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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.

COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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It was certainly good news to hear recently that the parent firm of North American Van Lines will be adding 260 new jobs at its Fort Wayne operation! The national economic picture finally seems to be showing a few signs of recovery. I've said all along, that Fort Wayne and Allen County and the Chamber of Commerce are well prepared through the Economic Development Alliance to land new jobs for our area as soon as the national economic picture brightens a bit and hopefully, that's exactly...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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I would like to thank everyone who attended my recent series of Town Hall Budget Meetings. The information sessions attracted many residents in our community and led to some interesting and important discussions about the City's finances.

As you know, it is my priority to maintain a high level of City services without raising property taxes. I have been able to achieve that goal in each of the past four years. I recently submitted the City's 2004 budget to Fort Wayne City Council. Because...

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THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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The Evolution of Township Government

 

In 1894 the major role of Township Government was fence disputes, livestock replacement, and maintaining the public cemeteries as much as assisting those in need. Our Indiana fore fathers never envisioned the diverse and complex situations that affect townships today. We admire their wisdom in providing our system of local government capable of evolving to meet the needs of the people we serve as well or better than any other form of government. Just...

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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In a past issue, I wrote about the first part of this year's family vacation, which took us through Cody, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. The following recounts the second half of our trip.

From Yellowstone, we drove south a few miles to another great National Park, the Grand Tetons. The Tetons rise straight up out of the lowlands, and are probably the most picturesque mountains in the United States. Our family had a debate over how the mountains received their name. I thought they...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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Congratulations to Elmhurst's football team and Coach Roosevelt Norfleet for their great upset football victory in the team's first game of the season! The team showed great spirit during and after that game. Hopefully, Elmhurst is going to have several more football victories this fall! Good Luck to Elmhurst!

When it comes to athletic events, another Waynedale athletic team has much to brag about this summer! The Avalon Swim and Dive Teams both won championships in the Fort Wayne City...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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In this difficult economy governments and residents alike are faced with many tough decisions. The recession, tax restructuring and reassement have contributed to reduced tax revenues for the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County and the State of Indiana. Fortunately, I knew the City would face these serious financial issues more than two years ago. That is when I began the process of budget cutting and was able to build a $23 million cash surplus. Now, the Allen County Council is holding its...

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