FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne's city council found Red River Waste Solutions in material breach of its contract with the city in a 7-2 vote Tuesday.
Councilman Michael Barranda said the non-binding resolution gives the city's administration the tools necessary to help improve service to the city.
"At the end of the day, people of Fort Wayne demand better service and that's what we tried to do tonight," Barranda said.
The resolution approved Tuesday doesn't change the contract. Red River is still Fort Wayne's trash collector.
"Now we have a breach, it's up to the administration to enforce the terms of the contract anywhere up to termination of the contract or the further assessment of fines," said Barranda.
"Nothing changes for us tomorrow. We have a contractual obligation to go out and pick up everyone's trash this week, next week, seven years from now," said Steve Smith, Red River VP of Business Development.
Red River executives argued they aren't in material breach, which isn't clearly defined in the seven-year contract.
However, Red River Vice President of Business Development admitted Tuesday the service currently doesn't meet their standards.,
"This is not performance we expect," Smith said.
Council members said they hope this sends Red River a message, do better.
"Message received and that's what's going to happen," Smith added.
You can check Red River's performance here.
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