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The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.
by William Crum Published: August 17, 2014

Will goats be grazing along Hefner canal?

Goats may be the solution to keeping weeds and brush in check along the Hefner Canal. Oklahoma City plans to partner with Langston University’s Goat Research Extension Program to turn a small herd of goats loose along the canal between Northwest Expressway and Wilshire Boulevard. Mowing along that stretch is difficult, and city officials think goats could help them save gas, reduce use of chemical weed killers, prevent erosion, and reduce the risk of employee injuries. The city would check on the goats each day, water them and feed a guard dog. The canal already is fenced, so it’s unlikely nearby residents would find goats wandering into their neighborhoods. The six-month trial could be extended and expanded if it works out. Goats already are used to control weeds and brush in Stillwater and Portland, Ore., and by the National Park Service. Plans are for a herd of 15 to 25 goats in OKC.

Worth considering: The city cites studies showing goats reduce brush cover by 50 to 90 percent in the first year, clearing one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half acres per month. They are said to thrive on weeds, grass and woody vegetation.

City to pay fine for fish kill near treatment site

Oklahoma City’s utilities department will pay $17,822.23 in fines for a fish kill near the North Canadian Wastewater Treatment Plant. The fish were killed by pollution that passed through and was discharged by the plant. The fish kill was reported April 20 at the Hiwassee Bridge.

Security for a low price

One of Oklahoma City’s contributions to airline safety comes with a small price tag. The city leases land at Will Rogers World Airport to the Transportation Security Administration for a sturcture to store materials used to train explosives sniffing dogs. The charge to federal taxpayers: $23 per year. The city council renewed the lease for another year last week.

By the numbers

$1.8 million: Money collected by Oklahoma City last fiscal year through efforts to find delinquent or unpaid taxes, mostly in sales and hotel/motel taxes.

$530,000: Cost to collect delinquent and unpaid taxes for the year.

$20.4 million: Taxes recovered since the program began in 2001.

Tweet of the week

“Our President/CEO Roy Williams riding @EmbarkOK to head to his next meeting. #freefarefriday”


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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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