A proposed ordinance to monitor bird feeders in town is on city council's agenda for Monday night's committee meeting.
City Councilman Jerry James said his proposed ordinance, that would regulate bird feeders, has stirred controversy mainly because it’s misunderstood.
who said he didn’t know how what he said was interpreted to mean he had received reports of birds getting sick and dying from bad bird seed, or that he even wanted to ban bird feeders all together.
“It has blossomed into a monster,” James said.
“I said no, it’s not to say there haven’t been, but I haven’t had any phone calls or reports of any kind of increased bird deaths in my ward. I don’t know if he misunderstood me or what, but I was definitely misquoted on that.”
He said the prime reason for the ordinance is that he had received some complaints about bird feeders attracting river rats, possums and other undesirable animals that scavenge spilled bird seed on the ground in his ward, particularly in the River Estates area.
Chris Stranahan, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise at 597 Howe Ave., said he will attend council’s meeting tonight to offer his opinion and expertise.
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