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.

Last year, we kicked off our plan to expand the Workfare Program. The first step was to inform the directors and staff of not-for-profit agencies about the program, and how they can benefit from becoming a partner with us. We hosted an orientation workshop to explain the program and answer questions. For those who are unfamiliar with our Workfare Program, certain clients who receive assistance are required to participate by performing a variety of services at local not-for-profit...

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At the request of the Fort Wayne Animal Control Shelter and the Fort Wayne Police Department, I have introduced legislation to deal with a growing problem in our community and in our state: Dog fighting contests. For whatever reason, the popularity of dog fighting has increased in recent years. These contests, and the brutal manner in which dogs are trained to become killers, are considered by the American Human Society to be the cruelest treatment humans can impose upon a dog.

Not only are...

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I'd like to take this time to make a couple of announcements concerning the Twenty-first Century Scholars program that we host here at Wayne Township. The first announcement is the departure of a long-time employee, Mrs. Juanita Mejia-Goodwell. She was our Program Coordinator for the Northeast Indiana Twenty-first Century Scholars Support Program. She accepted a position that will allow her to continue to do what she loves, while providing excellent opportunities and adventure. I would like...

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Hopefully the weather will be as mild on the day you read this as it is on the day I'm putting these words on paper! I heard that the recent weather trends are on the verge of breaking a record that goes back almost a century. I hope we get a bit more snow this winter for the snow lovers, but the low utility bills and sun belt-like climate would be easy to get used to!

Effort continues to bring rail service back to Fort Wayne. If projected plans become reality the U.S. will be blanketed by a...

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I decided this year to change the format of the annual State of the City address to make it more accessible to residents.

Traditionally, the State of the City was held at the Grand Wayne Center on a weekday afternoon. It cost attendees $25. This year, I will give the Report to the People at more than 10 locations throughout the community. The sites will be chosen so that citizens will have access to one of the events. Specific dates, times and locations will be announced as soon as they are...

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I have introduced what I consider to be an important piece of legislation this Session. It proposes to modernize Indiana's eight-year old law known as "Zachary's Law", which deals with the maintenance of a list of convicted sex offenders. The current law requires a local law enforcement agency, either the city police or the Sheriff, to maintain a list of convicted sex offenders that reside within their community. Presumably, this provides satisfactory information to the public about such...

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