Who's responsibility is a 'cat issue'?
I just spoke with a complainant for quite a while about a problem in her area. Apparently there is a cat that has come up to urinate in her corridor a few times. She pointed out which cat it is and she said she had nothing against the cats - she just wanted the problem solved basically.
The interesting thing is that the town council officer had just emailed me and said that there were problems there and they were getting complaints from two blocks in the vicinity (including the complainant's block) almost every other day. He said that cat issues were not a priority of his and that he wanted to put the resident caregiver's name on the notice board so that other residents could call the caregiver directly.
The complainant also told me this was the third time she had complained about this (and the first time I had heard about it) and that the officer had told her that firstly, they were not the ones in charge of cat issues, and that secondly she was the only one who complained in her block!
I wrote back to the officer to say that while I understood that they dealt with many issues, they cannot refuse to deal with cat issues and just outsource it to other residents. The residents who care for the cats are more than willing to help - but they're not getting paid to do it. Why their names should go on the board is beyond me unless the town council starts deciding to pay them to do the work.
It's also worrying that this is the attitude because in that case, dengue and mosquito cases should not be handled by the TCs either - after all, that's NEA's portfolio. Littering - again NEA. A bit more co-operation and working together - and a bit less of the shoving of the work to someone else - would be the best way to solve problems.