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.

By the time you read this column the question of whether the planned January 1, 2006 annexation of the Aboite's area will be blocked by the state legislature, may be settled. The city has spent millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements in Aboite and the Indiana Supreme Court signed off on the annexation. Hopefully the cooler heads in Indy will prevail and the annexation, which will be one more step toward unifying our community, will proceed as planned.

The City Council Flood...

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I recently completed my Report to the People sessions. Thanks to each of you who attended and gave me ideas to help build a better city.

A major challenge facing our city is flooding. I have called for action to improve our flooding and stormwater drainage problems. I am proposing a flood plan that may include the construction of flood protection projects on the St. Mary's River, Fairfield Ditch and Spy Run Watershed. We also need a more aggressive flood buyout program. We need to address...

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Every week, as Wayne Township Trustee, I try to provide you with an insider's view of local grassroots government. I have discussed our Workfare Program that requires recipients to perform community service for the assistance they receive. I've also shared the details of our Payee Program, which budgets the federal money given to clients reducing and/or eliminating their need for local tax dollars. I have described our community partnerships, our ministerial outreach...

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Driving through downtown has become a more and more exciting experience recently. The improvements in the Grand Wayne Center and the Allen County Public Library (and its branches) are proceeding at an amazing pace. These projects are a part of a $100 million city and county government and private investment in Fort Wayne's downtown. These projects and others, I believe, help spur increasing private investment in the heart of our city—the downtown. The city is eager to work with any private...

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I have been enjoying my visits with residents during the "Report to the People" sessions. These reports give me a chance to meet with citizens and hear from you about how we can make local government better. Thank you for your input.

I have announced some exciting new initiatives. These programs are designed to help us build a better city to attract new jobs and businesses. My theme this year is innovation and investment. The investments we make to retain and create jobs will help our city...

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Every year the federal government makes funds available to low income households to offset the high cost of winter heating. LIHEAP or Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (or EAP) helps thousands of citizens in Fort Wayne and all over Indiana. The program assists with a one-time payment on heating and electric bills and the prevention of service disconnect from November to mid-March. March 15th marks the end of the Energy Assistance Program's six month's moratorium, which means that...

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