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Gazette and Bulletin: August 5, 1939 – Work Relief Program to Start Monday

Approximately 50 men will start working Monday morning on the Memorial Park cleanup work-relief project, which was sanctioned yesterday by City Council after its presentation by D.I. McNeil, county manager of the work relief program. The work will be staggered among the workers during the week and is expected to be completed in time for

Approximately 50 men will start working Monday morning on the Memorial Park cleanup work-relief project, which was sanctioned yesterday by City Council after its presentation by D.I. McNeil, county manager of the work relief program.

The work will be staggered among the workers during the week and is expected to be completed in time for the state American Legion convention.

Approval was also given a proposed work-relief project, which will provide work for nine men on a City Hall painting job. Work on this project will also begin Monday.

The two projects will constitute the first application of the Pierson “no work, no dole” Act in this county. Assignments were mailed yesterday to those selected from the Department of Public Assistance rolls to work on the projects. Refusal to accept the work will automatically cut employables from the relief lists.

Herbert H. Ertel, county DPA supervisor, said yesterday that several other projects are under consideration. Letters were mailed to eligible agencies notifying them of the availability of the Pierson Act employables and a favorable response has been received.

Harry E. Kempf, director of city parks and public properties under whose department the Memorial Park job will fall, declared that consideration is being given to other city projects that may be attempted under this new program.

The dismissal of three temporary typists today who have have been employed in the DPA offices was announced by Mr. Ertel.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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