News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Goats are the new lawnmowers in Augusta-Richmond County.
"I don't want a goat cutting my grass," said Augusta resident Delores Simpson.
"All I know is that they will eat anything if you don't try to stop them," said Augusta resident Alphozo Staggers.
The city will use nine goats on three retention ponds for three months. Engineers will study the rate of how fast the goats eat the acres of grass and what it looks like once their done.
City Engineer Abie Ladsen said this is all about the green. He says the city has over 700 ponds and not enough manpower to keep them all cut. City crews of four or more would cost around $500 per pond.
Inmate crews are cheaper, but the guards on duty could cost anywhere from $200 to $300 per day. The city paid $200 for four goats and the other five were donated to Augusta's Animal Shelter.
"I feel like it was a joke. They are just finding a different way to save some money. I guess it's good to use them," Staggers said.
In Hyattsville Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., officials there gave goats a try as well.
The goats in Augusta are city property and anyone caught stealing will be arrested and charged with theft.