Councilman wants the mayor to lay out a plan to address Red River problem

Councilman wants the mayor to lay out a plan to address Red River problem
Councilman wants the mayor to lay out a plan to address Red River problem(WPTA)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:36 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Councilman Russ Jehl wants to hear for the city administration about the city’s trash collection problem.

“What we’ve asked here tonight is for the administration to come talk to the people, talk to council you’re not going to get through this by press releases,” Jehl said.

Jehl says it’s time to hear the city’s plan and whether or not they will bring in a new company to help frustrated customers.

“You can’t just keep going on with business as usual and not tell everyone what’s going on. That creates this perception that nothing is transpiring and really I think we have a crisis of leadership that’s creating a lot of unnecessary cynicism among the rate payers,” Jehl said.

He says he’s tired of the city defending Red River and making excuses for the company. After the company filed for bankruptcy and defaulted on their performance bond with the city and he’s waiting on a change.

“Council’s known that we’ve needed a new garbage provider for three and a half years and to make sure it was an orderly ending and instead the administration continued to call Red River its partners and now however this ends is going to be very disorderly and we’re seeing that now,” Jehl said.

That’s why council plans to introduce a resolution that will try to stop this from happening in other cities. The resolution requests that the general assembly change a state law so cities in the state will not be forced to go with the lowest bidder when looking for a trash company.

“The state would be wise to look at that again so that as other contracts come forward that they can actually pick competent providers not just cheap providers,” Jehl said.

Although that resolution may not help Fort Wayne in the short term, Jehl hopes their trash troubles will be resolved soon.

“Next week will be a wonderful opportunity for the mayor and his administration to begin convincing the rate payer that they should hold out hope,” Jehl said.

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