Talk of rats, garbage cans, and tree trimming took up much of the Department of Streets and Sanitation budget hearing Wednesday, as well as an overhaul of the city’s recycling rules set to start next year. DSS saw a modest increase in its budget for next year, from $256.2 million in 2016 to $257 million in 2017. This includes funding for a new position, a Senior Policy Analyst, who will basically be a  go between for the department and Springfield, said Commissioner Charles Williams, “Thats currently a vacancy, that’s going to be helping with issues involving ordinances, policies, laws, particularly with Springfield.” 

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