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 [...]
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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 →
Councilman Geoff Paddock made the best out of a bad situation last night when he withdraw his ill-fated attempt to take $200,000 out of the Legacy Fund and apply it toward bringing high speed rail, HSR, to Fort Wayne. With about 90 supporters in council chambers, Geoff made lemonade. A week ago he had announced [...]Continue Reading →
Votes and announcements concerning the Legacy Fund dominated last night’s meeting of city council. First, the lion’s share of time was spent discussing, amending, tinkering, “opining,” and, finally, passing an ordinance to fund a scholarship program through the Questa Foundation. Then, at the end of the night, Councilman Geoff Paddock introduced his own piece of [...]Continue Reading →
Council Tom Smith offered up the new attitude in Fort Wayne: “It can be done.” His comment was in reply to fellow councilman Marty Bender who worried that the river front project is too complex to get done, especially with the history of Army Corps of Engineers interference and dictates . ”It can be done.” [...]Continue Reading →
Last night at city council Elissa McGauley, staff to the city’s department of economic development specializing in tax abatements, all but said she had not bothered to bring to the attention of council abatements that should have been expunged from the books. Most of you already understand the abatement game; it is a way government [...]Continue Reading →
As Jim Sack reported today, the city is spending $200,000 on “Wayfinding” signage that includes QR codes. Apparently, the city’s technology folks were never consulted, and council never researched just how outdated and unused QR codes are today.
When was the last time you scanned a QR code? Be honest. If it was [...]Continue Reading →
Last night was the first night of budget hearings for city council and the administration and they went swimmingly, except for a detour down a ill-lit road. It was also a committee evening, so five bills were heard and acted upon with four passing and one being held. It was also the occasion for a [...]Continue Reading →
Jam-packed, nuanced and long was Tuesday night’s council meeting.
First, there were five public hearings and only one person of the 350,000 of us spoke, and he was not supposed to. Nobody for, nobody against, except that confused business owner there to toot his own horn in support of a tax break. He returned to [...]Continue Reading →