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.

Churches and charities are the lifeblood of communities. They operate with tight budgets, small staffs, and rely heavily on donations to maintain vital services to those in need. Because these groups continually and selflessly contribute to others' well-being, the government grants them certain tax exemptions.

Current state law allows churches and non-profit groups to claim to property tax exemption on land up to 15 acres. The land must be used for educational, literary, scientific, religious...

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I have some important news to pass on! For several years I've advocated opening Fort Wayne Police Department. precinct stations in each quadrant of the city. As you are probably aware, the FWPD did have posts at Southgate Shopping Center as well as at Precious Blood Church until they were shut down a few years ago. Recently Mayor Graham Richard and Police Chief Rusty York announced that a special police post will be opened at the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center. Besides enhancing the...

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Guest Column By Mayor Graham Richard

 

Richard Florida and the Creative Class here in Fort Wayne

In January I attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. During one of the round table discussions Richard Florida spoke with about 40 mayors from around the country. Florida is a Professor of Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of an interesting book called The Rise of the Creative Class: And How Its Transforming Work, Leisure Community...

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IN KEEPING WITH OUR MISSION

 

As Wayne Township Trustee, I am proud to have the support of an incredible staff that is always willing to go beyond the common expectations of Township Government. Indiana statutes mandate Township Offices to provide relief to those individuals whose income does not meet their basic necessities. Social Security and SSI recipients face a number of challenging situations not the least of which is financial management. We believe in taking a proactive approach...

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From time to time in the past it has seemed important for me to make special mention of a citizen who has contributed much to "The Waynedale News" area as well as to the city of Fort Wayne. The individual whom I feel needs to be given a special pat on the back is the President of the Belle Vista Neighborhood Association, PAUL RYKARD! Paul has worked tirelessly on many projects in our community with the able support of his energetic and dedicated wife, Billie. He has been a leader of the...

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Day by day, Fort Wayne continues to become one of the safest cities of its size in the country. I am happy to report that crimes in Fort Wayne were down 8.54% from 2001 to 2002. Official uniform crime statistics complied by the Fort Wayne Police Department show there were 12,257 crimes in the City last year, compared with 13,402 crimes in 2001. Citywide, incidents of robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft were down in 2002. The police department reported on additional...

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