And you thought it was strange when the Chicago teachers went back to work!
Chicago’s Aviation Department wants goats to trim grass at O’Hare Airport
By Associated Press, Published: September 14
CHICAGO — The Chicago Department of Aviation is looking for a few good goats.
WFLD-TV (http://bit.ly/Ns4U4S ) reports that Chicago recently put out a bid for someone to supply goats to trim the grass at O’Hare International Airport. The bid also calls for a goat herder.
Amy Malick is the department’s point person for sustainability, and she says the city is looking at a pilot program of 30 goats to eat grass and weeds in one, hard-to-mow area. She says the area is outside the security fence, so there’s no danger of goats straying onto the runways.
Malick adds that the department also worries about pollution produced by mechanical mowers, so they’re turning to the four-legged variety.
Atlanta recently started a similar effort, and San Francisco has been using goats for years.
We can only commment by posting what Roland said in his blog post:
I don’t have anything against goats, but it does raise the question of “are goatherders unionized under the SEIU?” They will have to be to get anywhere in a town like Chicago.