motion did not receive a second and no vote was taken. Revotes, because a minority of the council has second thoughts, does not promote stable leadership. The votes should be upheld.

With that said, I do support council members Randy Pope and Doug Hardcastle's idea of some formal line of progression to the positions of mayor and vice mayor in the future.

Gene Darab

Oakley

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