Ward-Pugh Buys, Crashes Electric Lawnmower

by Kyle Durbin on July 28, 2011

The Billy Goat Hill Community Garden in the Clifton neighborhood has a new piece of environmentally-friendly equipment.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, presented the non-profit with a battery powered lawn mower, dubbed the “electric goat,” today.

The mower has practical and symbolic value. First, it will help the group maintain its small garden, which mainly grows garden variety vegetables. Second, the councilwoman and Mayor Greg Fischer say they hope the initiative motivates others to start their own gardens and green programs.

Germantown resident Julie Bush says she definitely will.

“It has inspired me to share it with the Germantown-Schnitzelburg community where I am a resident. It is very attainable and it’s something I know that the community would embrace,” she says.

After the unveiling of the mower, Councilwoman Ward-Pugh took the piece of equipment on its maiden voyage.

Fischer waved a checkered flag to signal Ward-Pugh to start the mowing. Unfortunately, the demonstration ended abruptly when the councilwoman crashed into a raised garden bed.

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Nothing was damaged in the accident. Ward-Pugh purchased the mower with approximately $5,000 from her Neighborhood Development Fund.

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