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.

No one expects to be impacted by natural or man-made disasters, but when these circumstances occur, it’s vitally important to be prepared. September is Preparedness Month in Indiana, providing Hoosiers an opportunity to be prepared should disaster strike.

Preparedness Month is a statewide effort to raise public awareness about the importance of disaster preparation. Many Indiana agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, and local public safety departments...

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I recently joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department to announce two new initiatives designed to enhance health and public safety in the City of Fort Wayne.

Public Safety Director Rusty York, Fire Chief Eric Lahey, and I visited Fire Station #7 on Lindenwood Avenue to discuss how Narcan and metronomes are assisting fire fighters in providing lifesaving care.

Narcan is an opiate antagonist that helps with the survival rate of heroin overdose victims. Narcan is now available on all fire apparatus...

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While we always try our best to accommodate the needs of everyone who comes through our doors at the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office, we also must follow Indiana Law and our Eligibility Standards which sometimes require us to deny assistance to persons who come to us for help. Recently my staff and I have gotten some questions from persons we had to deny. I want those individuals to know that I understand their frustration, and we would help them if we could.

When an individual is denied...

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Over the past few years, the General Assembly has taken steps to ensure that Indiana’s worst criminals are kept behind bars, and low-level, non-violent offenders have opportunities to get their lives back on track. This multi-year legislative effort was undertaken to address several alarming trends in our state’s criminal justice system.

Recidivism, which is a term used to describe a cycle of incarceration, is extremely costly to state and local communities. The Indiana Department of...

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Public safety is a top priority as we work each day to make sure the City of Fort Wayne is as safe as possible for everyone.

I recently announced the Fort Wayne Fire Department will hire 15 new firefighters. Ten of the new firefighters are a result of the City of Fort Wayne receiving a $1.4 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant from the federal government.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter...

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Labor Day always reminds me of how important it is to a person’s well-being to have a job--not just for the money but for the dignity it gives to their life. So many times here at Wayne Township we see someone who has lost their job, and when they come to us they not only need financial assistance but a friend to help them through a dark and scary time.

Recently a former client shared her story with me about a time in her life when she needed just such a friend. Doranna lost her job during the...

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