DEAR WAYNEDALE READERS

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather. It has been a busy summer in city government as we work to be innovative in attracting and retaining jobs. Summer also means construction season, and we’re busy making $46 million in transportation, water, sewer, and storm water improvements to make our city better for you. Please use caution in construction zones. Thank you for doing your part to make our community better.

One of the true assets in our community is the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant across from the Old Fort. City Utilities, which provides water and sewer service to you, recently was recognized at the American Water Works Association annual conference in San Francisco for being a leader in producing safe, clean drinking water. The City’s Water Filtration Plant won a 2004 Director’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining safe drinking water. This is the fifth consecutive year the City has won this top honor.

You should have received a copy of our latest Drinking Water Quality Report. We are required to update you annually on the safety of our drinking water supply. We are pleased to report that our water meets or exceeds all applicable state and federal water quality standards. Our Water Plant employees deserve a lot of credit for their commitment to safe water.

City Council recently passed a new garbage and recycling contract that will take effect January 1, 2006. The contract calls for the City to provide 96 or 48-gallon carts to residents for garbage collection. We will be working with the community over the next several months to determine which cart option will work best for you.

We feel there are several benefits to using carts. It will promote cleaner streets and alleys, they are easier for residents to maneuver, we will have a uniform look to the community, animals won’t be able to scatter trash by tearing open bags, and we anticipate a decrease in garbage ordinance violations. A B.E.S.T. Team (Building Excellent Services through Teams) was created to examine how to best put together the next contract. The team was comprised of City officials and neighborhood leaders. In addition, mixed paper has been added to recycling collection.

Take a few minutes in the coming weeks to enjoy our tremendous Parks and Recreation system. The Parks department is celebrating its centennial this year. Several special events are planned all summer long. Every Friday through September 2nd, admission to various Parks facilities is just $1. July 15th is $1 Friday for the Centennial Tour of Parks. July 22nd is $1 Friday for “Willie Wonka” at the Foellinger Theatre. July 29th is $1 Friday at Northside Pool. For more information, be sure to visit www.fortwayneparks.org or call 427-6000. 

 

Graham Richard
Mayor

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