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.

The City is considering changes to utility rates. This is not an easy decision, but investments must be made to our infrastructure system. Recommendations will be presented to City Council in October or November.

One proposal calls for an increase to the stormwater fee to reduce the risk of flooding and drainage problems. The current charge is $2.20 per month. The increase could range from $.40 to $1.45. The $1.45 increase would allow City Utilities to make the most improvements. The City...

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Brilliant Young Minds Emerge

 

Six years ago, the Wayne Township Trustee Office began a quest to help area youth with one of their most serious long-term needs —-computer skills. Light heartedly, calling it our MBA not NBA focus, we felt that there were so many local programs that centered around athletics that we wanted to center ours around the needs of our clients' children to have the preparation considered necessary for higher education. You would have thought that there would be a...

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Bernie Beier, Fort Wayne's Director of Homeland Security, recently appeared as a guest on Council Call-in, the City Channel (Cable 58) program hosted at 7 pm the 4th Wednesday of each month by myself and City Councilman Tom Smith. He detailed plans to utilize the recent $1.6 million homeland security grant to Fort Wayne, Allen County, and surrounding counties. These funds will be shared by many departments responsible for homeland security including police/sheriff/health/fire/animal...

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Plans are moving forward for the extension of Ardmore Avenue. Ardmore will be extended to three lanes from Indianapolis to Lower Huntington roads. New traffic signals will be installed in the area. A new water main will be installed and stormwater improvements will be made. This project will improve access to Fort Wayne International Airport and increase economic development opportunities to benefit the community. Bids for the project will be received in mid-September. Construction (utility...

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Township Government: A Model of Accountability

 

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

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I have just been appointed the Chairman of the Forensic Diversion Study Commission, which is charged with the duty to track the ongoing efforts of our local criminal justice system to modernize their dealings with both the mentally ill and drug addicts. This program has the full support of the new Daniels' administration, and will take on greater and greater importance as the key programs in our criminal justice system devolves down from the state level to the local level.

We will be studying...

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