Solid waste plan heats up council

An ordinance allowing the director of public service and safety to persue bids for the city’s refuse and recycling service didn’t even make it first reading Monday night as councilors voted to table the ordinance.

At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher was the most vocal opponent of the measure.

“I’m unhappy with this ordinance,” Fisher said. “We have a revenue problem and we shouldn’t heap it on the refuse department.”

“What happens at the end of the contract?” he asked, “when we have no trucks or personnel? It would leave us with no alternative but to renew.”

At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber noted the preliminary research she has done on the topic reveals that going out to bid is the last thing you do.

“You set a plan first,” Barber said.

First-ward Councilman James Neumeier said the city needs to look at all its options.

“We put an awful lot of money into refuse and we keep raising rates,” Neumeier said. “We need to look at what else is out there.”

Safety and Service Director Bill Rains said recycling money that is collected by various organizations throughout the year would probably be lost, since a contractor would likely want to keep that revenue stream.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, March 4 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.