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Tama Police to deal with pigeon problem

Pair of "shoots" authorized by city council

December 8, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The reported problem:

Pigeons in downtown and other areas of Tama

"This has been an ongoing problem for some time," Tama Police Chief Dan Wilkens told city council members in a memo received at the Monday night meeting.

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pair of pigeons roost on the roof line of a downtown building in Tama on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 4. The birds will be the target of a pair of shoots aimed at reducing their numbers in the city.
News-Herald/John Speer

Mayor Dan Zimmerman added he has had a complaint about the pigeon population in the downtown block of 100 East 3rd.

Wilkens wrote in addition to" a large number downtown," other places including the old Catholic Church, Spahn & Rose Lumber, Werner Grain and Feed and "an overwhelming amount in the Sale Barn (Tama Livestock Auction) areas are causing concern. He said "their population continues to grow."

Wilkens wrote he had set traps baited with corn in the past "and that worked for a while." He said police have also tried shooting pigeons from buildings with a pellet rifle as time allows and if they can be hit by a pellet riffle.

The solution:

Council members voted 3-0 to approve a pair of "pigeon shoots" by police.

Council members Steve Baier, Robert Tyynismaa and Kenny McAdoo voted in favor with members Crystal Kaufman and Mike Carnanhan absent.

Under the plan proposed by Wilkens, the shoots would be staged at mid-mornings on two Saturdays. Only Tama city police officers, armed with shotguns would conduct the shoot. They will be stationed in the areas of the city where concentrations of pigeons are observed. They will operate "with strict shooting instructions," he wrote.

Under the plan, notice will appear in The News-Herald prior to the actual shoots so " as not to alarm people with the noise." Wilkens wrote. "The ammo used is 8 shot, very small pellets that do no damage to property, other than the birds."

He said the City of Dysart solved its pigeon problem with successful shoots.

In other business the council:

heard a street light request for Business Route 30 for the area just west of the Lincoln Highway Bridge Inn - Venture Lanes entrance. A "dark spot" is said to exist between lights at the entrances and at the north entrance to the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park. Tama businessman Tracy Brady made the request on behalf of motel owner Vlaznim Arifi. The request was tabled so council members can look at the area in question and to inquire about adding additional lights to existing light poles .Arifi who also operates the nearby King Tower Cafe, recently remodeled and reopened the 16-unit motel which has been closed for several years.

approved purchase of a walk-behind saw for the city water-sewer department at a cost of $3,775.

approved a payment request totaling $35,000 to TJA Construction, Oskaloosa, for housing rehabilitation work on 504 Wilson Street. The job is part of the Community Development Block Grant for 10 Tama residential projects.

approved a CDBG rehabilitation for 510 Wilson Street by Quality Roofing and Siding, Marshalltown, for work costing $24,725.



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