Stillwater Using Goats To Clean City Streets

Thursday, April 10th 2014, 7:41 pm
By: News 9

In Stillwater there's been a recent spike in city employees. Their salaries: Grass, weeds and just about anything else.

We all know what April showers really bring, tall grass. So to trim up its edges and its leaves the city of still water has brought in the goat squad, 23 goats, 69 stomachs, handled, nurtured and absolutely loved on by two men.

"They'll suck up every dead leaf that's there," said Dave Warren. "As far as the goats go. It gives you something to get out of bed and come and do."

Warren and John Mehan transport the squad from ditch to ditch, mowing down everything in sight.

"We got some pretty steep drainage areas. Some of the ditches are deep enough you can't get a boom mower down there," said Mehan.

Of course, they take a lunch break from their all day lunch. All carry their own load, some enjoy just being carried. Warren doesn't mind being a goat care taker, that's for sure.

"You watch out after them just like kids," said Warren.

This squad, most likely the only in Oklahoma, will work for as long as the grass grows. And when Fall arrives, Warren and Mehan will sort through those weeds when the time comes.

"You do get attached to them yeah," said Mehan.

All together the goats cost the city about $1,500, which it plans to make back when it sells the goats in the fall.

The public is encouraged to visit the goats while they're "working", as well as name the goats.

Visit the Facebook page to enter your naming suggestion.