Workers in a northern New Jersey town can resume painting the water tower after a pair of nesting ravens have flown away.
Fair Lawn officials had to put the $1.5 million on hold when a resident spotted the nest on the structure and called the state last month.
Active raven nests are protected by federal and state laws.
The Record newspaper reports Mayor John Cosgrove confirmed with the state that it's OK to start cleaning and painting the tower.
Officials are figuring out how much the delay will cost.