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The City recently experienced a major storm event that caused some major damage throughout our City. The south and central parts of our City were hit hardest. Our Water Pollution Control Department received over 350 calls from residents who were experiencing water in their basements. The manager of that department said it was probably the worst storm situation he has had to deal with in 15 years.

I am proud of the way City workers dealt with this very intense storm. We had immediate response from our Police and Fire departments. An Emergency Operations Center was set up around midnight on the night of the storm and City workers began immediately to field calls from residents with all sorts of problems due to the weather. Our Street Department crews worked throughout the night to barricade flooded streets, remove debris and keep the public updated on road closures.

Sometimes it takes an unfortunate event such as this to remind us how important it is for us to work together. Many of our neighbors are going to be spending the next few days cleaning up after the water. My thanks go to all who are helping in the clean-up efforts. We are all very thankful there were no serious injuries.

I recently visited Madison, Wisconsin to attend the 70th Annual United States Conference of Mayors. More than 200 mayors from across the nation gathered in Madison's Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center to discuss major issues facing the nation. The USCM focused on creating affordable housing options, ensuring public health, protecting the environment, preparing for emergencies and strengthening homeland security.

I had the opportunity to talk with Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Allbaugh about the lessons we learned in Fort Wayne with over 1000 people participating in our terrorism preparedness exercise at Wayne High School. We are one of only a few cities to accomplish a full-scale exercise of this magnitude.

Then I attended the Metropolitan Mayor's Alliance in Carmel, Indiana on June 20 where I was elected to serve as the Vice President of the Alliance. The Metropolitan Mayors Alliance represents the mayors of the 20 largest cities in Indiana. The alliance represents the interests of these cities to the Indiana General Assembly. I will be lending my voice for support of economic development efforts in cities and building partnerships between the state and local governments to bring jobs to Indiana.


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