Is downtown Glenwood going to the birds?
Not if downtown businesses help pay half of a contract to exterminate the large number of pigeons that have made their homes in downtown buildings.
Glenwood City Commissioners last week reacted to complaints about the growing number of pigeons living downtown and approved a motion to pay half of the cost of a licensed exterminator, if downtown businesses would pay the other half.
The total cost of an exterminator is about $3,000, so downtown businesses will be asked to come up with about $1,500. The commission directed city staff to write a letter seeking donations from downtown businesses.
The birds are becoming more of a nuisance in the area each year and city officials and police officers have been getting numerous complaints about the issue, according to Glenwood Police Chief Dale Danter.
Danter said he has spent a considerable amount of time researching options the city could pursue to reduce the pigeon population. “The only real option is to hire a licensed exterminator,” he told commissioners. He added that he did research the viability of shooting some of the birds or trapping them, but recommended hiring the exterminator.
“Shooting has become very complicated and it really isn’t a viable option for the city at this time,” he added. “And trapping [the birds] is very labor intensive and would require a lot of time by city workers and police officers.
Commissioner Sherri Kazda said she was in favor of paying half the cost, but said the city should not enter any contract until the money is raised.
“It’s unfortunate that we even have to do this,” she said.
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