Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady is pleased to announce that at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 4th, the governing body authorized an Agreement to hire nine temporary workers to assist with necessary clean-up resulting from “Sandy” through the Disaster National Emergency Grant. On Friday, November 29th, Springfield was notified of a grant award in the amount of $140,319 that provides up to $12,000 per worker, with an estimated $3,500 per worker in fringe. The duration of these temporary jobs is limited to six months or 1,040 hours.
Springfield Department of Public Works crews have all been mobilized and are supplemented by contractors that the Township Committee authorized to assist from the beginning of the storm. Mayor Shehady commented, “The Public Works team really has been doing yeoman’s work. They have already collected over 6,000 cubic yards of debris – staggering numbers that overshadow both 2011 storms – and they will continue canvassing the Township which will add a couple thousand more cubic yards to their total. This grant will undoubtedly be a tremendous help.”
Early in November, Springfield quickly responded to the fast-approaching deadline and submitted an application immediately after learning of the availability of the grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the N.J. Department of Labor & Workforce Development. On behalf of the Federal and State Government, the County was selected to administer the grant at the local level.
Participation and hiring is limited to unemployed residents who meet the Disaster National Emergency Grant criteria to assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up and recovery efforts and participants will be hired by Springfield through a Union County “One-Stop Career Center”. Job-seekers should report to a Union County “One-Stop Career Centers”, visit www.Jobs4Jersey.com, or call 1-877-682-6238 or 1-800-233-5005 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.