This plan has been in the works for about a year but there's a new twist . . .
KANSAS CITY HOMELESS WILL BE MAKING 15 BUCKS PER HOUR TO PICK UP TRASH!!!
The work is dangerous, physically demanding and 15 bucks isn't really very competitive when you factor what sanitation workers with private companies might earn.
But it's a start.
Nevertheless . . .
A major stumbling block to this feel-good publicity stunt is that, overall, trash pickup on local streets has been degraded over months and years. A worsening homeless crisis has only worsened the situation.
As their term comes to an end and despite a recent ordinance hoping to confront longstanding complaints . . . The current council didn't really do much to improve this aspect of basic city services and one neighborhood after the next has suffered more trash on local streets.
And so . . . We check this latest plan and hope for the best . . .
Kansas City Public Works is also involved, investing $300,000 and working with the local outreach programs.
Parks-Shaw said the money invested into this program will come from tax payer dollars. Those who are recruited will be paid a minimum $15 an hour.
“These are tax dollars that are being utilized to implement this program, but I know we are utilizing tax dollars to address many city issues,” Parks-Shaw said. “The city council has committed $15, and many of the unions and labor all agree starting at $15 is a great start."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new program to clean up streets in Kansas City, Missouri, is also creating work for people experiencing homelessness. On Tuesday, "Clean Up KC" launched. Nearly 1,800 people are without a home on any given night in KCMO, according to the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness .