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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 23, 2018

Letter to the editor: Rural waste and recycle collection should continue

Aug 30, 2017

To the editor,

The News reported recently on consideration by Henry County Supervisors to shut down all four rural waste and recycle collection sites. This comes on the recommendation of the contractor collecting the waste.

This discussion should not even be happening.

A contract exists whereby the contractor committed to providing the service. The contract reads, “Mike Prottsman Sanitation shall provide for the collection and disposal of Henry County rural residential solid waste and recyclables generated at the Main Site and four (4) mobile sites.”

This seems awfully clear. There is nothing elsewhere in the contract to counter this language.

According to Mr. Prottsman, as reported in the News, County Attorney Darin Stater told him “eliminating rural sites does not change the contract.”

To be sure, any attorney worth his salt can find wiggle room in contract language even though this language is solid. Where there is no wiggle room is in the spirit of the contract or the agreement between the supervisors and the citizens of rural Jefferson, Wayne, Scott, Trenton, Marion, Canaan, Tippecanoe, New London, Salem, Jackson and Baltimore townships.

Many of these citizens have come to rely on this service and with few exceptions agree it has had a wonderful impact on beautifying rural Henry County and promoting recycling. With each year, illegal dumping decreases and recycling increases.

Mr. Prottsman should be expected to honor his commitment. If he won’t or is unable to do so he should read paragraph nine of the contract. If he has a better idea he should submit it in writing to the supervisors as they prepare solicitations for a new contract in 2018.

Dave Helman, Salem

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