The City is taking new steps to address homelessness concerns around Bakersfield, including contracting out for human waste cleanup and private security patrols.
Council approved the contracts at the September 25 meeting, authorizing staff to finalize a contract with Asela Environmental, Inc. for waste cleanup in Downtown and Old Town Kern, as well as an agreement with Trans-West Security Services for patrols around the City.
Asela's $90,740 bid includes waste cleanup services for four hours each day, Monday through Friday. The pilot program will run for 90 days, with an option for the City to extend that deal for two more three-month periods. The start date has not yet been set.
The agreement with Trans-West is for $86,856.32 and includes providing up to four uniformed security officers for eight hours a day, seven days a week. The officers will be directed by the Bakersfield Police Department to patrol throughout the City, specifically in areas most-recently affected by recent property crimes and quality of life issues. A start date has yet to be determined.
Like the cleanup contract, this pilot program will also run for 90 days with options to extend for two more three-month periods.
The steps, along with a $155,000 contribution to the Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative, were funded by money raised by the Public Safety & Vital Services tax measure passed by voters in November 2018.
The City continues to work toward fully addressing the homelessness issue and concerns from residents through a three-part action plan: