BARRINGTON, Sick. (CBS) — In downtown Barrington, there may be no less than one critic of a high-flying show at a historic theater – however it’s not a stage act.
The home lights are nonetheless down on the Catlow Arts Heart.
“You are available in right here and also you simply miss all of the hustle and bustle you used to have – you already know, particularly across the concession stand and all the pieces,” mentioned co-owner Tim O’Connor. “It’s eerily quiet – that’s a great way to place it.”
However as CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported, you’ll catch a present there anyway – most nights at nightfall – and the perfect seats are exterior. Creatures will be seen flying out of the theater’s chimney.
However not everyone seems to be a fan, as O’Connor discovered this week.
“It was a licensed letter from the Village of Barrington telling me that they’d a grievance about some bats popping out of our chimney,” O’Connor mentioned.
However they’re not bats – they’re birds. The village and O’Connor now agree they’re particularly chimney swifts.
“They usually’ve been migrating right here for the final like 25, 30 years, so that is nothing new,” he mentioned.
However this one grievance is new, and so was the village’s request for O’Connor to pay an professional to discover a approach to management the problem or face a quotation.
“And we must seem earlier than some legal professional,” O’Connor mentioned. “As quickly as I hear that I’m like (grimace).”
The village believes the birds are security and well being threat to all components of the constructing, however O’Connor disputes that – with no earlier issues and all meals secured inside. And so as to add one other layer, the chimney swifts are federally protected below the Migratory Fowl Treaty Act.
“At this stage, we are able to’t contact them anyway,” O’Connor mentioned. “I imply, we couldn’t get them out of there if we wished to.”
We reached out to the village, and Barrington instructed us it’s engaged on speaking with the house owners of the Catlow to discover a resolution – hopefully within the fall when the birds migrate. Till then, they received’t be pressured out, and no citations have been written.
O’Connor: “That’s good to listen to!”
Saavedra: “Are they working with you?”
O’Connor: “I haven’t talked to anyone”
Saavedra: “Do you hope to now?”
O’Connor: “Yeah, I might like to settle this I feel this can be a non-issue principally.”
We name it a little bit off-screen drama that’s to-be-continued.
The village maintains the birds are nonetheless a Pest Elimination Code violation, which requires compliance inside 14 days. However from what officers inform us, they’re received’t be a lot motion till the birds transfer south.