Councillor wants bird poop removed
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Aug 04, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Councillor wants bird poop removed

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert

It’s not the poop that has one councillor raising a stink, but the lack of clean-up on the city’s behalf.

George Brown says the droppings being left behind by Canadian geese on the sidewalk south of the Avon River is an eyesore for tourists and residents alike, particularly around Tom Patterson Island.

“The animals can’t help it, but it’s terrible for people,” he adds. “It needs cleaning on a regular basis, not just periodically."

Brown suggests the city purchase a sidewalk cleaner that can wash the surface.

According to acting public works director, Bill Tigert, the only piece of cleaning equipment the city has that’s small enough for the sidewalk is a handheld sweeper to remove debris.  He adds staff will look into the issue and report back to council.

Any recommendation to purchase equipment would likely be put off until council begins its 2014 budget deliberations.

Coun. Brown isn’t the first person to voice concern about the mess along the river.

A recent email to the Gazette asked the paper to write about “the increasing amounts of Canada geese poop on the pathways around the river.

“Awful for all walkers, tourists and especially families with toddlers whose little ones don't know enough to step over it,” the writer said. “Something needs to be done. It's dreadful down there. Never been worse.”

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