Council to support local hiring for CSO project

July 22, 2013

Three pieces of legislation will be presented to Council tonight relating to future construction projects including the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects. Two resolutions will be presented by Mayor Plusquellic, Council President Garry Moneypenny, and Council Representative Jeff Fusco calling for Council to support hiring local residents in the performance of construction projects, and to support the heightened enforcement of all Akron income tax regulations. “We have been studying legislation from other cities, and meeting with others, for many months,” said Moneypenny.  “Now, because the $8 million Rack 15 project will be bid in August, it is important for Council to express its commitment to the residents of Akron to safeguard their tax dollars and provide them with more job opportunities.” Fusco said, “We have been working very hard to make sure that Akron residents get their fair share of these jobs. We want to make sure that the CSO contractors commit to hiring our residents.” Also, in order to provide more jobs to Akron residents, Mayor Plusquellic and Council members Margo Sommerville and Ken Jones will offer an ordinance authorizing $25,000 to be used towards the implementation of a training program for Akron residents to prepare them for additional job opportunities that will become available as the CSO construction projects proceed. “This program will provide the much needed education and training necessary for citizens to obtain their commercial drivers licenses so that they can participate in the upcoming CSO construction projects,” noted Jones. The city will collaborate with the Akron Urban League and qualified partners in the development of this adult education training program, and seek additional funds from the County of Summit Workforce Development and other private sources.