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.

Recently some significant improvements have been initiated in the Dalevue neighborhood in response to neighborhood concerns. Thanks to Tom Pallone and his colleagues in Fort Wayne's Storm Water Division for their quick action to upgrade the storm water collection system in that neighborhood. Street lights are also being added under the direction of Al Lichtsinn of Street Light Engineering to enhance safety in the Dalevue area.

Additional flood protection improvements have also been made in the...

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City Council is currently reviewing the 2006 city budget that my administration presented last week. We are working to protect taxpayers and continue our commitment of fiscal responsibility. We proposed a balanced budget that meets the needs of our community and will result in a high performance government for you.

We have an action plan to reduce costs. My leadership team and I will forego a pay raise in 2006. The leadership team will have the opportunity to earn performance-related...

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Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard today presented an update on the City's "Invest Fort Wayne" initiative. The goal, which was launched in February, is $1 billion of private investment in the City over the next three years. Mayor Richard's comments were made at a meeting of the Northeast Indiana Commercial Brokers Property Exchange.

 

Since January 1, 2005, more than $300 million of private investments have been announced. A few highlights include:

*$75 million Verizon fiber-to-the-premises...

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While this is the official "off-season" for the Legislature, in fact, much is occurring. For me personally, I am involved with a number of different study committees, as well as, the varying responsibilities required of leadership.

For example, I am the Chairman of the Indiana Sentencing Policy Review Commission, which is focused on reforming the systems and methods utilized by both state and local prison systems. The need for this review is driven partly by the huge increase in costs...

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The Wayne Township Trustee Office is the local government office entity established to serve the residents of its township in emergency financial situations. Our mission statement is "guardian of the taxpayer, advocate for those in need." The Indiana statutes under which the Wayne Township Trustee's Office operates are very explicit in terms of describing the emergency situations that qualify someone for township assistance. The Indiana statutes, however, are far less explicit in the budgeting...

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There's been quite a bit of public discussion recently regarding the concept of "eminent domain" under which it is possible for our government to require a private property owner to sell his or her land for a fair price if the sale is clearly in the public interest. In our country in which private property rights are a basic foundation I've always thought that eminent domain should only be used when absolutely necessary. I can understand why on rare occasions—for example when building a freeway...

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