PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo has committed $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for a comprehensive trash plan. This plan was presented by Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar and approved by Pueblo City Council on Monday, Oct. 24.
"This is a much-needed opportunity to clean up our city from the unsightly mess of waste and trash, while utilizing ARPA dollars to employ more individuals in our community to assist with this work," said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. "We will hire a full-time trash removal coordinator, buy the needed supplies needed for the clean-up and begin outreach work to help employ individuals experiencing homelessness."
This project includes clean-up projects in qualified census tracts of the City of Pueblo and provides employment to low-income, unemployed and underemployed individuals who were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to hiring a full-time trash removal coordinator, money has been directed for part-time workers, pickup trucks, a dump trailer, supplies, dumpsters, traffic control, fuel, outreach and professional services for a payroll entity.
"One of the biggest complaints we receive from residents is trash, so what better way to address their concerns than by putting resources into the community to address this need," said Gradisar. “This program is not a substitute for each of us playing our part to keep our city clean but is meant to supplement the effort of individuals to clean up our city.”
Two goals of the program are to provide work opportunities to low-income adults, giving a chance to earn real wages and connecting them to services, while also cleaning up the low-income neighborhoods within the City of Pueblo. The focus for the clean-up areas will be for public properties and right of ways.
The City of Pueblo is currently finalizing the details of the job description for the full-time trash removal coordinator and will have an announcement of the job posting on the website at www.pueblo.us. The trash plan will be overseen by the Pueblo Parks and Recreation department within the City of Pueblo. For more information about the trash program contact 719-553-2790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.