The Upshur County Commission has approved a bid to help remove pigeons from its courthouse roof.
The commission awarded a $45,000 contract to TKS Contracting to help drive the birds away after other efforts in past years failed.
It’s a problem for the 1899 structure because the birds’ droppings are damaging the dome.
Commissioners said the bid doesn’t just include methods to keep the birds from coming back.
“It includes the pressure washing of the dome, and the installation of 1200 feet of spikes. We’ve got extra spikes because it’s kind of hard to get an accurate measurement,” said Commissioner Terry Cutright.
Cutright said extra spikes with be added to the courthouse annex if the birds move there. He hopes to see the work completed within the next few months.