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.

NEW TRAIL OPENED

 

Mayor Graham Richard opened the West Jefferson Trail Project. The new trail links Rockhill and Swinney Parks. The trail begins in Rockhill Park and connects with the Rivergreenway in Swinney Park. Landscaping features include several varieties of tree species and perennial plants. A limestone wall was constructed to identify Rockhill Park, and historical markers were installed to reflect back when the area was part of the Wabash and Erie canals.

"We are pleased that our...

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Fort Wayne's greenway system continues to expand. As you are probably aware, a major extension of the greenway system from Swinney Park to Rockhill Park was recently dedicated. This week I'm planning to spend some time checking out the next proposed link of the greenway from Rockhill Park along the "Junk Ditch" to a point near the intersection of West Jefferson Blvd. and Engle Road. The greenway is a great way to get some exercise and save a few dollars that would have otherwise been spent on...

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The Wayne Township Trustee's Office is a government entity established to provide temporary, emergency, assistance to those in need. Funding for the township comes from the taxpaying citizens of Wayne Township. Our Deputy Director of Accounting and Finance is William Carr an employee of 16 years who asked if he could tell of his experience with Wayne Township and a story of the blessings that it brought to one family. Mr. Carr's department consists of an Assistant Township Clerk...

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On July 12th, the State closed the books for Fiscal Year 2004. According to official figures released by the State Budget Agency, Indiana is expected to have a "surplus", or reserve, of just $300 million dollars on June 30, 2005—the close of the budget cycle we have just begun. This means the reserve will have declined by nearly $2 billion since 1998!

The problem is that state spending has been exceeding state revenues for the past several years, and that continues to be the case today. We...

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On Wednesday, August 18, members of our fire, police and emergency service providers were called into action for an incident that closed Fort Wayne International Airport. While most people were still sleeping, these first responders were making decisions to ensure the safety of our community. Ten hours later, the airport reopened, and life returned to normal with a sigh of relief that a major catastrophe had been averted.

As public officials continue the process of debriefing, I want to take...

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I'm concerned about the future of the local VA Hospital. The federal government recently decided to shut down the inpatient beds at the VA. This decision was based at least in part on data regarding current utilization of those inpatient beds. For years veterans have been told not to go to the VA emergency room if they are ill and they have been discouraged from utilizing the VA Hospital for inpatient care; that fact has obviously affected the VA's statistics. There are tens of thousands of...

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