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.

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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Every year, the Indiana Township Association (ITA) organizes the Metro Conference, which provides educational workshops and opportunities for exchanging information. The ITA planning committee, which I was a member of, decided to move the conference around to various cities instead of always having them in Indianapolis. I'm pleased to announce that the Metro Conference (a 4-day event!) is going to be held in Fort Wayne next week during the Three Rivers Festival. I'm so proud to be able to...

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One of Fort Wayne's most notable assets is our outstanding Parks and Recreation Department. We have 87 parks throughout Fort Wayne, and soon that number will increase. One of the larger and more widely used parks in the southwest quadrant of the city is Foster Park.

Fort Wayne is also enjoying an increase in the diversity of our community. We all reap the benefits of having a multi-cultural city, but many of our residents whose native tongue is not English face difficult challenges with...

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