VAN WERT — Van Wert’s City Council meeting had a full house on Monday
evening as the city’s trash haulers showed up to discuss the city’s
About 30 people attended the Health, Safety and
Service Committee meeting prior to the regular meeting to voice concerns
that blame is being put on the trash haulers when the real issue is
with individuals in the city who are not taking their trash to the curb
or paying for trash services and instead putting it in a building or
letting it build up around their homes.
“I think we’re all in
agreement that we want to beautify the city,” Jeff Kreischer, a trash
hauler in the city, said noting that he thinks that the first step is to
enforce the city ordinances that deal with junk on residents’
The discussion of the trash issue began months ago
when City Council began voting on an ordinance to coordinate the trash
pickup schedule with the recycling pickup schedule. The ordinance was
rejected on its third and final vote with City Council members noting
that they believed there could be a better solution to organize the
trash pickup schedule that wouldn’t hamper new trash hauling businesses
from starting up.
Later in the meeting in Monday Britt Menchhofer,
the environmental health director with the Van Wert County Health
Department, noted the problems that she sees in the county and city
because of the trash.
“It is a hazard,” she said. “Those places where the trash is in buildings, there’s rats, there’s mice, there’s cockroaches.”
discussion will continue to allow for all comments from the public at 5
p.m. Monday, March 20, in City Council Chambers at 515 E. Main St.
tension continued to be high as City Council moved into another
committee meeting, Economic Development, where Van Wert Area Economic
Development Corporation Director Stacy Adam presented on consolidating
the City and County Revolving Loan Funds.
Adam explained that the
consolidation would streamline the process of approving Revolving Loans
and City Council members seemed to agree that would be in the best
interest of all parties.
City Auditor Martha Balyeat, however, did
not like the idea of the City losing control of the fund, even though
two City representatives sit on the board for the Revolving Loan Fund.
“Once it’s gone it’s gone forever,” Balyeat said concerning the City’s control of the fund.
“My main point, though, is a loan made outside the city limits is no direct benefit to the City of Van Wert,” she said.
Council member Ken Markward questioned her on that, though, stating
that a person working at the business that benefits from the Revolving
Loan Fund may live in the City of Van Wert which means the City will
benefit from the income tax.
In other business, City Council heard
a presentation from Kim Bruns, area manager for Liberty Mobility, a
transportation service that is offering its services to the Van Wert
area. The service is for anyone to use and the drivers can decide if
they want to accept giving rides to places as far as Fort Wayne Airport,
Currently rides must be requested through an app which can
be found in the Google Play Store or the iPhone App Store, but a call
center is anticipated to launch on April 4.
Rides are about a
dollar per mile with a $4 minimum and $1.25 booking fee. Drivers are all
local people who receive 80 percent of the ride fare.
Mobility is trying to answer a need in this rural community for those
who need transportation to work, appointments and more.
during the meeting, City Council approved a resolution stating its
opposition to centralized business tax collections proposed by the
The next City Council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. March 27.