SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - The mayor of Sylvester said Thursday the city will save money by contracting inmates to clean up litter.
Until now, Sylvester's Public Works crews have spent a lot of time cleaning up trash around the city.
Mayor Bill Yearta said the city has come up with an intergovernmental agreement to contract 10 inmates out of Colquitt County to clean up litter.
A guard will accompany the inmates when they start work next month.
Yearta said it's an important step for his community.
"A clean community attracts business, in my opinion, and attracts people that want to live there," the mayor explained. "That's very important to our community that we be attractive, and be a place that people want to live and work and have a business here."
The inmates will pick up litter five days a week.
Yearta said he expects the deal will cost around $35,000 to $40,000 a year, which could be less than the salary for one city employee.