City council seeking committee members

Members of the Wapakoneta City Council are looking to appoint local residents to the Waste Minimization Committee for the purpose of developing and maintaining recycling standards in the city.

At the July 7 council meeting, At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber brought the issue up with council members, saying the committee “essentially went defunct” as the terms of former committee members expired.

“Nobody was re-appointed and there was no effort to revive it,” Barber said. “That’s why I brought it up.”

According to Barber, legislation came through council several months ago authorizing Safety Service Director Bill Rains to seek outside bids for refuse and recycling. The idea, she said, was to compare the cost of privatizing the city’s recycling program with how much it currently costs for the city of Wapakoneta. The motion to seek outside bids was eventually tabled, and it was decided that council members would begin seeking appointees to serve on the committee.

Mayor Rodney Metz said having a local, government-run committee is the best way for the city to “control its own destiny” when it comes to recycling.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.