COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

Great News!! After months of discussion and hundreds of signatures of citizens and business owners on petitions the new traffic signal at Lower Huntington Road and Bluffton Road is on the way! The contract was just awarded for this $40,000 plus project that is 50% funded by 4th District CEDIT funds that I dedicated for new traffic signals several months ago. I’ve been told by the Fort Wayne Public Works officials that the new signals should be in place by December if the weather holds out! Someone not familiar with the Waynedale area might wonder how or why a traffic signal could be so important. I know very well how important these improvements are to frustrated drivers who are tired of the long waits at the Lower Huntington Road-Bluffton Road intersection! Thanks to Beulah Stoker, President of the Southeast Waynedale Neighborhood Association, for circulating the first petition supporting the improved signalization. MANY thanks also to Mayor Graham Richard for becoming personally involved in response to the outpouring of citizen concern regarding the problems at that intersection. I’m a great believer in Citizen-Oriented Government and this traffic-engineering project is a great example of Fort Wayne City Government being responsive to the wishes of citizens.

Updated city crime statistics for the 1st half of 2003 continue to move in the right direction. Fort Wayne’s crime rate is the lowest it’s been in over 10 years. It’s still important to keep your eyes open and to call 911 or the police desk at 427-1222 if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood. If any possible crime related problems arise in your neighborhood you can also ask your neighborhood officers to contact your neighborhood liaison police officer and request help. We all need to be neighborhood activists and to work together to protect our neighbors and their property as well as our own.

Being a longstanding Chicago Cubs fan, I can’t resist the opportunity to cheer a bit for my favorite pro baseball team. At the time of this writing they lead the Atlanta Braves two games to one in their playoff series. The Cubs are a great example for all of us—especially our kids—when it comes to perseverance in the face of adversity. Hopefully they’ll continue to win games and will be playing in the World Series when I write my next column.

Don’t forget to vote in the upcoming city election on Tuesday, November 4th! Give me a call if you are over 65 or disabled and need an absentee ballot application for the Nov. 4th election. I’ve been honored to serve the citizens of the “Waynedale News” area during the last 8 years and hope to continue to do so for another 4 years. On November 4th the voters will make their decision as to who they want to be their Mayor, City Clerk and City Council members. Whatever happens in the election, thanks to everyone who reads this column for your constructive suggestions and support during the last few years. Thanks also to Bob and Cindy and Ray and everyone at The Waynedale News for making this space available to me—your generosity has helped me to a better job as 4th District City Councilman!

 

Tom Hayhurst
City Councilman
4th District
432-8418
tom.hayhurst@verizon.net

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