I enjoyed meeting many of you at the Waynedale Community Picnic and planned to attend the Elmhurst Neighborhood Association Picnic as well. I want to meet you personally, hear your concerns and do what I can to address those concerns.
Township Government is the closest government to the people. I believe I was entrusted to serve as your Trustee for four years, and I want to do as much as I can during that time to help those who need services from Wayne Township.
Our office is continuing to work to find jobs for Wayne Township residents–jobs that pay enough to support individuals and their families. Many of the people who come into my office have fallen on hard times, but so badly want to find work.
The best way to reduce the number of people needing Township Assistance is to help them find jobs.
One of my focuses is to make sure those Wayne Township residents looking for good jobs are included in the jobs that will be generated by the large construction projects being planned right within our own Township. Over the next several years, millions of dollars will be spent on these construction projects, such as the Renaissance Pointe housing project and Harrison Square.
What a wonderful opportunity for Wayne Township residents to find employment right here at home. I have been partnering with other agencies and community leaders to make sure Wayne Township residents are included in job opportunities resulting from these construction projects.
In addition to our job initiative, our office has been exploring what can be done about high utility deposits. Often a low-income person, who comes into our office for utility assistance, cannot get his or her utilities turned on due to the deposit required by the utility company.
While Wayne Township can assist with paying utility bills, in most instances, our Eligibility Standards will not permit us to pay utility deposits for clients.
Recently three members of my staff accompanied Pastor Alyn Biddle from Broadway Christian Church to Indianapolis to meet with a representative of the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. The job of the Utility Consumer Counselor is to represent us, the utility consumer.
Prior to the winter months, our office and other agencies, including the Utility Consumer Counselor, will be working to educate low income persons on how to work better with utility companies. Through this education, we hope to help these utility consumers avoid utility shutoffs and high reconnect deposits.
Sunday, September 9, is Grandparents’ Day. I am a proud grandparent like many of you. May we all have a great Grandparents’ day and be able to spend some time with our cherished grandchildren.
Richard A. Stevenson, Sr.
Wayne Township Trustee
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