By Michele Dotson

First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

 Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Drawn to the open space and newly planted grass, they came in numbers. First flocking to the grassy area, they soon began to wander the sidewalks and walk boldly up to the front doors.

Visitors soon had to dodge goose droppings, which are not only unsightly, but they can also be a health hazard.

To combat the problem humanely, the town purchased two dog silhouettes, which measure 24 inches high and 34 inches from tail to nose.

The dogs are made out of weather resistant plastic and are guaranteed to last three to four years.

Attached to a heavy-duty spring, a slight breeze causes the dogs to move and make them appear real and a threat to the geese.

“They are working really well,” says town manager Brian Welch. “We have learned to move them around from time to time because the geese get used to them and come back.

Welch says that the decoys are very effective. The sidewalks have remained clean and the geese are staying away.