Akron is looking to provide more jobs to its residents through the $800 million combined sewer overflow (CSO) projects mandated by the federal government.
At-large Councilman Jeff Fusco tells AkronNewsNow.com that the city is paying for the project and can hire its own residents.
"We want to make sure the CSO contractors are committed to hiring more residents from Akron," he said.
Council introduced three pieces of legislation during Monday night's meeting relating to the much talked about sewer projects.
Fusco says with the projects coming down the pike very soon, the city had to move quickly to make sure Akron residents get their fair share of these construction jobs.
Ward 5 Councilman Ken Jones spoke about another resolution seeking to keep Akron residents employed.
"We've enabled the city to give $25,000 to be used as seed money to basically have a program to train residents-specifically minorities to obtain their CDL's."
Jones says the program will provide the education and training necessary to not only obtain their CDL's (Commercial Drivers License) but also give the green light to Akron residents looking to be involved in the CSO projects.
Councilman Fusco says the city has dozens of good contractors, but some may try to take shortcuts.
"Unfortunately though just like anything or any industry out there, there's some that may avoid trying to pay taxes or take an easy way out."