Councilman Jehl proposes trash refund

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 6:00 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The transition from Red River to GFL is set to take place this week, but City Councilman Russ Jehl is calling for you to get a refund after so many Red River missed pickups.

Jehl is calling for the city of Fort Wayne to not pay Red River the full amount of their bill for the last month of service. He wants the city to take the leftover money and issue a refund to customers.

His resolution calls for the city law department to make the final call as to how much Red River should be paid. Jehl wants the city to pay roughly half of the normal amount. He argues that a missed pickup is the same as no service at all. Jehl feels that now is the perfect time to demand, in his words, “justice” from Red River. Before, officials were concerned that Red River would stop providing service if the city withheld payment. After Friday, that won’t be a problem.

Before Jehl’s press conference, the mayor’s office said they hadn’t reviewed the resolution and emphasized they’re focused on the transition to GFL at the end of the week.

The mayor’s office also told us in a statement that in regards to the GFL rate hike, they will “work with city council on providing some type of relief with no monthly increases for a period of time... this wouldn’t be in the form of a refund.” Officials also noted that the transition agreement approved by the bankruptcy court “cannot be deviated from.”

We’ll continue to bring you updates on the trash transition as pickup services go from Red River to GFL at the end of the week.

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