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|Galesburg City Council Approves Development Amendment, Talks Crows
|The Galesburg City Council held a short meeting Monday night where very little discussion was had on most items.
Aldermen approved an amendment, 4-2, to a plan submitted by Raufeisen Development to build in phases on land across the street from the Seminary Square Shopping Center.
Like the original vote, Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin recused himself from the matter to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
The Council also heard about the downtown crow problem from City Management. Efforts have reportedly been stepped up to combat the problem.
Answering some delicate questions from the aldermen, Public Works Director Larry Cox says residents can kill the crows legally with a permit and during their hunting season.
"As far as getting the permit to do it, I think you would have to get that from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and possibly the Illinois Department of Natural Resources," says Cox. "I'm not sure an individual could do that, I think an entity probably could if there were enough problems to justify it."
The Mayor reminded the Council that it may not be a good idea to encourage residents to take matters into their own hands.
The issue started with crows but got sidetracked when the council decided to take a "gander" at the City's second bird problem: the geese at Lake Storey.
Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin decided to be a little "tongue in cheek" when discussing potential solutions to the goose problem.
"People are issued permits, and they come out with their shotguns, and it's not very sporting of course because the geese are just right there," says Karlin. "I think, who knows, they just go and BOOM and then you send it off to Thrushwoods or whatever and they could get the geese. Maybe if you hooked it up with a gun show."
The City has reportedly stepped up efforts to resolve the problem. City Manager Todd Thompson says the City has stepped up its response to the crows.
"Some of our employees have responded later in the evenings, or early in the morning to monitor where the crows were to use noise makers and electronic calling or equipment to lure the crows to less populated areas," says Thompson.
The Council also unanimously approved renewing the City's contract with DaCott Energy. The company, out of Texas, has been consulting the City through the energy aggregation process.
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