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Maxwell mocks goats, but what has he done for environment?

It was awful to see the name calling in Commissioner Eric Maxwell’s letter. He referred to Steve Brown and Harold Bost as “despised and disgraced” but he failed to discuss any of the relevant issues most of us are concerned about. Unfortunately, Commissioner Maxwell is degrading the level of decorum in this election with name-calling and innuendo.

Like Mr. Brown, I do not want kudzu in our beautiful city. Kudzu is an invasive weed that came from Japan and our warm climate causes the vine to wipe out our trees and natural vegetation. Commissioner Maxwell’s demeaning comments toward Mr. Brown’s efforts to get rid of kudzu in our community were uncalled for and did little to address the issue.

Does Commissioner Maxwell have a plan to get rid of the kudzu destroying our public land, tree save buffers and native vegetation? I seriously doubt it.

Had Commissioner Maxwell performed a little research prior to launching his tirade in the newspaper, he would have found that many cities and counties across the nation are using goats to eliminate kudzu.

Chattanooga’s Public Works Department has a very successful program using goats to clear kudzu. A June 5, 2007 New York Times article said, “Despite the humorous overtones to the city’s methods, the program represents an environmentally friendly effort to grapple with a real problem in Chattanooga and the South.”

Mr. Brown recognized that spraying toxic herbicides near creeks, lakes and recreation areas was a danger to us all. In many cases, the vines come back and have to be sprayed with the chemicals over and over again.

An Oct. 21, 2003 article on efforts using goats in Raleigh, N.C., said, “Employing goats to clear woodlands is not the newest trick in the book. But thanks to emerging research on their browsing habits — as well as vastly improved portable fences to hold them in — goats are slowly gaining acceptance as environmentally friendly ‘bio-agents’ that fight noxious vines at their root.”

I’m not sure Commissioner Maxwell cares about protecting our beautiful green spaces. For the four years he has been in office, I can’t recall him ever mentioning an interest in protecting the natural areas that set us apart from the rest of the Atlanta area.

I want to keep a green Fayette County and Steve Brown has my support.

Marta McGlade

Peachtree City, Ga.



ginga1414's picture

Thank you very much, Marta, for writing this piece. It is so good to see the good guys vindicated for once. Chalk one up for the good guy, the goats, out of the box thinking and no herbicides. I said, "out of the box thinking," but really it is common sense not to spray herbicides.

Also, you are absolutely right about Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Jack Smith. They are just chomping at the bit to plow through over a thousand acres of green space with Phase II of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Dennis Chase has pointed out time and again different routes that could be used without the destruction. There are two routes that he has talked about along the West Bypass/Parkway and the East Bypass that would not require the damage or dollars our commissioners are demanding. Thanks again, Marta, your was a great piece.

Steve Brown's picture

I laughed when I read Incumbent Commissioner Maxwell's letter. Of course he did not research anything.

It is just more character assassination and no talk on the real issues.

Do not vote for the incumbents if you want to:
1. ... stop wasting our tax dollars on the West Fayetteville Bypass.
2. ... stop seeing wasteful pet projects on local SPLOST referendums.
3. ... avoid seeing mass transit rolling through Fayette County.

Mike King's picture

I do agree with you in that the WFB must be stopped, however, I have yet to hear your 'plan' to make it go away. Do you believe the three more senior commissioners will take a backseat to you, after all you will be but one of five. Your time as mayor, and our one meeting lends me to believe that establishing a concensus or team building is not your strong suit-Far from it.

Fayette County does need a change in leadership, and if you are elected, I truly hope you've grown.

Steve Brown's picture

What happens to the bypass is up to the voters - this is a mandate on the issues I listed above. Obviously, both McCarty and I would have to be elected. Our message is very clear on the issues. There is no voter confusion on this one. Another election is close by.

To anyone who follows the commission, Smith and Maxwell are the leaders of the bypass movement.

If you want a list of consensus projects of record, I can give you one.

We all grow along the way. I have noticed your posts are changing too.

Good to hear from you and please stay in touch.

Steve Brown

highflyer2's picture

Come on people! Am I hearing what I think I’m hearing?
In the crystal town of PEACHTREE CITY where people walk their pure breeds, while holding in their hands the little “pooh bags”? Everyone knows that if you don’t pickup the pooh, you go straight to jail!
OK, let’s flash back and see what 10,000 goats (imported of course) are going to do with all the cart paths in the emerald city? It doesn’t take genius to figure out where all that goat (imported of course) digested Kudzu pooh is going to land!
In PEACHTREE CITY? On the yellow brick roads (cart paths)? HEVEN FORBID!

ginga1414's picture

We are talking "green" here, highflyer. Recycling! It's what we did before we had chemicals. There is a new invention called a "pooper scooper." What the goats leave behind is free fertilizer.

highflyer2's picture

but I just don't see it. Please tell me WHO is going to be delegated to pick up all of this FREE fertilizer?

ginga1414's picture

Highflyer, I am the granddaughter of farmers. I know goats and I know goat pooh. However, just in case you don't trust my knowledge, Google The Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett. I could give you great insight into the goats I have raised and cared for, but knowing how you feel about these herbivores, I will quote an expert.

"For gardening, goat manure can be a real asset. In their naturally dry, pelleted state, goat feces are easily handled, stored or directly applied on vegetables, trees, and flower gardens, as mulch, organic matter, fertilizer, or just to increase the water holding capacity of the soil; and goat feces do not normally attract flies or breed maggots. .....and the garden will soon show its appreciation."

There you go, highflyer, anything else you want to know about goat pooh? Goat pooh is very similar to rabbit pooh. I'm sure there are rabbits in Peachtree City and that doesn't seem to have presented a problem. I'm sure there are grounds' keepers employed by Peachtree City. Who takes care of all those newly planted day lilies and other plants along the roadways and medians? Doesn't their job description include caring for the plants the city and county plant there? Don't they have to fertilize those plants? Just think, goat pooh would also be extremely helpful during drought conditions. Anything else you need to know?

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