It\u2019s not often that the first topic in a state of the city speech is bird droppings, but such was the case Thursday, Aug. 2, as Mayor Ben Blake told his audience that Canada geese are despoiling much of the city, particularly the downtown business district. \u201cOne great big obstacle amidst our flock of successes is the Canada goose,\u201d Blake, a Democrat, told a crowd of about 100 business leaders at the Milford Yacht Club for the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. \u201cMy office receives more feedback about goose poop than just about any other matter of city business.\u201d He said that City Hall was just about at wit\u2019s end over the influx of the non-migratory Canada goose. \u201cAs unbelievable as it sounds, one of Milford's greatest problems is the challenge we face from Canada Geese which are wreaking havoc in our parks and public spaces,\u201d Blake said. \u201cI'm ready to call President Trump and ask that he refocus priorities from building a wall between the United States and Mexico, and instead look to our northern border and build a wall to keep out the Canada geese.\u201d Part of the problem stems from one of Milford\u2019s successes, Blake said. The city has just completed a long and expensive dredging project involving three downtown ponds in which 15,000 cubic yards of muck was hauled away; much of that sediment was in the form of goose excrement, officials say. But, aside from that headache, the mayor said that the city was \u201cflying high\u201d and has seen advancements in its grand list in recent years, and approved tax cuts \u2014 albeit small ones \u2014 for three consecutive years. \u201dWe've grown our tax base to over $6.7 billion, and we now have the largest grand list in New Haven County and one of the top ones in the state,\u201d he said. \u201dOur taxpayers have now experienced back-to-back-to-back tax cuts, three consecutive decreases \u2014 no other town in the state can boast this experience.\u201d But Anthony Giannattasio, a Republican alderman from District 1, said that the tax cuts were largely the result of cost-savings that those on his side of the aisle put forth. \u201cWe\u2019re the ones the came up with those spending cuts,\u201d said Giannattasio, who is also a candidate for the 14th District State Senate seat. Blake also said the city is moving forward to create an under- and above-ground parking facility downtown where the Corner Convenience store used to be \u2014 325 spaces in all. A small supermarket would also be on that site, too, he said, according to the plan being considered by City Hall. The added parking would \u201chelp buoy the shops and restaurants in the center of town,\u201d he said.