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.

Greetings! It's great to see a few signs that the coldest days of winter may be over. When you get used to outside temperatures of 5-10 degrees, 25 or 35 degrees can feel like a heat wave. It seems to me that more Fort Wayne residents than ever have been getting out this winter to ice skate at Headwaters and other parks, to attend Komet games (Go Komets!) or other local sports and arts community events, etc. After the next month or so of "March Madness" basketball tournaments hopefully...

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On February 18 at my Report to the People at Southwest Area Partnership I announced the creation of the Emergency Medical Services Taskforce to examine our EMS system to ensure it will provide excellent service.

Our City is growing. We need to make sure our EMS system will continue to provide excellent services to all of our residents. The EMS taskforce will provide an independent and comprehensive review of our current EMS system and make recommendations for improvements.

I have appointed...

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WAYNE TOWNSHIP; A ROLE MODEL FOR REORGANIZATION

 

Recently you have heard a lot about government reorganization in Allen County. This has been a topic of growing interest for some time and there are many positive outcomes to look forward to. My hope is that all of us in this great County of Allen have a voice in the government that will serve us best, not be sold on a pre-determined vision by those with the largest platform or the loudest voice. A recent article in the Journal Gazette...

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The Senate and House are now at the halfway point of the 2004 Session, which means that the Senate will now hear House bills, and vice versa. For legislation to become law, it must pass through both legislative chambers, and be signed by the Governor.

And speaking of the Governor, I have to say that I am extremely disappointed in the way he conducted himself last week in attempting to get his Full Day Kindergarten bill passed in the House. Regardless of what you think of Full Day Kindergarten...

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In the near future you'll hear quite a bit about an extensive study of Fort Wayne's parks that has just been completed. There were numerous public meetings and questionnaires that were distributed throughout the city during the information gathering phase of the parks study. Several residents of Waynedale made a special effort to attend public meetings and offered their input. I haven't seen the final report yet and it won't become official policy until it has been accepted by the Park Board...

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There are many Fort Wayne residents who go to work every day but still find it very difficult to make ends meet. The City of Fort Wayne is reaching out to help low-income working individuals and their families. Through a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and local social service agencies, the City of Fort Wayne is conducting the Mayor's Money in Your Pocket Campaign.

Through this partnership, the City has set up six Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. The sites will be...

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