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Clean Scotia Collins Park site of celebratory picnic

Village trustee Armon Benny said the village is very pleased with the success of the group. Last spring, the board faced many obstacles after announcing its initial plan to get rid of the geese using lethal gas. At that time the park was so overpopulated that it interfered with the residents' ability to enjoy the lake, playground and athletic fields. This year the number of geese has consistently remained under 30, a number Benny calls impressive.

"I'm very happy with the results of the hazing efforts so far," he said. "I look forward to seeing the level of commitment be maintained by the group through the ice over season. After a sustained effort that has been promised by the group, I would listen to a funding request during the regular budget process."

Benny said the village would continue to work with volunteer group on issues of funding for the future.

"Of course, it would have to be legal from a liability standpoint and from a contractual standpoint. For example, if the village funds the lease of a dog for a few months, what happens if the group doesn't perform the task of hazing?"

Benny asked. "Again, something may be able to be worked out but even the discussion of a small amount of funding is predicated upon a successful season of hazing that the group promised."

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