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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 08, 2018 5:37 pm

Verbatim: Statement from Mayor Henry on garbage and recycling services

The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry issued this statement tonight:

"Earlier this week, the City of Fort Wayne and Red River Waste Solutions began a new map and routing system that’s designed to enhance the garbage and recycling collection process. We’re encouraged with the way the first four collection days have gone. Misses have been reduced and we’ve had significantly fewer calls to our 311 call center.

"I want to thank the residents of Fort Wayne for their continued patience as we work to provide the best garbage and recycling services possible.

"I also want to recognize and thank the members of the Mayor’s Working Group on Garbage and Recycling. They continue to be engaged and certainly care about our community and want what’s best for all residents and neighborhoods.

"We know that many residents have experienced challenges over the past several months. The exploration of a measure of appreciation to our customers is the right thing to do. Therefore, I’m asking the working group to explore various options that might be available to provide possible monetary relief to our solid waste ratepayers. This discussion will be part of their next meeting that will take place later this month. I’m looking forward to the outcome of the meeting and we’ll keep the public informed of next steps.

"By working together, we can make a lasting and meaningful difference as a point of destination city."