The Wayne Township Trustee Office has been hard at work helping assure that all families can enjoy a happy holiday this year. Earlier this month we distributed cheer to over 40 needy families who came to our office to pick up gifts donated through the Allen County Christmas Bureau. It was such fun
I wrote this article for The Waynedale News’ Christmas edition ten years ago, but I think it’s worth another turn around the block. This is a story that truly puts me in the holiday mood.
For those of you who have not read or heard of the book/poem “A Cup of Christmas Tea” by Tom Hegg, you’re
I recently joined Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll to provide an update on the 2016 capital improvement projects in our parks and facilities operated by the Parks & Recreation Department.
Over 60 projects were started and completed in 2016 and more than 30 projects are still in progress
Over the last decade, Indiana has emerged as a national leader in fiscal management and economic growth. We take pride in our common-sense budgeting and economic policies that attract top businesses who hire hard-working Hoosiers.
Our record for maintaining a balanced budget has helped Indiana hold
The Legacy Joint Funding Committee recently approved a request of $10 million in Legacy funding to assist with the construction investment for the first phase of riverfront development.
The nine-member committee is responsible for reviewing requests for Legacy funding. The committee is comprised of
At this time of year many of you are thinking more about doing for others—with shopping, decorating, baking—than about attending to yourselves. I would like to revisit a past column on this subject, because I think it’s important to remind everyone to keep tabs on your personal well-being as
It was recently announced that City of Fort Wayne Director of Public Safety Rusty York will retire effective December 1.
Rusty has served as director of public safety since January 2014. He served as police chief from 2000-2014. Rusty has 39 years of public safety experience.
As director of public safety
Some years ago I had the opportunity to become a foster parent to four young children, three of whom were still in diapers. Before they could come home with us, my wife and I were required by Child Protective Services to take a First Aid/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) course that taught us what
The Indiana General Assembly will convene for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session on Tuesday, November 22 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
“Organization Day,” as it is commonly referred to, gives new and returning legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff
The 2017 session of the General Assembly in Indiana is quickly approaching. This session is usually described as a “long session”. The Bi-annual budget for the state is crafted during a long session. In 2015 (the last budget cycle) the State of Indiana passed a $31 billion bi-annual
As Americans, it is important to honor our military service men and women who have made great sacrifices to defend our country’s freedom.
While we owe this debt of gratitude each and every day, Veterans Day provides a special opportunity each year to show our support for those individuals who have
I’m encouraged by the beginning of construction on the $40 million Skyline Tower project in downtown Fort Wayne. The mixed-use development, led by Great Lakes Capital, a real estate private equity firm with offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend, features apartments and office and retail space along
On October 21 the Wayne Township Trustee Office participated in the annual Stand Down event held at the Volunteers of America-Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne. It was a crisp fall day and a little cold working our booth outside and under a tent, but it was a
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently announced the official launch of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship for high-achieving students pursuing a career in education.
This scholarship program was established by House Enrolled Act 1002, which passed with my support during
The Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) is taking proactive steps to address chronic problem properties (CPP) in the City of Fort Wayne.
A new ordinance has been introduced that would help public safety personnel reduce repeat nuisance calls for service at problem properties. The effort is designed
We’ve had some beautiful October days here in Wayne Township, but we all know that cold, winter weather will be coming soon. And, with that comes an increase in utility bills due to the cost of heating our homes. One of our most important functions here at the trustee’s office is to help eligible
For October our Employee of the Month here at the Wayne Township Office is Patsy Brewer. She is an executive secretary who has also been running our Clothing Emporium for the past five years. Below is an excerpt of a Waynedale News article I wrote in February 2015 about our clothing bank and about
The balanced budget continues my administration’s commitment to providing needed services to residents, neighborhoods and businesses. The budget also reflects Fort Wayne’s position as a leader in economic development opportunities, job growth, strong neighborhoods and quality of life amenities
It’s never too early for high school students to start planning for what they want to do after graduation, whether its entering the workforce, joining the military, or enrolling in a technical or traditional four-year college or university.
If students decide that continuing their education is the
Each year, state and federal public safety agencies designate September as Preparedness Month – a time set aside to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for unexpected emergencies and natural disasters.
While no one anticipates having to face a disaster situation, we only have to
Public safety continues to be a top priority of my administration as we’re committed to being the safest city possible for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses.
Fall is just a few days away now, but I felt the season change some weeks back when I heard the first crickets chirping as I left for work one morning. We may have a changing climate to worry about, but it’s comforting to see and hear those little signs in nature that remain the same from one year
The Indiana State Senate provides hands-on internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates with an interest in government, public policy and the legislative process.
A variety of full-time paid internship opportunities are available for the 2017 session of the General Assembly in
Last month my office took part in a Community Health Assessment and Group Survey. Jered and Becca from Purdue University came to our office, took a tour and asked questions about the healthy habits of our workplace.
They wanted to know about the nutrition of the food and beverages in our vending machines
Fort Wayne continues to be a place people are talking about. We’re experiencing momentum and investment in our downtown and neighborhoods like never before.
The Legacy fund is assisting us in our efforts to be a point of destination and a national leader in creating and retaining jobs and providing