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HOMELESS ISSUE: city's new biohazard team cleaning human feces, 40 requests so far

Crews cleaning feces to address homelessness
Posted at 5:50 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 20:50:42-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --- — A two-man is serving the Bakersfield community in a way, most people probably won't.

Jordan Barker and his partner have been busy since the city of Bakersfield contracted with them on Monday to specifically clean up human feces in downtown and Old Town Kern areas.

ADR Services has received over 40 requests for cleanups so far, but were only able to respond to half of them due to boundaries the city has imposed.

The city is paying the crew $90,000 during their 90-day trial period, which is being used for employee salaries, equipment and fuel, according to the business.

Council member Andrae Gonzales, Ward 2, says they are monitoring the efficacy of the crew to gauge what more is needed.

Gonzales says the city may expand the boundaries and add additional crews depending on results and requests.