Johnson City

Johnson City Commission votes on bird problem

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Johnson City Commission voted on Thursday night to rid a community of starlings.

They voted 3-1 to rid the South Mountain View Circle area of flocks of starlings that have been roosting in trees and bushes.

Since the measure is not an ordinance it only had to pass this one reading.

Johnson City Mayor Ralph van Brocklin tells us they will be working with the Department of Wildlife to set up what he calls an "intensive noise and pyro-technic display" to get the birds to leave.

That is scheduled to take place when the birds return in the fall.  It will cost the city $6,000-$7,000 per campaign, up to three campaigns.

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