C.R. ‘bird lover’ faces city nuisance complaints

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A self-proclaimed “bird lover” in Cedar Rapids is drawing nuisance complaints from local housing and health officials, who say she is attracting too many wild birds to her home.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids says (http://bit.ly/1ajpzPa ) Roseanne Dodd placed several bird feeders around her rental home in northwest Cedar Rapids. She also scatters seeds on the ground around her home so she can watch them.

Officials from the city and Linn County Public Health investigated after at least one neighbor complained. Dodd says she received a second violation notice from the city earlier this month, which she plans to fight.

Kevin Ciabatti, director of the city’s Building Services Department, says Cedar Rapids has no rules limiting bird feeders, but the city can enforce rules related to cleanliness and potential health risks.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com

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