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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.

MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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As you all know, West Nile virus was a problem in our community and around the nation last year. This year I want to make sure that Fort Wayne is prepared to handle to mosquito problem and is taking proactive steps aimed at preventing an outbreak. I appointed a B.E.S.T. (Building Excellent Service through Teams) Team during the winter to take an in-depth look at the West Nile virus issue.

Based on recommendations from the B.E.S.T. team, Fort Wayne and Allen County are ready to combat the...

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THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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Last year's "Great Easter Egg Hunt" by the Wayne Township's Outreach Department was a "Great" success. Over 500 community members and two special guests came out and endured the chilly breeze to show support for all the children. Our first and most special guest, the Easter Bunny, once again chose to partner with our staff and other area volunteers to bring a special treat to the children most in need. The second guest, although uninvited, was a beautiful white blanket of snow to remind us of...

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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This week, Senate Republicans announced our JOBS Plan, a legislative package to create high-paying jobs in Indiana. The plan was amended into House Bill 2008 in the Senate Finance Committee and will move to the full Senate for a vote during the week of April 7th.

Indiana needs jobs now. We can't afford to wait 10 years to see results. I'm proud of what the JOBS Plan will do for Hoosiers. The JOBS Plan provides about the same amount of funding for economic development as the Governor's proposal...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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Recently newly elected Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards spoke before City Council and answered City Council members' questions. She provided an update on the functions of her office that all Council members feel must integrate its functions as smoothly as possible with the Police and Sheriff's Departments, as well as, the Court system. There has generally been the feeling that the Prosecutor's Office has been less vigorous than it should have been in prosecuting cases during the last 2...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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Fort Wayne and cities across the country currently are facing difficult economic challenges. Revenues are below estimates, budgets are being cut, some governments are laying off employees. In this time of recession, restructuring and reassessment it becomes even more important for the City of Fort Wayne to invest its limited resources in projects that will grow our economy.

That is why I have committed $1 million in new money to the Northeast Indiana Corporate Council's job creation fund....

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THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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The Promise of Spring

 

If you are like me you can't wait for the arrival of spring. The past four months, though spectacular at times, proved to be one of the most expensive winters on record. The combination of high gasoline prices, increased natural gas charges and bitter cold, has had a devastating effect on many of us. As the Township Trustee I raised our income guidelines to 125% of the federal poverty level. This was designed to help those working poor and those on fixed incomes. The...

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