The City of Jacksonville will seek to get its delayed yard waste collection back on track by using $ 4 million in federal funds to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the details of how the money will be used to strengthen the Waste collection would be used were not known to be completed.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking the city council to use a portion of the $ 171 million the city received this year from the American recovery plan that Congress approved earlier this year at the behest of President Joe Biden .
The council’s finance committee took the first step to allocate $ 4 million for waste collection services on Tuesday when it unanimously voted on a list of expenses to be met by American Recovery Plan funds sent to Jacksonville.
City council member Michael Boylan, who is among the council members who has been filing angry complaints from voters for months, said he hoped the Curry government would use the money quickly to improve waste collection.
“I hope Mr. Pappas is already planning how to spend this money,” Boylan said, referring to John Pappas, the public works director, whose division includes the solid waste division.
“We are working on several solutions,” Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Stephanie Burch told Boylan, “and once we have everything sorted out, these funds will be used.”
Corporations across the country have struggled to recruit waste collection staff, and this staff shortage has resulted in waste collection delays in Jacksonville and other cities and counties.
Garden trash has been piling up in Jacksonville for weeks, waiting for a truck and crew to pick it up from the curb. The city has logged thousands of complaints from local residents.
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