ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Athens-Clarke County is paying a new employee $25,000 to scrub years of grimy buildup from the city’s downtown sidewalks.
Media sources report an operator for a sidewalk scrubber the city purchase in January has been on the job for three weeks. Suki Janssen, director of the city’s solid waste department, says the part-time scrubber operator will work Saturdays and Sundays to clean sidewalks lined with bars, restaurants and other downtown businesses.
Janssen says “it’s going to take a while” to clean sidewalks on some stretches that are stained with “years of dirt and grime.”
The operator uses a machine that scrubs sidewalks with rotating brushes and a mild cleaning solution.