Lawrence considers creating own janitorial staff; plan would come with high price tag

City Commissioners are considering ending Lawrence’s contract with its custodial service and establishing its own in-house janitorial staff after a discussion Tuesday about the current contractor paying its workers low wages.

The issue was brought up Tuesday during talks about whether to renew the city’s contract with Topeka-based ISS Facility Services. The contract expires at the end of March. One of the City Commission’s options — and the most costly — was to terminate the agreement and perform janitorial services with internal staff. That option would cost the city about $450,000 more in its first year than what it currently pays annually for contracted employees.

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