Council took the attitude that mistakes are made, this one was relatively small in the scheme of things, and that it proved easy to resolve. The mistake was apparently made by the new fire chief who under counted the number of new firefighters the department would recruit for the new class of rookies. It amounted [...]
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There was a public hearing last night at city council to hear your views on pledging $30million of the city’s County Economic Development Income Taxes (your money) to back a bond.
No one spoke. Not one citizen from all 300,000 or so residents of the city made the effort to come downtown and voice [...]Continue Reading →
Mitch Harper got it. He said that those who teach at St. Francis are instructed to teach the Franciscan values. It is very clear. Equally clear is the money comes from public funds. Obvious is that, before the tortured splitting of hairs to suggest the money is not public (rate payers, not taxpayers) and that [...]Continue Reading →
If Tom Smith gets his way there will be a major revamp of a bridge in central Fort Wayne, very central Fort Wayne. He has asked to keep details quiet until a general unveiling, so we will, but it is a great plan on first blush and something that seems to have plenty of support [...]Continue Reading →
The sister who runs the University of St. Francis, Elise Kriss, seemed a bit bewildered and more than a bit chagrined that city council was not strewing palm fronds in her path en route toward a $3 million grant to redevelop the former Scottish Rite and the former Chamber of Commerce buildings. She had [...]Continue Reading →
Millions to St. Francis.
Will this use of the Legacy money cost the city oodles in legal bills? The question was raised by a citizen last night in “open-mic” time. John Modejewski, a neighborhood leader from the near north side, voiced his concern that giving $3 million to a religious institution, in this case St. [...]Continue Reading →
You might call Councilman Russ Jehl the brightest knife in the drawer. You might subtitle the meeting of council last night as holding sausage. It certainly was an evening of frustration for the administration and a love fest in the halls of council.
The big item last night was an ordinance repeal (they have to [...]Continue Reading →
Rescinding tax abatements started the evening and another plea from Fluoride Free Fort Wayne ended the night. In between was a presentation on high-speed rail, shifting money around in city accounts, approval of the BAE abatement and an example of mission creep.
The abatement process goes on. BAE got a sizable package of tax breaks [...]Continue Reading →
After 24 years with the Fort Wayne Police Department and 14 years as chief one might excuse Rusty York for not having a snappy response for the most basic of job interview questions – why should we hire you. Councilman Glynn Hines, a long-time friend of the chief, had asked the question on behalf of [...]Continue Reading →
A pig in a poke or a normal call for community support, that would be the question. Geoff Paddock, councilman from the city’s near south and center asked council a second time for support of his efforts to bring high-speed rail, HSR, to Fort Wayne; a second time he ran into opposition from one of his HSR [...]Continue Reading →