What keeps ducks at the ponds in South Park?

Siblings William, 10 and Leslie, 11, Rhodes feed ducks at South Park on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. The Rhodes made a point to feed the ducks on Labor Day. | H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 24, 2019 10:20 am

What keeps ducks at the ponds in South Park from leaving their little area and getting hit by a car or moving elsewhere?

Rome Frericks, executive director of the Quincy Park District, said the ducks around the three ponds in South Park along RJ Peters Drive don't stray far, because there is fresh water and an abundance of food.

"Park patrons feed them every day, and that's why they really don't leave," Frericks said. "With that being a spring there, it never freezes up, so it's just a perfect opportunity to have fresh water and fresh food every day."

Frericks said most of the ducks were pets bought from local businesses around Easter, though one or two wild ducks will occasionally join the group.

"Once they get too big for being a little pet, they are released in the local area," he said, adding that the Park District urges residents to not abandon pets.

When the population of ducks climbs high every two or three years, Park District staff rounds up ducks and takes them to a farm outside of Quincy where they are cared for.

Mayor Kyle Moore has cited a federal law that is complicating recycling opt-in over the phone. What does the federal law involve?

The city is citing the federal Red Flag Rule, which was designed to help prevent identity theft.

Jim Murphy, director of IT, said the city is required to follow the rules since it bills three months in arrears. This is why a password or photo ID is required when accessing utility accounts.

The Red Flag Rule implements portions of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. The rules took effect Jan. 1, 2011, after rules were passed in 2008 by the Federal Trade Commission.

The Quincy City Council also adopted an ordinance in 2011 to establish an Identity Protection Policy to comply with the Illinois Identity Protection Act.

The new opt-in recycling program, which starts May 1, costs $5 per month for one recycling bin. Any households requesting a second tote will pay a one-time fee of $7. Decals will be placed on the existing bins.

The city announced that the Utilities Department will be open until 7 p.m., Monday, May 6 and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 11 for those who will be unable to sign up during normal business hours or over the phone. Residents should bring proper identification with them when signing up.

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