Savannah fights carriage horse waste

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 2:07 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Companies that provide horse-drawn carriage tours of Savannah say they’re working together to flag messes caused by the animals and keep the downtown area clean.

The Savannah Morning News reports the latest tactic is the use of small, brightly colored flags to mark areas for cleaning. They’re purchased 5,000 at a time, and mark spots for “equine waste technicians,” who then show up to spray down the site or shovel up the mess.

About two months ago, hours for cleanup specialists were expanded. The Savannah newspaper reports that the expanded hours mean someone is now on call and on the way whenever the carriages are operating.

Veleeta McDonald, Savannah’s acting director of mobility and parking services, said officials have noticed improvements in equine sanitation with the expanded hours.

“That’s helped out tremendously,” McDonald said.

The clean-up efforts were once the responsibility of city employees.

About two years ago, the carriage companies took charge of the cleanup operation. They each pay about $1,350 a month to fund the service.

The city’s five carriage tour companies have a combined fleet of 22 carriages, according to a tourism advisory committee report issued in January. The city sent letters to all of the drivers in mid-July spelling out their responsibilities for keeping the historic district odor free and aesthetically pleasing.

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deestafford
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deestafford 08/02/13 - 01:37 pm
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Awww shoot. I thought the horses were environmentally friendly

and it was the internal combustion engine was the source of pollution. If one does any reading about life in the cities before the automobile they will find horse manure piles dozens of feet high in ''storage" areas within the cities. People have no idea how smelly and dirty streets were before the automobile took over for the horse.

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bdouglas 08/02/13 - 02:41 pm
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So what do you do for a

So what do you do for a living? I'm an on-call equine waste technician. You?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 08/02/13 - 06:02 pm
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I thought those carriages had

I thought those carriages had those horse diaper-looking things attached to the back to catch all those road apples...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/02/13 - 04:33 pm
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The ones in Charleston used

The ones in Charleston used to have diapers, maybe still do.

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Dixieman 08/02/13 - 07:37 pm
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Can't have horses without horse--

Hey, the Obama economic recovery plan is working! Created jobs for equine waste technicians in Savannah. I always said he was full of --, and now he has shared it with us, creating jobs. Huzzah!
I will pay $25 to anyone who can get me an equine waste technician badge or ID card or uniform displaying the title and can't wait to wear it around town!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/03/13 - 06:21 am
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Charleston does an excellent job, varying routes, orange cones,
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Charleston does an excellent job, varying routes, orange cones,

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/03/13 - 06:22 am
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Just imagine if ARC has horses? Another pile of s_____.
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Just imagine if ARC has horses? Another pile of s_____.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/03/13 - 08:48 am
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Pouches

I see leather pouches behind the horses in Helen Ga.....they catch the droppings .....pretty dang good idea.

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corgimom 08/03/13 - 08:58 am
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I grew up in a town that was

I grew up in a town that was very horsey, nobody cared about horse droppings on the road.

Things sure have changed.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/03/13 - 09:09 am
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I think their urine smells

I think their urine smells worse than their apples. No way to catch that is there?

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