Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

Mayor Graham Richard and City Controller Deanna Wilkirson announced that the City's financial condition is strong. In contrast to the trend of serious financial problems in the state and federal governments, the City's finances are sound.

The City has accumulated a cash balance of $17.4 million (for the property tax supported funds). During the Richard administration the cash balance has increased by $7.6 million.

By employing strict financial management tools, we have not only been able to...

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As you are probably aware, City Council is moving 'forward' towards a vote on redistricting the 6 current council districts. There doesn't seem to be any serious interest by a majority of council members, regarding adding 2 more council members (this had previously been discussed as an option and made sense to me). A public hearing regarding the various alternative plans is being held this week. Every option I've seen to date keeps Waynedale and Indian Village in a single district. At the...

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Every now and then, someone suggests extending our office hours to help the indigent population during nighttime and weekend emergencies. If implemented, this plan would result in higher administrative costs (salaries, security, etc.), which is something that I would like to avoid, if at all possible. However, the mission to help people whose emergencies don't strike during normal business hours is a heartfelt and important one to pursue. With a lot of hard work and community collaboration...

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Next issue, we'll talk about the end of the Special Legislative Session, what was accomplished, and what was not. This issue, I have two subjects to discuss: the recent terrible storm that hit Fort Wayne, and cruise ships. First, the storm.

You read about areas in the country, such as Missouri or Minnesota, that get rainfall by the buckets for several hours at a time, but somehow, it never really hits the Fort Wayne area like that. At least, not until the evening of June 26th.

I happen to...

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The City recently experienced a major storm event that caused some major damage throughout our City. The south and central parts of our City were hit hardest. Our Water Pollution Control Department received over 350 calls from residents who were experiencing water in their basements. The manager of that department said it was probably the worst storm situation he has had to deal with in 15 years.

I am proud of the way City workers dealt with this very intense storm. We had immediate response...

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Having spent much of my weekend cleaning out my flooded basement, I can't avoid reflecting on the recent storm of Wednesday, June 26. As you have probably heard, that storm is considered a "50-year storm" and definitely hit several areas of Ft. Wayne very hard. Eight inches of rain were dumped in the Time Corners area in a couple of hours. The rain wasn't quite as heavy in the "Waynedale News" area but high winds knocked out AEP electrical lines and lots of homeowners and some businesses in the...

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