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Too many skunks

Resident seeks advice from council

September 7, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council discussed a stinky problem at its regular meeting Monday-skunks.

In a letter to the council, Beth Langford said that skunks have become a problem within Estherville.

In talking with her neighbors, eight skunks have been trapped in their neighborhood.

Langford said her dog was sprayed by a skunk on her deck and now is worried about letting her dog out to do his business.

Councilman Larry Anderson also said he has had problems with skunks that drink from his fountain.

Langford she was trying to get more people to think about a solution.

City administrator Penny Clayton said the city has received several reports of skunks in various neighborhoods. She suggests using a wildlife control officer to trap the skunks and making an environment not conducive to skunks.

Some things that can be done to deter skunks include making sure there is no food or water sources readily available and putting motion sensor lights in the yard.

In other business, council reviewed suggestions from the Iowa Department of Transportation on making the intersections of Highway 4 and Highway 9 safe for pedestrians.

After an elderly Estherville was struck and killed at the intersection last January, the DOT conducted a field review and discussed with the city options for possible safety enhancements.

Council reviewed the suggestions and gave approval for city officials to request a study through the Iowa Traffic Engineer Assistance program. The program is funded by the DOT and provides engineering services to assist local agencies.

Other options included installing pedestrian controlled signal boxes or review the need for left-turn signal phasing.

Clayton was not in favor of installing pedestrian-controlled signal boxes as it could conflict with the timing of the other traffic signal lights. However a left-turn signal might be feasible.

 
 
 

 

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