Bloomington tries to protect meters from crow droppings
BLOOMINGTON — Old street signs are being recycled to shield parking meters from crow droppings i n downtown Bloomington.
Hundreds of crows have been causing havoc around the Monroe County Courthouse square for the past few weeks as they’ve settled i nto the trees and coated the area with droppings.
The county has tried using fake owls and ringing the courthouse bell to scare the birds. It also i nstalled a machine that periodically emits sounds of predator birds. But the crows have stayed put, creating a messy situation for parking enforcement officers charged with cleaning the meters.
Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters told The Herald-Times that the coverings were added this week to help protect the meters and make cleaning easier.
Qualters said parking enforcement manager Raye Ann Cox came up with the plan to recycle the signs to address the unsanitary situation.
“She came up with an inexpensive solution to make the best of a situation over which we really have no control, and we are hopeful that it works as intended,” he said.
A metal strap i s used to attach the shields, and the cost is less than $ 15 per meter. Crews i dentified 16 meters as routine targets for the birds.
Thousands of crows congregate in trees above the Monroe County Courthouse square in Bloomington. Hundreds of crows settling in trees around the Monroe County Courthouse square in Bloomington have caused havoc in recent weeks by coating the area with...