FAIR LAWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Once upon a midnight dreary, a northern New Jersey town became weary, waiting to paint its water tower after a pair of ravens came knocking at its door.
Edgar Allan Poe never pondered the problem Fair Lawn officials face after a resident spotted a nest on the structure and called the state.READ MORE: Suspect Pleads Guilty In Connection To 2019 Robbery That Led To Friendly Fire Death Of NYPD Detective
Active raven nests are protected by federal and state laws so the $1.5 million project has been put on hold until the baby ravens hatch and fly away.
Mayor John Cosgrove said the stop work will cost Fair Lawn an extra $20,000.
“I’m all for preserving wildlife but the cost to the borough, an additional $20,000 to the project, because we have some cute birds is a little outlandish,” Cosgrove told 1010 WINS.READ MORE: Syracuse University Scholarship Established In Honor Of Late CBS2 Reporter Nina Kapur
The additional cost covers the rent for scaffolding.
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