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.

We're all aware of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina earlier this month. Since that disaster struck there has been a tremendous outpouring of support from the citizens of Fort Wayne and northern Indiana. We live near major rivers and are well aware of how much misery flooding can cause—adding to that 100+ mph winds is obviously a recipe for lots of suffering down south. Congratulations to local churches, local government, public service organizations, and all of the individual citizens who...

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I want to salute our entire community for the outpouring of local support and generosity following Hurricane Katrina. The American Red Cross, the YWCA, United Way of Allen County, Salvation Army, our faith-based community, and other social service agencies have put forth a great team effort to assist with relief efforts. It's great to live in a community that cares for others in need.

The events of the past few weeks have made us aware once again at the local level of the importance of...

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Thankful

 

As Wayne Township Trustee, it is my job to address the needs of those less fortunate and to be a good steward of your tax dollar. Everyday I see individuals struggling to make ends meet. I see victims of domestic violence and families torn apart by substance abuse. I see those who are uneducated, unemployed and many who are simply physically unable to work. I know you have noticed how everything is more expensive these days. Forget the cost of living; the cost of existence is...

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The readers of this column have long suffered from having to hear about the Long family vacations all around the United States. You've heard about our trip to the southwest in 1999, our visit to Gettysburg and New York City in 2000, our trip to the Pacific northwest, including British Columbia, in 2001, our visit to Washington DC, Williamsburg, and the North Carolina/Great Smoky Mountains in 2002. From there, we spent our 2003 vacation driving all over Wyoming, including visits to Yellowstone...

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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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