Pittsburgh Housing Authority to hire firm to train residents in landscaping
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The Pittsburgh Housing Authority board voted today to hire a firm to train its residents to cut grass and landscape its properties, for about $1.6 million total over three years.
The firm Pittsburgh Property Maintenance will teach about a dozen residents to maintain the grounds at the authority's many properties and supervise them for as many as three years under the contract.
Authority workers had handled those duties in the past but did not always cut grass at an entire property at one time and were not professional landscapers, managers told the board.
"We are developing a more beautiful look to our properties," said board President Ricky Burgess, also a Pittsburgh councilman, and paying "a $10 an hour rate to residents to give them the skills necessary" to be employed.
First Published June 28, 2012 12:31 am