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.

I am pleased to announce my Report to the People sessions for 2005 will start on February 1. These reports give me a chance to meet with citizens and hear from you about how we can make local government better. Your city employees work hard each day to help retain and gain jobs, keep our city safe and enhance customer service. I will also share my vision for how we are building a better city to attract businesses and jobs.

Each Report to the People event will feature a recap of accomplishments...

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The 2005 session began with an explosion of activity in and around the Statehouse. When the General Assembly convened January 4, senators and representatives immediately began working on aggressive proposals to move Indiana in a positive, new direction. Gov. Mitch Daniels already has signed several executive orders to put the wheels of change in motion. Still, it is up to us in the Legislature to debate and enact the remainder of these proposals. Some of these initiatives already are more than...

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As many residents of the "Waynedale News" area are aware, the Fort Wayne Plan Commission—which includes several of our fellow citizens as members—is currently considering a proposed housing project in the Ardmore Road area known as "Tiffany Heights". The developer of this project held a public meeting last month to discuss this project with concerned citizens. I wasn't able to attend but I appreciated the fact that the opportunity was made available for citizen input. Following that event...

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THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

 

I believe I have the best job in the world, I've told many people and I think it's true. How many other jobs allow you to directly impact your neighbors and improve the quality of their lives? It's like the feeling you get during the holidays when you commit random acts of kindness.

Often people ask me why so many people need township assistance and how they qualify. Clients who receive your tax dollars for their needs have to meet very specific criteria. First...

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As I look back on 2004, I can see how we are all working together to build a better city.

We had another successful year of infrastructure projects. $35 million was invested to improve our transportation, water, sewer, and stormwater systems. In addition, another 40 miles of streets were paved. These investments help us compete for new jobs and retain the hundreds of good jobs we currently have in Fort Wayne.

In July, we received nearly $1 million to begin demolishing more than a dozen homes...

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City Council continues to discuss and debate the question of redistricting and/or adding to Fort Wayne's City Council districts. All Council members agree that Fort Wayne's district boundaries will need to be redrawn before the end of 2005 since over 30,000 Aboite residents will be annexed by the City of Fort Wayne on January 1, 2006. The ongoing discussion is regarding whether Fort Wayne should have 2 or 4 more Council districts (i.e. for a total of 8 or 10) and whether the "At Large"...

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