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Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00 am

Public mute on dissolving solid waste district

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

No one spoke at a public hearing Friday as the Allen County commissioners prepare to dissolve the Allen County Solid Waste Management District and make it a county department.

The move follows a law the Indiana General Assembly passed in 2016 that gives local governments authority to dissolve their solid waste districts, as long as they have some other outlet to handle the district's duties and responsibilities, said Chris Cloud, the commissioners' executive assistant. 

“In essence the plan (the commissioners) have outlined takes the existing district, changes the name and makes it a county department,” Cloud said, calling it a “transition in name, but not necessarily in function.” Nothing in the plan differs from current practice, he said.

In July, the commissioners approved a resolution in favor of the change. The Allen County Council approved a similar resolution in October, Cloud said. 

“What the state requires is that you set out a plan to carry on or have the duties carried on,” Cloud said. Beyond that, the state does not stipulate the manner in which local governments must carry on a solid waste management district's duties. 

At the end of 2017, the Allen County Solid Waste Management District had cash assets of $1,365,034 and capital assets of $1,338,376 with no current debts, Cloud said.

The commissioners will decide whether to formally dissolve the district at a future meeting. Although Commissioner Therese Brown didn't specify when that vote may come, it's possible a decision could be made as early as next week.