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Thursday, July 20, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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New law in Redmond bans feeding of pigeons

Seattle Times Eastside Bureau

Feeding wild pigeons in the city of Redmond will soon be illegal.

The Redmond City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday night that would fine pigeon feeders anywhere from $100 to $1,000.

The law takes effect five days after it is published, which means it will be law July 29.

The move was prompted by complaints from business owners and residents about congregating pigeons and their droppings.

Masses of pigeons on rooftops and power lines have led to a buildup of droppings on sidewalks and streets that has been a nuisance to clean and can be dangerous, city officials said.

The problem has been most visible at Northeast 85th Street and 164th Avenue Northeast, where the city says people have been feeding the birds regularly.

Feeders have been asked to stop, but without a law on the books there is nothing the city can do, officials said.

In the past six months, the city has cleaned that sidewalk nine times to prevent pedestrians from slipping, said Jim Cooper, the transportation operations supervisor.

The cost to clean it has totaled about $2,400 for labor and $900 for equipment costs this year, he added.

Lisa Chiu: 206-464-3347 or lchiu@seattletimes.com

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