Police Chief Rusty York recently met with City Council to discuss Fort Wayne’s crime statistics. City crime rates are the lowest they’ve been in several years. I’ve always said that it takes good schools, strong families, and good jobs to prevent crime. That’s the foundation on which a safe city is built. But it takes a lot more than that. All of our city public safety employees including members of the police department, fire department, EMS, and homeland security department work continually to keep us safe. Each and every one of us can also help by checking on our neighbor’s home when they’re away, reporting suspicious activity to the police department, and volunteering to support our neighborhood association. While controlling crime is one of the most important jobs of city government, we all need to be involved in securing a safe community.
Recently I received a call from a resident of the 4th District regarding a public construction project on the south side. The contractor was parking heavy construction vehicles on private property, tearing up yards, etc. Happily, the problem was corrected fairly quickly. It’s unusual for a situation of this type to develop. Most contractors respect residential and business property in the area where they’re working. Contractors on public projects are required to restore the work area to its pre-construction condition. Sometimes this process takes several months. If you experience problems with public construction projects near your home contact the contractor and appropriate city department and also give me a call if the problem isn’t corrected.
City Council recently unanimously passed a County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) tax bond for over $30 million. “Bonding” in this manner is a common approach the City of Fort Wayne follows, especially when up-front funding is needed for public projects. These funds will be spent on economic development, roads and streets, downtown development, etc. Funding of neighborhood CEDIT projects in many neighborhoods throughout the 4th District and the entire city will also be continued.
Have a great holiday season! Check out the many events going on downtown including activities at the Headwaters Park ice rink. Give me a call if you have any suggestions for our city or if I can help out with any problems involving city government.
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