In committee session council members voted on $8 million in subsidies, in regular session they voted on a bit under $18 million in expenditures and subsidies…and no one, again, seemed to care. In the audience were eleven citizens, just two more than the number of councilmen. Additionally, there was a reporter, two staff, council’s attorney, [...]
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John Urbahns was back! There was Greg Leatherman and Rusty York and Police Chief Gary Hamilton! John Samson addressed council, as did City Engineer Shan Gunawardeena and Larry Campbell. It was a big night at council and it started with a mixed bag of police stats on crime in the city.
Rusty [...]Continue Reading →
Do you think public money should be used to subsidize an airline to fly Lincoln execs to Philadelphia? Council does. Do you think St. Rep. Bob Morris is a lying, misleading trouble maker? Councilman Dr. John Crawford does.
First, council decided 8 to 1 that your money drawn from the Legacy Fund and from CEDIT, [...]Continue Reading →
Tonight city council will vote to guarantee income for an airline. The money will come from Legacy money at the request of Mayor Tom Henry. The acts make a mockery of the Legacy process. In short, the money will guarantee a minimal ridership between here and Philadelphia. Why Philadelphia, you might ask, [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 →