Fort Wayne City Council had no trouble at its Jan. 25 meeting voting in favor of a bill that would change the way the city selects its trash and recycling providers.

The bill specifically asked the Indiana General Assembly to change the law so municipalities would be able to use a request for proposals process for garbage and recycling services.

But the General Assembly was already on it. That same day House Bill 1286 passed in Indianapolis with a vote of 86-4. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The bill would allow for changes to the solid waste bidding process so that municipalities would be able to use a request for proposals process for garbage and recycling services. Current law requires local governments to contract with private companies for the collection or disposal of solid waste and requires such contracts to be awarded to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder. The city believes it could better serve its residents if it could use the requests for proposal bid process in its procurement of solid waste and recycling collection and disposal services instead of a lowest bid process, according to a city news release.

The bill that council approved Jan. 25 asked the Indiana General Assembly to enact a law to allow for a request for proposals process for solid waste services.

In the news release the city thanked Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, District 81, for leading the effort in the House. Sen. Justin Busch, R-Fort Wayne, District 16, will be the lead sponsor on the Senate side.

The bill is especially relevant concerning the city’s troubles with the current waste-hauling company, Red River Waste Solutions. The Texas company has a history of missed pickups in Fort Wayne and now is embroiled in a bankruptcy.

In other business:

An ordinance amending the special ordinance that deals with the allocation of non-revolving LIT funds for sidewalks and alleys was held for two weeks so all the changes would be accurately incorporated into the amended bill.

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