Curbside pick-up of recyclables to be discontinued in Warren

It was business as usual at the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, as the group tackled unfinished business from the last meeting.

The Huntington County Solid Waste Council met earlier in the day to accept a contract from Marion Services to collect recycling from each of the communities within Huntington County. The pickup will no longer be house to house, but at selected drop off locations.

Marion Services will start by placing three six-yard dumpsters in Warren, with more to be added if needed.
Last year 61 tons of recyclable materials were collected in Warren.

The council noted that the arrangement with Marion Services and the dumpsters are a temporary fix until Nature's Fuel builds its plant.

After the plant gets up and running, there will be one drop off location at the landfill.

The company has a tentative groundbreaking date of early spring.

A motion to exercise a one-year extension of the town's contract with Marion services, with an amendment to drop the curbside pick-up option, was approved by the board.

Mark Wickersham, of HCUED made a presentation to the board in an effort to renew Warren's contract with the organization.

According to Wickersham, even with tough economic times, in the last two years, roughly $62 million in capital has been committed to economic development by 19 different companies within Huntington County.

He also told the group of a couple new partnerships with Fogwell Manufacturing of Allen County, who will be moving its plant to Riverforks Park, in Huntington as well as Onward Manufacturing Company's commitment to create 300 jobs within the county.

"The update I received over Labor Day weekend was that there were about 30 employees," Wickersham stated. "At last count, they are up to 170 employees."

After his report, the board voted to approve the renewal of Warren's contract with HCUED.

A motion was moved and seconded to adopt the Ordinance 2009-9, with deals with the amendment of zoning fees.

In new business, the council approved a motion to stay with Outcome LLC, which handles CDL testing for town employees.

Warren's previous contract with Outcome LLC was through Region 8, which recently went with another company. The board approved an amendment of the contract to deal directly with Outcome, staying at the current rates.

The Town of Warren currently has one CDL driver.
Other items on the agenda included the approval of $2,900 in miscellaneous items for the recently purchased fire truck and a report on the completion of the Wayne St. sewer extension.

The council will next meet on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m.
Town offices and utilities will be closed Dec. 23 to 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.