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.

Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard today presented an update on the City's "Invest Fort Wayne" initiative. The goal, which was launched in February, is $1 billion of private investment in the City over the next three years. Mayor Richard's comments were made at a meeting of the Northeast Indiana Commercial Brokers Property Exchange.

 

Since January 1, 2005, more than $300 million of private investments have been announced. A few highlights include:

*$75 million Verizon fiber-to-the-premises...

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While this is the official "off-season" for the Legislature, in fact, much is occurring. For me personally, I am involved with a number of different study committees, as well as, the varying responsibilities required of leadership.

For example, I am the Chairman of the Indiana Sentencing Policy Review Commission, which is focused on reforming the systems and methods utilized by both state and local prison systems. The need for this review is driven partly by the huge increase in costs...

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The Wayne Township Trustee Office is the local government office entity established to serve the residents of its township in emergency financial situations. Our mission statement is "guardian of the taxpayer, advocate for those in need." The Indiana statutes under which the Wayne Township Trustee's Office operates are very explicit in terms of describing the emergency situations that qualify someone for township assistance. The Indiana statutes, however, are far less explicit in the budgeting...

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There's been quite a bit of public discussion recently regarding the concept of "eminent domain" under which it is possible for our government to require a private property owner to sell his or her land for a fair price if the sale is clearly in the public interest. In our country in which private property rights are a basic foundation I've always thought that eminent domain should only be used when absolutely necessary. I can understand why on rare occasions—for example when building a freeway...

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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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