INSTILLING A LIFETIME OF SPORTS TO ALL FW YOUTH – Message From The Mayor

The Lifetime Sports Academy recently wrapped up its 20th summer with more than 1,000 participants this year and a total of 26,950 participants over the last 20 years. Group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming were offered to boys and girls ages 7-18. Lessons focused on skill

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COMBATING INDIANA’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC – Straight From The Senate

Indiana, along with the rest of the United States, continues to face a drug epidemic. Drug overdoses are now the No. 1 cause of accident-related deaths in our state, and addiction is wreaking havoc on Hoosier families and communities.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly

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INDIANA FISCALLY STRONG – Straight From The Senate

Over the past few years, Indiana has been a national leader in fiscal discipline. Auditor of State Tera Klutz recently provided more good news, announcing the state ended Fiscal Year 2017 with a $42 million surplus and nearly $1.8 billion in reserves.

These funds are an important component of protecting

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A DREAM BECOMES REALITY AT QUIMBY VILLAGE – Message From The Mayor

I’m encouraged by the momentum and excitement we’re experiencing in the City of Fort Wayne. A great example is the progress at Quimby Village with the Clyde Theatre project.

I recently joined Even Keel Event Productions President Rick Kinney, members of the Northeast Indiana Regional Development

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SHARON CONRAD, AN ASSET TO PUBLIC SERVICE – Voice Of The Township

This August and September the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be celebrating as a few of our staff members will be reaching their retirement milestones. One of those staffers is Sharon Conrad who has been with the Township since 1997—that’s twenty years of public service!

Sharon has been a real

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO STUDY KEY ISSUES FACING INDIANA – Straight From The Senate

When the Indiana General Assembly is not in session, my colleagues and I spend most of our time living and working in our local communities. This allows us to stay close to our neighbors and constituents, and better understand the various issues Hoosiers deal with every day.

However, we also spend

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CONGRATULATIONS SCHOLARS! – Voice Of The Township

At the most recent Wayne Township Trustee Board Meeting held on the 11th of July, I presented sixteen students with our new Academic Encouragement Awards consisting of a Certificate of Achievement and a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet for each winner. The purpose of this award is to encourage younger students

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SHARING ADVICE ON FINANCIAL NEEDS – Voice Of The Township

As part of our weekly Wednesday training class I talk with clients on many of the practical lessons I have learned from being Trustee and just by living as long as I have. Because the office of the township trustee helps with emergency financial needs, most of the lessons I talk about relate to money,

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NEW LAWS GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1 – Straight From The Senate

During the 2017 legislative session, 272 bills passed out of the Indiana General Assembly, and many of them went into effect July 1.

While some of these bills received a lot of media attention during the legislative session, such as those that work to create a long-term road funding plan and replace

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KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK WAYNEDALE! – Message From The Mayor

The City of Fort Wayne and IPFW are partnering to develop a mobile app for people who use our greenways and trails system. Computer Science Senior Capstone Teams at the university are working with the Greenways & Trails Department on an app to help collect data on trail usage and conditions.

Users

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CELEBRATING THIS MOST AMERICAN OF HOLIDAYS – Voice Of The Township

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday, so the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be open Monday, the 3rd and then closed the following day for the holiday. Unlike many federal holidays that are observed on the nearest Monday, the Fourth is always celebrated on the actual day, wherever it

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CITY PLANS HEARING ON INCOME TAX INCREASE – Message From The Mayor

City Councilmen Dr. John Crawford, Tom Didier, Tom Freistroffer and Glynn Hines recently provided an update on the proposal to invest in neighborhood sidewalks and alleys and riverfront development through an adjustment to the local income tax.

An ordinance has been introduced to increase the local

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MEETING INDIANA’S LONG-TERM ROAD FUNDING NEEDS – Straight From The Senate

Quality roads and bridges are a crucial part of a state’s economic success. In recent years, it has become clear that Indiana needs a long-term, sustainable plan to repair, maintain and build our transportation infrastructure.

To address this issue, lawmakers made road funding a top priority during

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311 CALL CENTER RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL LEADER – Message From The Mayor

I recently joined the City of Fort Wayne’s 311 Call Center, community supporters and neighborhood leaders to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 311 Call Center.

We touted customer service accomplishments through the City’s Citizen Services Department and 311 Call Center, including the launch

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY – Voice Of The Township

With the Great American Cleanup, the Waynedale Parade and our other May activities behind us—isn’t 2017 just flying by—we turn now to our June activities. This month the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be at two events with our information booth; one is the annual Juneteenth celebration at

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STRENGTHENING INDIANA’S WORKFORCE – Straight From The Senate

Workforce development is a crucial issue facing our state today.

While this was a top priority for lawmakers in the recent legislative session, it has not received a lot of attention in the media.

For years, Indiana has worked hard to create a pro-growth, job-friendly business environment. In fact,

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SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS – Straight From The Senate

Every year, we set aside an important day – Memorial Day ­­– to pay tribute to those in the Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the United States safe and free.

Like most Americans, it fills me with a sense of tremendous respect and gratitude to think of the men and women

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WAYNEDALE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE STEPS OFF AT 9AM

Well the seasons are turning again and Memorial Day will be here shortly. The United States has been observing that holiday on the last Monday of May since 1971 when the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” made several national holidays land on Mondays to give workers a three-day weekend. Before 1971

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INVESTING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SIDEWALKS AND TRAILS – Message From The Mayor

The City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division and I recently unveiled the list of 2017 transportation infrastructure projects that will enhance mobility, improve safety and strengthen neighborhoods.

Nearly 500 individual projects in more than 130 neighborhoods will be visible throughout the spring,

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2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP – Straight From The Senate

The Indiana General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session came to an end Saturday, April 22, with the passage of several important pieces of legislation for our state.

In contrast to the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., all but a handful of the bills that passed the General Assembly this year

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THIS SPRING TAKE A BIKE RIDE FROM BIKE SHARE PROGRAM – Message From The Mayor

The City of Fort Wayne’s 311 Call Center received the Game Changer Award, presented by Oracle Service Cloud at the recent Modern Customer Experience Conference hosted by Oracle in Las Vegas.

Fort Wayne was recognized for achieving game-changing results as a support organization through the use of

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REMEMBER MOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY – Voice Of The Township

On Sunday, May 14, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day when we honor our mothers and all the contributions they have made to our lives. My mother passed away when I was only seventeen, but in the short time we were together she influenced me in so many ways for which I am ever thankful.

While I always

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TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR RAS – Voice Of The Township

It’s getting toward the end of the school year, and once again the Wayne Township Trustee Office is taking applications for the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship that we offer to graduating high school seniors who are moving on to higher education. And this year for the first time we are offering

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FAÇADE GRANTS TO IMPROVE WAYNEDALE’S URBAN CORRIDOR – Message From The Mayor

I recently announced that nine local organizations will receive 2017 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. This year’s recipients are all located on well-traveled urban corridors that the City of Fort Wayne is working to revitalize.

The local organizations include Ziegler’s Window

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