Wapakoneta's greatest hits highlight council meet

Deb Zwez

It was a night of the city’s greatest hits Monday, when Wapakoneta City Councilors discussed refuse and recycling, sidewalks and errant grass clippings.

Aaron Wright of Wright Refuse attended Monday’s Wapakoneta City Council meeting, bringing with him with a 35-gallon tote to show what a smaller option for recyclables would look like. He was invited to address council by Safety-Service Director Chad Scott following the report of council’s committee meeting of the whole, a meeting held earlier this month specifically to discuss the pros and cons of privatizing refuse and recycling collection versus keeping that service in-house.

Friday marks the 30-day deadline the city has to accept or reject the proposals for outsourcing collection, although Scott noted Wright has indicated he will extend that bid option beyond that deadline.

Scott encouraged councilors to act as soon as possible in order to be fair to the company, which would have to purchase an additional truck and order an adequate number of totes for city residents.

As the refuse and recycling debate continues, Councilor Rod Metz reported he has made contact with a representative of the...

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