Fort Wayne City Council holds Red River in breach of contract

(Darrin Wright/1190 WOWO 107.5 FM)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Fort Wayne City Council found the city’s trash collection contractor in breach of contract Tuesday night.

The Council’s vote on a nonbinding resolution from Councilman Russ Jehl comes as the latest chapter in ongoing troubles for Red River Waste Solutions.

The City has received thousands of complaints of missed pickups and property damage since the company took over the city’s trash services on January 1st, and has been fined more than $157,000 by the city so far this year.

The resolution gives Mayor Tom Henry the authority to look for a replacement contractor, but he said last week on Fort Wayne’s Morning News he’s not ready to give up on the company just yet.

Also, a proposal to get rid of Allen County’s business personal property tax died at the hands of the Council last night.

Councilman Jason Arp’s proposal to get rid of the new equipment tax that he says is a “burden” on local businesses failed in a 6-3 vote, with only Arp, Paul Ensley, and Russ Jehl voting in favor of it.

The idea was strongly opposed by a number of taxing bodies in and around Fort Wayne, including Allen County government, the Fort Wayne Fire Department, practically all area schools, and the Allen County Public Library, who all argued the proposal would’ve cost them millions of dollars a year.

It was the third time Arp has tried to get the idea passed.


  1. GOOD FOR YOU ARP!!! Thanks for doing what you said you would…that’s why we voted for you! Don’t worry if you can’t get it done; we’re paying attention out here.

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