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.

Since 1801, the Indiana National Guard has served our state in countless wars, battles and statewide disasters. In fact, Indiana Guard members have served in every American war since the Civil War. Today, members of the Indiana Guard are serving overseas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and several other countries.

Because of the important work of these men and women, members of the Indiana General Assembly have authored several measures to protect the Guard and their families. Senate Bill...

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When your life's vocation is to help those in need, little could be more disheartening than to deny someone help that does not qualify for Township assistance (per the Indiana Statutes). What happens to those who may not qualify but are still in need? About seventy percent of applicants coming to Wayne Township receive some form of assistance, but for those remaining the Wayne Township Trustee's Office developed the position of Community Resource Specialist.

The first of its kind at a...

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As I write this column the city is in the midst of another challenging flood. Floods have many causes—temperatures of over 60 degrees following heavy snows followed by rain caused this month's flooding. Fort Wayne's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been fully operative and city employees have been working hard on preventative measures and as well as responding quickly to flooding that has already occurred. Pumps, sandbags and temporary clay dikes throughout the south side and elsewhere...

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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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