Recently there’s been some great news for the entire south side of Fort Wayne. Walmart has announced that they will open a new store at Southtown Centre (formerly Southtown Mall). A combination of Menard’s —- which will break ground this year —- and Walmart at Southtown should draw even more businesses. The Mayor and City Council are determined to move the Southtown Centre project forward and at no long term cost to the taxpayer. I should add that over 1000 new jobs will be created by Menard’s and Walmart!
I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on cleaning up the mobile home court between Dunkleberg Road and Airport Expressway. Recently, I’ve been in contact with the head of the Neighborhood Code Enforcement Division, City Police Officer, Tom Bandor. He’s been working with the out-of-town mobile home court management and they’ve agreed to start pulling old unused trailers off the property and to clean things up in general. The job isn’t completed yet but I believe Tom Bandor and N.C.E. are moving the process in the right direction.
As you are probably aware, less and less money is coming from the federal and state governments for projects in Fort Wayne. It would be nice to have some huge grants from Uncle Sam to help with local flood prevention and response. The City will do everything possible to secure those funds but the leadtime can be several years. With these thoughts in mind, the City of Fort Wayne is developing locally funded flood control projects. Keep your eyes on local newspapers for the time and location of public meetings regarding the next phase of flood control in Fort Wayne.
The Federal government and the Veteran’s Administration have decided to shut down the inpatient beds at our local V.A. Hospital. This will force veterans who fought for our country to travel over 100 miles to the Indianapolis V.A. Hospital for inpatient care. The best way to help our veterans is for you to call Congressman Mark Souder at 424-3041, Senator Bayh at 426-3151, and Senator Lugar at 422-1505 and tell them what you think.
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