Cortland County May Spend Another 14k on Crow Removal Efforts
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Cortland County May Spend Another 14k on Crow Removal Efforts
Cortland County Buildings and Grounds crews are looking to get a jump on the crows that roost around the County Court house during the fall and winter months, they’re looking to install additional deterrents and begin chasing the crows as soon as they return.
Last week, the Legislatures Buildings and Grounds Committee approved a request to spend 14 thousand dollars to install more grape seed oil sprayers on the roof of the County Court House and begin spraying in October.
Last year, the county purchased two sprayers and installed them in the early spring, the sprayers mist grape seed oil, which apparently is like hot sauce to crows.
The sprayers seemed to have some effect, but the crows leave in the spring anyway so the effectiveness of the misters was not fully known.
County Buildings and Grounds Department head Brian Parker says the idea this year is to disrupt the crow roost before they can settle in.

The County has spent thousands over the past couple years on equipment to chase and move the crows which leave their dropping all over the court house and surrounding walkways. Last year a three many cleaning crew was sent out almost daily to clean walk ways that were coated in crow waste. Dead crows clogged roof drains at the court house and created a back up that caused roof leaks.

When the crows do move they often take up residence in nearby neighborhoods creating problems for City residents. The Crows come from Canada and return there in the early spring.

The proposed 14 thousand dollar expense is subject to a vote of the full legislature next week.
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