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Pigeons target port building

Written by  Robert Levin Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 10:51 am
A flock of pigeons roosts on the port security building in Bar Harbor. A flock of pigeons roosts on the port security building in Bar Harbor.

BAR HARBOR — A flock of pigeons that have taken to roosting on the roof of the town’s new $640,000 port security building caused town councilors Tuesday to consider a ban on feeding wildlife as a way of easing the problem.

Police Chief Nate Young, however, said that the only sensible solution would be to spend $2,000 more to have a roofing company install spikes and wires around the edges of the roof. Town workers cannot do the work because it would void the warranty, he said.

The roof spikes would have been included in the design had the pigeon problem been obvious before now, he said.

Councilors voted 7-0 to instruct town manager Dana Reed to bring some recommendations on solutions and a funding option. An ordinance to prohibit feeding pigeons would be a last resort, they said.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Robert Levin is an award-winning reporter covering the Bar Harbor community. His beat includes municipal government, school happenings, real estate development and the business community. Robert also covers the visual and performing arts, writing about painting, music and other topics. He is often seen with his camera at community events. Robert enjoys living in Bar Harbor with his family.

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