Residents in Seneca, N.Y., will pay a premium for services provided by their community’s car wash staff, as the town is facing the fallout of a massive car wash disaster that killed three workers and left thousands without homes and businesses.
The workers care workers who clean up and prepare the cars will also see a 5 cent per car wash, and the residents of Seneca must contribute $100 to cover the cost of their care, the town’s director of human resources told CBC News.
Residents of Senecas 2,500 residents will also have to contribute $2.50 to cover their bills for the past year, the director said.
It is expected that residents of all Seneca counties, and their immediate communities, will have to foot the bill for cleaning up after the car wash accident in the coming months.
“We’ve had people come in and tell us that they are being evicted from their homes and that they have no homes,” said Ron Taggart, who is the director of the Seneca Care and Resource Center.
“They are literally losing everything, their cars, their belongings.
We are very concerned about that.”
Residents in a Seneca community have been told to contribute to the cost or they will be evicted, according to the director.
“I am told that many residents in Senecans home have no money left over for a few months and they have to pick up the bill,” Taggar said.
“Some are literally taking a $10 bill and throwing it in the trash.
I have heard from residents who have lost their homes because they are not able to cover those costs.”
The Seneca care workers were the first to respond to the massive car-wash disaster, which killed two workers and injured dozens more on Oct. 31.
They were working a two-day shift at the time, and were scheduled to return home to their home town of Woodbury on Oct., 31.
Taggard said the community has been asking for more help to cover these costs for years.
“We’ve asked for additional money for years,” he said.
Tregarth is a car wash supervisor for the Town of Woodburys.
Tresters are responsible for preparing and delivering car wash services for Seneca and surrounding communities, according the town.
The town, which sits on the Connecticut River in a region where many residents live near water, is home to about 700 people.
The city is expected to receive up to $10 million from the state for a $1 million car wash reconstruction project that is set to begin in December.
The Senecascan Department of Human Resources is also responsible for the care of SenECA residents.
The state has a $50 million carwash project on the horizon, but that project is still under development.
Residents are also concerned about their car wash bills and about their health, Taggarth said.
The director has been trying to get some answers from the town, and he said he is frustrated by the lack of progress.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he told CBC.
“It is time for the people of Senocas people to come forward and say, ‘Please help us pay for this, because we need to have the services we need.'”