HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Please Do Not Feed The Pigeons.
What may seem like a humorous issue to some has become an ongoing issue in Hasbrouck Heights, as someone throwing bird seed under the Route 46 underpass on Terrace Avenue has created a nuisance for residents close to the area.
Board of Health Inspector Daniel Dabrowski spoke about the situation during Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting after Board President Connie Doheney asked if the notation in his report - that he had swept out the underpass - was correct.
Dabrowski noted that has been an ongoing issue and the resident impacted has contacted the Board of Health, the Borough Administrator, and even the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department trying to get the perpetrator to stop,
Dabrowski noted that he has taken several steps to help alleviate the issue, including contacting the New Jersey Department of Transportation to clean under the overpass; Bergen County Department of Transportation to clean;, the Hasbrouck Heights Department of Public Works has also cleaned the area; as the pigeons eat the bird seed but also leave the area around the overpass a mess.
Dabrowski also noted that he reached out to the Bergen County Department of Transportation to post "Do Not Feed The Pigeons" signs at the site.
According to the witnesses, the people spreading the bird seed are driving an older brown Cadillac. The car slows down as it goes under the overpass, and the passenger tosses the bird seed out of the car. They have also found bird seed further down the road by the Citgo station.
Dabrowski mentioned that he is going to suggest to the homeowner making the complaint to install a Ring doorbell camera, hoping that the video surveillance feature on the camera would catch the car, and its license plate, while throwing the seed.
Dabrowski noted that if they were able to get a license plate, a summons would be issued.
During his report Dabrowski also mentioned two violations, both of which the summons were pled guilty to by mail, so their will be no court date.
The first involves the McDonald's on Route 17, which received a summons for emptying its grease trap in the sewer outside the building, rather than the properly disposing of it. The manager, according to Dabrowski, admitted the violation, and immediately resolved the issue. The employees all of been properly trained and McDonald's is now in compliance.
The Skyline Apartments also received a summons after the town received complaints about critters in the garbage receptacle area. The owner pled guilty by mail, and the building maintenance cleaned up the area. Dabrowski said that they were hopeful that the building kept up on the situation.
Dabrowski also noted that they received a notice that a resident saw a "bobcat like animal" on their property on LaSalle Avenue near the Lodi border. The resident in their report noted it was too big to be a regular cat, and that it was not a dog. The resident stated that the animal jumped a six-foot fence when it was leaving the area. Dabrowski stated he notified the Lodi Board of Health and the Teterboro Animal Control.
Dabrowski that while bobcats in the past have not been spotted in Hasbrouck Heights, they have been spotted in Bergen County. He told them if they do see it again, to call Bergen County Animal Control.
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