Leawood council’s goals for the city include dealing with Canada Geese

The Leawood City Council has zeroed in on about a dozen possible short- and long-term goals to explore for the city, including dealing with the large population of Canada Geese.

The council met in a special work session on Monday, a week before Mayor Peggy Dunn delivers her state of the city speech.

Sustainability, storm water best practices, and the demand for senior activities were among the issues discussed during the session. Mayor Dunn acknowledged that some items, like providing an activity center with senior facilities, might remain on the long-term wish list for quite a while due to budget constraints and the city’s shifting priorities.

By the end of the work session, councilors had whittled their discussion down to about 12 objectives.

The council agreed that researching how to reduce the population of Canada Geese should be a priority. Leawood is among several cities in the Kansas City area facing this problem.

The geese typically defecate every seven minutes, resulting in an accumulation of waste in areas such as parks, playgrounds, golf courses, and public areas. That waste can carry harmful bacteria such as E.coli. Geese can also be territorial and violent while nesting.

“They have attacked our police officers,” Mayor Dunn said. “These geese are vicious.”

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