The revitalization of Southtown Mall is under way. Menards recently broke ground on its more than 225,000 square foot store at Southtown Centre. The new store is expected to open in March 2006. The Menards groundbreaking sends a message that Southtown Centre is a reality and will be an excellent retail location. We appreciate Menards’ commitment to our community. Hundreds of jobs will be created, and the Southtown area will once again be an outstanding asset.

New site infrastructure construction, which includes a new U.S. 27/Southtown intersection, started in June. Wal-Mart and STAR Financial Bank have agreed to build new facilities at Southtown Centre. In addition, the city will construct a Regional Police and Fire Training Center in 2006, which will open in 2007.

Fort Wayne native Brent Johnson has been hired to oversee the development, design and building of the training center. Brent is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his extensive military experience will assist us in our efforts to build a world-class training facility for the region.

The city continues to work to reduce the threat of flooding. Our public works and utilities team has been conducting several public meetings as a way to update the community and get your feedback on what should be done to lessen the risk of flooding and drainage problems in high risk areas. The city is considering changes to utility rates, specifically the storm water fee, to construct flood protection projects along the Spy Run watershed, St. Marys River and Fairfield Ditch. Additional work would include improving drainage problems in several neighborhoods experiencing chronic problems, and buying out chronically flooded properties. A few more public meetings are planned for August and September. Please visit to learn more.

Be watching for your August City Utilities bill for more information about the city’s new garbage contract. We are pleased City Council voted in favor of a new collection program that will incorporate 96 and 48-gallon carts to hold garbage. A bill stuffer in your August bill includes information about the carts, the benefits of the new program and when the carts will be delivered to your home.


Graham Richard

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