WESTERNPORT -Helen Hannon, a resident of Westernport, doesn't care much for the pigeons that are roosting in exposed rafters of a neighboring house, and she has a great concern about the dead ones found in her own yard.
By Jean Braithwaite
WESTERNPORT -Helen Hannon, a resident of Westernport, doesn’t care much for the pigeons that are roosting in exposed rafters of a neighboring house, and she has a great concern about the dead ones found in her own yard.
She brought this matter to the attention of the Westernport elected officials during a recent council meeting and said the house next door “has been let go for the past seven years,” and the owners have not been seen “either coming or going.”
Hannon, living on Kalbaugh Street, is unsure what type of diseases are carried by the pigeons, however, she mentioned that neighborhood children are playing on the dead-end street, including her own grandchild.
Giving other information, she said there is a half-full swimming pool located in the backyard of the house in question, and, “It is horrible; it is a mess.”
Hannon wanted to know whose obligation it was to remove the dead pigeons and if there is an ordinance to handle this type of problem.
“We have been living with this for a long time,” she said, adding a vehicle, belonging to the house, is also parked on the street with expired tags.
Mayor Tim Jackson said that he will have Bill (Cheshire) look at the property, and definitely, “The vehicle can be towed,” and citations can be issued.
Allen Shapiro, finance commissioner, added to this conversation when he said the town’s nuisance ordinance may be on the council’s agenda next month.
“We need to be stricter and stronger” with the nuisance ordinance, he said, adding that such situations as that facing the Hannons “is not fair to the neighbors.”
On the other hand, Shapiro had good news for the community, with the announcement that he is in the process with seeking a grant application to allow for a Sprinkler Park to be installed in the community.
He said the park would be “a water play area for kids,” with the water used to be recycled.
Shapiro said the children’s water park is about a quarter of a million-dollar project, and this type of feature has been known to draw families with children to live in the community.