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.

Two recent meetings of the Park Board have considered upgrades to Foster Park—an important element in the lives of many "Waynedale News" area residents and all citizens of Fort Wayne. The Park Department has received many comments regarding the roadway into the park. The road surface is deteriorating, drivers speed and also pull off the edge of the roadway damaging park property and endangering park users, and police officers are having to repeatedly deal with drivers who "double park" in the...

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Dear Waynedale Readers,

 

"The more things change, the more they remain the same" is as true today as it was years ago when philosophers first made the observation. While the City of Fort Wayne has announced some new faces in the Mayor's Office, the commitment that my administration has to doing the basics well to make this a better city is the same. We must strive to be a Safe City, we must maintain the best service standards possible within our departments, and we must create job...

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The Cost Effectiveness Of Accountability

 

Lately, Government reorganization has been a hot topic in the community. Township's have been subject to unfair criticism that neglects to understand the importance of a complete and thorough examination of applicant financial needs. The criticism that Townships are not a cost effective form of government compared to other agencies that provide assistance sadly overlook the effectiveness of its role in government assistance programs. Townships are...

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The upcoming primary election will see several very interesting local races for county office. By far the most compelling to me, because of its influence and long-term consequences for Allen County government, is the County Commissioner's race. Commissioner Ed Rousseau has decided to retire after three decades of hard working, effective public service to our area. Part of Ed's reason for quitting now is no doubt influenced by his ongoing bout with cancer, which he has bravely and fiercely...

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You're probably aware that a special commission to review emergency medical services was recently appointed by Mayor Graham Richard. The Mayor and City Council members are concerned that the costs of providing EMS services to Fort Wayne's citizens have recently escalated. Costs per EMS run were up 17% between 2001 and 2002. Those who are transported via ambulance by our EMS service pay essentially all the costs—i.e. no significant tax funds are used to support our emergency system. The...

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While my administration and our community leaders have worked hard to achieve the lowest crime rates Fort Wayne has seen in over 20 years, we need to be ever mindful that sexual assault can still occur. Sexual assault crimes affect every member of our community. Educating our citizens and increasing awareness that there is help available for victims and their families is vitally important.

My Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Harassment and its three Task Forces was created to...

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