With more than 18 different contracts or programs in place now, Work Services Corporation and its employees are busy in and all around Wichita Falls, and soon they could be even busier.
Work Services Corporation has provided jobs to individuals with disabilities for many years now, but if a new contract is approved by Wichita Falls city councilors Tuesday, it could benefit not only the program but the entire city as well.
From linen folding, paperclip production, even grounds keeping on the list of the many services that WSC offers, they wanted to do something that will benefit the city, as well as fill a pressing need.
“On tomorrows city council meeting, we have an agenda item prepared for the council to consider to enter into a mowing and ground keeping contract with WSC for 18 of the city’s parks,” Deputy City Manager Jim Dockery said.
Which is something Work Services Corporation President David Toogood said they’re excited about.
“When we heard about this, it was a little bit extra special because it’s always good to do work for the community and helping with the city and partnering with them to provide good services,” Toogood said.
The contract includes maintaining 18 smaller parks totaling 97 acres.
Both parties have agreed on the details for the contract, and the next step is to go in front of councilors Tuesday morning for their approval, but they won’t get started immediately.
“WSC will need time to hire the staff. They’ll need to time to maybe purchase some equipment needed to deal with these 18 parks, and we won’t need their services again until growing season starts next year,” Dockery said.
Dockery said not only will this agreement benefit the city but it will also provide jobs for Work Services Corporation clients for years to come.
The proposal will be introduced to city leaders Tuesday morning. Also, the health department will propose to city councilors an emergency measure to combat the distemper outbreak.