Athens hires sidewalk scrubber to clean ‘years of dirt’

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.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1J21u4G ) 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.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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