FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — A goat and a canine who had been every elected mayor have helped elevate cash to renovate a Vermont group playground.
The oddball concept of pet mayor elections to boost cash to rehabilitate the playground and to assist get native youngsters civically concerned got here from an area city supervisor.
In 2018, Honest Haven residents elected Lincoln the goat as its honorary mayor. Lincoln helped elevate about $10,000 whereas the present mayor, Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, has raised $20,000, City Supervisor Joe Gunter told the Rutland Herald. The city chipped in one other $20,000.
Murfee’s proprietor, Linda Barker, stated that when she was talked into having Murfee get entangled in politics, she thought it will be straightforward to boost cash by T-shirts. Then the pandemic struck.
So she shifted to masks. She’s made practically 1,000 of them and will probably be making one other spherical of them for Valentine’s Day. She raised greater than $5,000 from the masks and an analogous quantity from basket raffles.
The city was additionally not too long ago awarded a $50,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, she stated.
Satirically, the honorary mayor will not be welcome on the playground. Barker stated there’s a “no canines allowed” signal.
“Murfee goes to take that up with the city,” Barker stated Sunday with a chuckle. “He’s going to contest that.”