January 26 – Changes to Statehouse Garbage Tendering Process | State
The Fort Wayne City Council had no problem at its Jan. 25 meeting voting in favor of a bill that would change how the city selects its waste and recycling suppliers.
The bill specifically asked the Indiana General Assembly to change the law so that municipalities could 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 an 86 to 4 vote. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill would change the bidding process for solid waste so that municipalities can use a request for proposals process for garbage and recycling services. Current law requires local governments to enter into contracts with private companies for the collection or disposal of solid waste and requires that such contracts be awarded to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder. The city believes it could better serve its residents if it could use the competitive bidding process for the procurement of solid waste collection and disposal and recycling services instead of a bidding process. lowest, according to a city press release.
The bill that the council approved on Jan. 25 called on the Indiana General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing a request for proposals process for solid waste management services.
In the press release, the city thanked Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, District 81, for leading the House effort. Sen. Justin Busch, R-Fort Wayne, District 16, will be the lead sponsor on the Senate side.
The bill is particularly relevant to the city’s issues with the current waste hauler, Red River Waste Solutions. The Texas company has a history of missed pickups in Fort Wayne and is now in the throes of bankruptcy.
An order amending the special order that deals with the allocation of one-time LIT funds for sidewalks and driveways was held for two weeks to ensure that all changes were properly incorporated into the amended bill.