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.

It is time again for my annual Report to the People speeches, which will be held at various locations throughout the City. The meetings allow me to update you on the progress our City has made in the past year and outline my administration's goals for 2004. Report to the People also gives you the opportunity to share your ideas and concerns with me, as well as ask any questions about City government.

Each of the five Reports to the People will focus on a specific topic. These include...

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Waynedale Resident Inspirational in Additional Heat Aid

 

This past October, an 89 year-old resident of Waynedale sought assistance from the Wayne Township Trustee Office for disconnected gas service. With tears in her eyes, she asked for help because she was cold in her house. This 50-year neighbor of the community had never been disconnected and had always paid the current charges on her bill. How could this be, you might wonder. Let me explain how things actually got worse for...

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As you are reading this, a new initiative to help downtown Ft. Wayne is underway in the State Senate. Senate Bill 180 (SB 180), which I have authored, attempts to strengthen downtown CRED districts (Community Revitalization Enhancement Districts) with the goal of making them even more viable economic development tools for cities.

Last year, Senator Tom Wyss and I rewrote the CRED law to make them downtown oriented, but just for secondclass cities (which are defined as all cities with...

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You've probably been hearing and reading more and more recent media discussion regarding possible reorganization of local government during the coming years. Various ways of reorganizing our outmoded city government within a county government structure have been discussed for decades. With a challenging economy that demands lean government (which doesn't duplicate 90% of services as is currently the situation) and considering the fact that 75-80% of all Allen County residents will soon reside...

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I recently joined Congressman Mark Souder to announce that the City of Fort Wayne was awarded $727,467 in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds from HUD's Supportive Housing Program will fund the City's Continuum of Care Strategy.
The City's Continuum of Care plan will help social service agencies deliver housing and services to meet the needs of homeless individuals as they become self-sufficient and move into stable housing. The plan will also allow the...

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At Wayne Township most people understand our job to be assisting the citizens of Wayne Township with rent, mortgage, utilities, medical, food, and burial needs if they meet our income guidelines due to temporary or emergency conditions. Although this part of our process is very heartwarming, the statutes are set so that there is a fair balance between the citizens paying the tax revenue for assistance, and those receiving it. Only those "most in need" qualify and many people who still need...

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