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.

The Internal Revenue Service is looking to give $4 million dollars in unclaimed refunds to local citizens. Are you one of them?

 

For the second consecutive year, the Wayne Township Trustee's Office is hosting a site for the "Money In Your Pocket" campaign in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Our site is open from 12 pm to 4 pm on each Tuesday and Thursday and on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. It is staffed with multilingual...

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The recent death of Katlyn Collman (killed because she accidentally stumbled across a meth lab) has thrust Indiana's methamphetamine problem into the spotlight. Methamphetamine production has become widespread in our state, and I am committed to doing everything I can to help curb this criminal activity.

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II stimulant, which means it is dangerous and has high potential for abuse. It is commonly referred to as meth, crank, or speed, and produces physical effects...

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Recently, there has been a rekindling of the debate over the City's annexation of Aboite Township. It all began again when Rep. Bob Alderman added a late amendment to a piece of legislation pending before the Indiana House of Representatives. The amendment proposed a very simple action with very large ramifications: to void any annexation that had been enacted prior to January 1, 2000 if the annexation had not yet taken place. There is only one annexation that fits that specific description...

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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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Your Opinion Matters

 

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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