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. [...]
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Let’s just say the music at the Philharmonic last night was superb, as usual. Let us add that the guest soloist was five-star. And, the spoken-word praise of Lincoln was very, very moving.
Now, to the Jumbotron or whatever the Philharmonic calls the three panel video screen system suspended from the rafters near the front [...]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 →
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 →
Back in March of 2012, David J. Kuker, (corporate profile) an attorney with Faegre, Baker Daniels, LLP was shot, when he supposedly encountered a man in his garage. Kuker could not provide a description because the gunman sprayed mace, or some other substance in his face.
Then about 6 weeks later, Jeffrey Goeglein, another [...]Continue Reading →