Duluth hiring four full-time maintenance workers

Duluth Parks and Recreation park supervisor Mike Morrow blows leaves and pine straw at the city's Rogers Bridge Park in late January, 2020. Prior to the pandemic, the city partnered with Gwinnett for inmate labor to assist with these tasks. (AJC FIle Photo by Bita Honarvar)
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Duluth Parks and Recreation park supervisor Mike Morrow blows leaves and pine straw at the city's Rogers Bridge Park in late January, 2020. Prior to the pandemic, the city partnered with Gwinnett for inmate labor to assist with these tasks. (AJC FIle Photo by Bita Honarvar)

Credit: Bita Honarvar

Credit: Bita Honarvar

Prior to the pandemic, Duluth partnered with Gwinnett County for inmate labor to assist the public works department with tasks like trash pickup and grass cutting. Because COVID-19 has eliminated this option, the department has struggled to keep up with these tasks.

As a result, Duluth’s City Manager recently requested approval of $270,000 to hire four full time maintenance workers to cover these duties. The Duluth City Council approved the request at the council’s most recent meeting held Oct. 11.

Salaries and wages for the four positions will total $166,400, $12,800 will cover FICA taxes, group insurance totals $74,200 and retirement/pension represents $16,600 of the total $270,000.