At a recent neighborhood meeting I heard more discussion regarding the Tiffany Heights project being planned along Ardmore Avenue north of Sandpoint Road. That project was “okayed” earlier this year by the City Plan Commission and never reached City Council for a vote. There was quite a bit of local opposition to the project including by over 300 individuals who signed a petition raising appropriate questions about traffic safety, storm water drainage, etc. I wrote the State of Indiana requesting unsuccessfully that tax credits be denied the project since some important information was withheld prior to the public hearing. To make a long story short, Tiffany Heights and several similar projects will likely be constructed throughout the city during the coming years. The City Plan Department is monitoring the situation closely. At this point I’m working with concerned citizens and groups such as neighborhood associations to make sure that the project is done right.

Fort Wayne will follow its usual plan for picking up leaves during November and December. Keep your eyes on the local media for more information regarding the dates when leaves will be picked up in your area. There’s one new twist regarding leaf pickup. If you bag leaves in brown biodegradable bags you can call the Street Department at 427-1235 and they’ll pick up your leaves within the next 2-3 days. Otherwise, you should rake your leaves to near the edge of the street (not in the street) and they’ll be collected on the usual schedule.

The recent disasters in the south have directed our attention once again to disaster prevention and response in the Fort Wayne area. While much planning has been done we can never be overly confident. Various local and regional authorities have recently been debating how far we should go in preparing for possible disasters in the Fort Wayne and Allen County. Considering the wide variety of natural and manmade problems which we may face, I would favor a vigorous disaster response system. I definitely believe that we should have periodic disaster drills for our public safety personnel and citizens as well. This approach fits well with Fort Wayne’s role in regional public safety training at the future Southtown Centre site. Let me know what you think!

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend a recent Winterset Association meeting. Thanks for the invitation! I was happy to hear that Ken Nicolet, the Southwest Neighborhood Advocate, was able to represent city government at the meeting.

Call me if you have any questions or constructive suggestions for our city!


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