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 month I wrote about the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter that we and other Township Trustees are here to help with. In that column I described how we help hungry folks in need of food. This week I want to talk about our Wayne Township Trustee Office Clothing Emporium.

The Clothing Emporium was started when we saw that clients we were sending out to look for work often did not have the right clothes that they needed to succeed in their search. And many times their children...

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Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day when folks celebrate the wonderful nature trails available all over the United States, including Wayne Township and elsewhere in Allen County. Getting out into nature, especially at this time of year, is a real joy. It's peaceful, healthy and fun. Hiking a trail is a great activity for friends and family to do together. Trails provide opportunities for talking, walking, cycling, running, or just quietly enjoying each other's company. Best of all trails...

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A strong education system is one of the most important assets a state can have. Effective K-12 schooling lays the foundation for success in higher education and trade industries. This results in a strong workforce, which helps our economy and Hoosier families thrive.

Indiana allots more than half of the state budget to education, making it one of the most debated topics during budget sessions. This year, legislators will be discussing ways to reward Indiana's best teachers and outline a more...

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I recently announced that the City of Fort Wayne and Domo Development, LLC, based in Indianapolis, have reached a Memorandum of Understanding for a $27 million residential development across from Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

The project, Cityscape Flats, will feature apartments, row houses, a parking garage, and streetscape improvements. The 3.59 acre area is bordered by Ewing Street on the east, Fairfield Avenue on the west, West Jefferson Boulevard on the north, and Brackenridge...

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Every morning I walk through our front lobby and talk with our clients. I like getting to know people, and I hear about the many different circumstances that bring folks through our doors. It never fails to touch my heart. One of the hardest things to hear is when someone tells me that he or she is hungry or that their children or someone else in their family is hungry.

In Indiana the township trustees are charged with helping folks who are struggling to meet one or more of their basic needs...

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Mayor Henry and residents celebrate the completion of the flood control project to protect residents in the Dalevue/Fernwood neighborhood from flooding. ~Photo by rls

Extra flood protection is now in place for residents of the Fernwood Avenue and Dalevue Drive neighborhood in Waynedale. Chronic and repeated flooding has impacted this low-lying area along the Fairfield Ditch since the 1950s. After another flood in the spring of 2013, I went to the neighborhood, met with residents, and took the necessary steps to move flood protection efforts forward.

I recently joined residents of the neighborhood to cut a ceremonial ribbon with sandbags, often used in...

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