ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 14 (UPI) — Some officials in St. Paul, Minn., are proposing a city code change to clarify that residents are responsible for removing pigeon feces from their sidewalks.
Bob Kessler, the city’s Safety and Inspections Department director, said the proposed change to the property maintenance code would legally require property owners to scrape the bird droppings from their sidewalks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Monday.
He said the city would send workers to clean non-compliant sidewalks and the property owners would be billed for the service.
Some property owners conceded the pigeon droppings are a major problem, but they objected to the proposed law.
“There certainly are some spots that you see accumulation,” said Matt Anfang, president of the Greater St. Paul Building Owners and Managers Association. “Given the opportunity, we could help the city do this (cleanup) without an ordinance.”
Officials said a public hearing to discuss the proposal is being scheduled for later this month.
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