A combination of legislation and resolutions approved by Council Monday evening guarantee that Akron residents will be first-in-line for jobs created by the city’s $800 million sewer rebuilding project. Two resolutions offered by Mayor Don Plusquellic, Council President Garry Moneypenny and Council Representative At Large Jeff Fusco institute local hiring standards for contractors and subcontractors working on the project. “This is an unfunded project being forced upon us by the federal government. Since Akron resident have to pay for it, we want to ensure that Akron residents also get the lion’s share of the jobs created by it,” said Fusco. Other related legislation passed by Council created a Commercial Driver’s License training program to teach residents how to drive dump trucks. Hundreds of dumps will be needed to move dirt from the massive storage basins that are part of the project.
July 22, 2013 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.