From the June 11, 2008 City Council Meeting came the following important decision that affects every citizen in some undefined but critical way:
The City Administrator reported that it appears that the goose population in the City is on the increase, and he noted that the City has received a number of calls relative to this problem. The Administrator pointed out that Dr. Cooper has retired; however, there is a new person who has taken over for him in administering the goose control program. The Administrator asked whether the Council was in support of goose removal in key areas of the City for 2008 as has been done in the past.
Mr. Montour introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 2008-6-151 – AUTHORIZING THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR TO CONTRACT FOR GOOSE CONTROL SERVICES FOR 2008 SIMILAR TO PAST PROGRAMS
The foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Blesener.
Nays (0). Resolution declared adopted.
Obviously, all of the city's important problems are resolved and we are down to the completely irrelevant stuff. The Council doesn't even bother to find out how many "calls" were received before making the decision to hire a goose hitman. As we learned a couple of years ago, when the terrifying spector of wild geese was addressed in the City Council, some folks in our city who are afraid of the "giant birds." One citizen complained that geese "wing whip" his dogs and children, or some such weirdness. As usual, the council has decided to spend money on this project, without consulting the majority. At the least, you'd expect some numbers to be discussed but in the past the city has coughed up as much as $50/goose to a character named "Dr. Cooper" and his gang of unpaid college serfs.
In case you didn't now what happens to the geese, the adults are killed and sold or given to a food shelter and the chicks are sold to a Cheney-style hunting ranch. It's all for a good cause, I'm sure.