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Raven’s Nest Holding Up $1.5 Million Project In Fair Lawn

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey Mayor John Cosgrove says that the town’s water tower is in desperate need of repairs, but it seems that a bird’s nest is the reason why construction hasn’t began yet.

“It’s a $1.5 million project. We’re going to paint the tower, it hasn’t been painted in 18 years, so we were ready and thought we could get it done in the spring and be ready for summer and now we have to wait between four and six weeks because we have to wait until the hatchlings fly,” he explained.

The state DEP came and shut down the project because two raven eggs are in a nest somewhere in the scaffolding.

A 100 year-old law protects migrating birds and so now North Jersey tax payers are on the hook for an estimated cost of about $20,000 from construction delays while they wait for the eggs to hatch and the hatchlings to fly away.

Mayor Cosgrove said that he doesn’t have a problem with protecting wildlife, but the problem is the money.

“I’m all for preserving wildlife, but someone has to help us pay for it,” he said.

The DEP said that they are just following the law, but Mayor Cosgrove still plans to appeal to the DEP for financial assistance.

Many people question why the nest can’t be relocated and whether or not this waiting-game is worth holding up a $1.5 million project?


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