Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 8, 2013

Wabash Valley promises improvement

Galveston officials say they’re trying to resolve trash issue.

By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor

Galveston — Despite assurances from Wabash Valley Refuse that trash collection service problems in Galveston will be corrected, town officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Last month, Galveston town attorney Jeff Stanton said the town currently has an agreement with Wabash Valley, but there are problems, including missed trash pick-up that sometimes involves entire blocks.

Stanton said the town reportedly has a two-year contract with Wabash Valley, but town officials don’t have a copy of the contract.

Currently, the town is paying Wabash Valley a monthly fee of $6,118.75 for trash collection or $73,425 per year.

Phil Meyer, operations manager for Wabash Valley, indicated at the Galveston Town Council meeting Monday that the company has met with town officials.

“We discussed the issues and are correcting the problems,” Meyer said. “A supervisor will come to check that the trash is picked up weekly.”

Meyer said a Galveston resident who works for Wabash Valley will be picking up the trash in the town.

A resident also complained about the company’s trucks leaking oil on the road surface.

“Trucks leaking oil has been resolved,” Meyer said. “It won’t leave the shop.”

Stanton said the town is exploring all the options in terms of the continuing to receive service from Wabash Valley.

“We have asked for copies of a written contract,” he said. “I have contacted their attorney but have not received the contract.”

Stanton said there are a significant number of documented complaints filed with the Galveston Clerk/Treasurer.

“Everything is still on the table,” he said, of possibly terminating the agreement with Wabash Valley.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Kokomo Tribune eEdition, or our print edition