DEAR WAYNEDALE READERS

Spring is right around the corner and that means another great year of construction projects in Fort Wayne.The City will invest $58 million in 2006 in public works and utilities improvements. We must provide excellent water and sewer services and good roads. Innovation and investment will help create jobs and new businesses. Our efforts will lead us toward the growth and development of a regional hub of economic activity.
The southwest quadrant will see several major projects this year. Ardmore Avenue will be extended to three lanes from Indianapolis to Lower Huntington roads. The Time Corners area will be reconfigured to improve traffic flow and safety. Water main replacement work will continue in the Indian Village neighborhood. Sewer improvements will be made in the Sherwood Terrace area. We also plan to pave around 50 miles of streets. Some of the locations include Catalpa from Taylor to West Jefferson; South Bend from Getz to West Jefferson; Baer from Lower Huntington to Airport Expressway; Broadway from Main to Berry; and Old Mill from Lexington to Rudisill.
We’re excited to have launched a new Leadership Learning Institute. The initiative features a series of meetings designed to help residents learn new skills and strengthen the community. City government is committed to being a learning organization. We want to extend learning resources to the entire community. Learning and leadership are crucial for Fort Wayne to be competitive in retaining and gaining jobs and businesses. We want to capitalize on broadband technology as a key learning tool for adults and young people to develop new skills.
Some of the topics will include Bylaws, Covenants and Compliance; Problem Solving; Festivals, Special Events and Tourism; Improving Relationships between Landlords and Residents; Using Broadband Technology; Strategic Planning; and Infrastructure Improvements.
Leadership Learning Institute meetings will be held the first Monday of each month beginning in April from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Omni Room of the City-County Building in advance of the monthly Neighborhood Associations’ Presidents Meeting. Some dates may change due to holidays. For a complete listing of dates, times and topics, visit www.cityoffortwayne.org. All meetings are free and open to the public. Individuals interested in participating need to register by calling 427-1111 or by email at citizens@cityoffortwayne.org.

Graham Richard
Mayor

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