Cuyahoga Falls City Council Will Discuss Ordinance to Regulate Feeding Feathered Creatures

The Cuyahoga Falls City Council committee meeting takes place tonight at the Natatorium.

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.

Follow Cuyahoga Falls Patch for an update on Monday’s meeting.

Robin Anderson May 16, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Well, at least now Councilperson James will be the beneficiary of some constituent/citizen feedback other than the few squeaky wheels in the River Estates that his proposed ordinance was designed to appease. What's next? Perhaps we also need to ban pet owners from leaving any milk or dried pet food outside for those certain domesticated varmints allowed to roam freely throughout our neighborhoods!
Jennifer May 16, 2011 at 05:17 PM
@ Robin - agreed! Don't forget legislating which plants people can put in their yard. Acorns from oaks attract wildlife, as do nuts from hickories, beeches, or walnuts. Crabapples, serviceberries, viburnums, etc all have fruit that attract wildlife. Is legislation about this next?
Matt Butcher May 16, 2011 at 05:45 PM
See what happens when common sense is left to interpret laws?
mila Theiss May 17, 2011 at 03:23 AM
were you at the meeting tonite? The story was told...
mila Theiss May 17, 2011 at 03:32 AM
If you were there you know how I feel !!! I love birds thats why We moved here 23 yrs ago...But when people neglect or do not maintain their bird feeders and cause other issues like rodents, it becomes a problem. There is nothing wrong with their lifestyle, but in my opinion they should not be living in a highly populated city, they should be living in the country with land.
Robin Anderson May 17, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Sorry, ma'am, but the Cuyahoga River is an ecosystem all it's own and irrespective of some folks' false assumptions about property rights. The rodents or squirrels or racoons could just as easily take a liking to someones tulip bulbs or carefully tended tomatoes! What kind of flowers is it that the deer are attracted to?
mila Theiss May 17, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Tomatoes in this weather lol..no their taking a liking to bird seed all over the ground...


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