The oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money to rehabilitate the playground and to help get local kids civically involved came from a local town manager.
에 2018, Fair Haven residents elected Lincoln the goat as its honorary mayor. Lincoln helped raise about $ 10,000 while the current mayor, Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, has raised $ 20,000, Town Manager Joe Gunter 말했다 the Rutland Herald. The town chipped in another $ 20,000.
Murfee’s owner, Linda Barker, said that when she was talked into having Murfee get involved in politics, she thought it would be easy to raise money through T-shirts. Then the pandemic struck.
So she shifted to masks. She’s made nearly 1,000 of them, and will be making another round of them for Valentine’s Day. She raised more than $ 5,000 from the masks and a similar amount from basket raffles.
The town was also recently awarded a $ 50,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, 그녀가 말했다.
아이러니하게도, the honorary mayor is not welcome on the playground. Barker said there’s a “no dogs allowed” sign.
“Murfee is going to take that up with the town,” Barker said Sunday with a chuckle. “He’s going to contest that.”