Over the past few decades, internet-connected devices have become increasingly prominent in our lives. According to Pew Research Center, 95 percent of Americans now own a cellphone, myself included. Further, many features of our homes can be connected to the internet and controlled by our smartphones,
As part of continuing efforts to make City government as responsive as possible, the 311 Call Center will now be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays with two members of our 311 team taking calls from the public. These additional hours will help provide residents with more opportunities to get in
Earlier this month Bennie Lewis announced his retirement from the Wayne Township Trustee Office. Lewis was one of the people here who helped make the annual Holiday Celebrations successful as he had previously worked with the Fort Wayne McMillen Center where the party has been held for the last three
I announced recently that the City of Fort Wayne’s proposed budget for 2019 will continue the City Administration’s commitment to investing in public safety, neighborhood infrastructure and parks.
The balanced budget places an emphasis on providing essential services to residents, neighborhoods
Indiana leaders work hard to improve our state, and I’m proud to see our policies and laws continue to pay off. Since last year, Indiana has been ranked in the top 10 states for doing business by Chief Executive Magazine, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine and Forbes, which also
Crews have installed three additional banners as part of my Blue Star Banner program. The banners were for service members Sergeant Ricardo Bonano, U.S. Marine Corps; Sergeant Ravyn D. Ramos, U.S. Army; and Specialist 38th SB Amanda Story, U.S. Army.
The Blue Star Banner initiative started
Each year, Hoosier parents entrust their children’s education to our teachers. Given that teachers have the tremendous responsibility of helping shape our children’s futures, it is imperative that we have great teachers and continue to support them.
Due to a variety of reasons, Indiana, like many
The Wayne Township Trustee Office will be open for business on October 8, even though that is the state and federal holiday of Columbus Day. For several years now we have remained open on Columbus Day and on the February holiday of President’s Day and allowing our staff off on two other days of
I saw on the front page of the last Waynedale News that September 2nd was the 86th anniversary of this local newspaper. Since I have been in office—almost 12 years now—I have submitted a column in each issue to appear on the POLITICAL page. Though it is called a political column, I have tried
Indiana’s tech sector is growing at a rapid rate, making it even more crucial for Hoosiers to have access to reliable high-speed internet. In recent years, the General Assembly passed legislation to pave the way for telecommunications investment across the state, and now, we are receiving national
We have nineteen new firefighters serving the City of Fort Wayne and this 90th recruit class was one of the most diverse in the department’s history. Public safety is a top priority and we have an outstanding fire department committed to keeping our residents and businesses as safe as possible.
Many people think of Labor Day as just a day off work and maybe a chance to say goodbye to summer. But for over a hundred years, Labor Day has been set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been officially celebrated in the United States since 1894 when President Grover Cleveland and
During each legislative session, the Indiana Senate provides internship opportunities for college students, graduate students and recent college graduates. Throughout the legislative session, interns learn about Indiana’s current issues, network, practice leadership skills, develop their professional
The growth of our trails network continues to position Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana as leaders in providing quality of life amenities for residents, businesses, and guests. Recently, I joined business owners, community leaders, elected officials and members of the Northeast Indiana Regional Development
We are looking forward to August 25th, when the Wayne Township Trustee Office will staff a booth at the Waynedale Community Picnic. For the second year in a row my Deputy Trustee, Austin Knox, will be there to meet and greet those attending this fun-filled event while others of my staff plan to help
Fort Wayne City Utilities has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future in the category of Energy Generation & Recovery, for its successful power generation efforts at the Water Pollution Control Plant. City Utilities is one of only 32 utilities selected as a Utility of the Future
Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America,” and we do our best to make sure our transportation infrastructure lives up to the name.
Quality roadways help attract new businesses, grow our economy and keep our citizens safe as they travel through our communities and state. In 2016, the Indiana
Well, it’s that time of year again for students to be thinking about heading back to school. Hard to believe, but Fort Wayne Community Schools will be back in session on August 14. I remember as a child that some of my friends didn’t even want to think about school until they absolutely had to,
Over the past 20 years, schools in the United States, including in Indiana, have seen an increase in shootings and other violence.
Just a few months ago, a shooting occurred at Noblesville West Middle School. Thanks to the exceptional bravery of a teacher there were no deaths, but this tragedy emphasized
Do you know an outstanding young person who will be in 10th – 12th grade this year and would like to be more engaged with the Fort Wayne community and local government? I’m seeking applicants for my Youth Engagement Council for the 2018-19 school year. The Council’s vision is to be a service
The Wayne Township Trustee Office celebrated our 2018 scholarship winners at the monthly board meeting on July 12th. Eleven students ranging from 5th to 11th graders received certificates and new internet-ready Amazon Fire 7 tablets, and four recent high school graduates going on to higher education
In December of 2017, Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) made news headlines across the state when the agency’s ability to adequately protect Hoosier children was called into question.
To get a full understanding of the issues facing DCS, Gov. Eric Holcomb called for the Child Welfare
The 63rd basic recruit class of the Fort Wayne Police Department has graduated and they’ve become fully commissioned officers. The class is made up of 18 males and 3 females. These men and women have demonstrated a commitment to providing excellent public safety services for our City. Additional
Recently, I announced plans for Fort Wayne to become a TenPoint Coalition city. This is the next step in our Fort Wayne UNITED efforts to influence the lives of young people, families and neighborhoods by implementing proactive strategies to reduce violence and emphasize the importance of education,
I’ve been thinking lately about the Wayne Township Trustee Office mission statement which includes the idea that the Trustee’s office has a dual role of countering the effects of the cycle of poverty while maintaining careful guardianship of the taxpayers’ resources. We fulfill this role by