I am pleased to announce the “Report to the People” sessions for 2006 will begin on January 31. These reports give me a chance to meet and hear from you about how we can work together to make local government better. We are working hard to retain and gain jobs. We are also committed to making Fort Wayne a safer city, provide excellent customer service and improve our infrastructure.

Each Report to the People session will feature a recap of accomplishments and a look ahead to new initiatives that the City will work on to improve services. All of the reports are free and open to the public.

Below is a list of dates, times and locations for the Report to the People meetings.

January 31; 8 a.m.
Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, 826 Ewing St.

February 15; 7 p.m.
Southwest Area Partnership; Study Elementary School, 2414 Brooklyn Ave.

February 16; 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Area Partnership; Northridge Baptist Church, 1300 E. Cook Rd.

March 8; 6:30 p.m.
Southeast Area Partnership; League for the Blind & Disabled, 5821 S. Anthony Blvd.

March 9; 6:30 p.m.
Northeast Area Partnership; Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave.


As we close the chapter on 2005, we had a lot of success stories. More than 50 miles of streets were paved. More than 250 miles have been paved since 2000. The Fleet Department was recognized as the ninth best fleet in North America. The City won a state award for the West Jefferson Trail Project. The trail begins in Rockhill Park and connects with the Rivergreenway in Swinney Park. The City won the Indiana Ready Mix Concrete Association Concrete Achievement Award for Municipal Street Repair. Street Department employee Shawn Bonar won the 2005 Indiana Snowplow Rodeo.

City Utilities was one of 14 drinking water systems in the country to win a 2005 Platinum Award for Sustained Competitiveness from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. City Utilities also won a Director’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining safe drinking water. The $11 million Automatic Meter Reading program was completed. The new technology enhances efficiency and customer service. The Camp Scott project to relieve basement backups won the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Community Achievement Award.

We saw more than $450 million in private investment in the urban core of our community in 2005. Private investment serves as a catalyst for business and job growth. We had a great 2005 and look forward to an even better 2006.

The Waynedale News Staff
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