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Councilman wants Red River Waste to hire trash tracker

Councilman Russ Jehl has been critical of the city's trash collector since Red River began picking it up in Fort Wayne last year.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 10:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A Fort Wayne city councilman wants Red River Waste to pay for a new position.

Councilman Russ Jehl has been critical of the city's trash collector since Red River began picking it up in Fort Wayne last year. Thousands of people were regularly missed for most of the year.

Since new trash routes were put in place in November, misses have dramatically gone down. The company was fined $1.2 million for misses.

Jehl wants to use those fines to pay for a temporary part-time position to handle complaints that are still coming in.

Council members will have a chance to sign a letter to the solid waste department requesting the position. The decision to hire someone will be left up to that department.

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