I see by my calendar that February 20th is Presidents Day. Now, as I recall, there was no such holiday when I was growing up. There were two United States presidents that we honored in February—Abraham Lincoln whose birthday was on February 12th and George Washington, born on the 22nd. So, being
The recent vote by City Council to approve Legacy funding in the form of a loan for The Landing project shows our collective effort to continue the momentum and investments we’re experiencing in the City of Fort Wayne.
Quality of place is a key component to economic development efforts. A vibrant
Kids deserve to have a safe and healthy school environment where they are free to learn and grow.
The overwhelming majority of Indiana’s school employees work hard every day to provide such an environment – enabling our state’s next generation to be prepared for success in life.
With 14 interstates, more than 11,000 miles of highway and 4,500 miles of rail, Indiana truly is the Crossroads of America.
Our transportation infrastructure not only helps Hoosiers get where they need to go each day, it also supports our growing economy. Because Indiana is within a day’s drive of
February is Black History Month, and this week I’d like to share a little background on how that celebration came to be. In the early part of the twentieth century historian Carter G. Woodson, became convinced that African American history and the history of other cultures was being ignored or misrepresented
I recently joined Police Chief Steve Reed to outline efforts designed to address public safety issues in the City of Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne and cities across the country are experiencing increases in homicides, shootings and drug overdoses. As a result, the Fort Wayne Police Department continues to
The Indiana General Assembly is now in session. I recently joined several of my colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus to announce our priorities for the 2017 session, which will last through the end of April.
The priorities we are advancing this year ensure Indiana maintains a balanced budget
Happy New Year to all of you! I want to thank all residents in Fort Wayne for a great 2016. We saw a tremendous amount of momentum and excitement throughout our entire City.
Some of the highlights included record investments of $25 million in neighborhood infrastructure improvements. Our downtown saw
This time of year there’s a lot of talk about football and the teamwork involved in ensuring a winning season. This brings to my mind what the great Vince Lombardi said about teamwork, that “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of
The Wayne Township Trustee Office has been hard at work helping assure that all families can enjoy a happy holiday this year. Earlier this month we distributed cheer to over 40 needy families who came to our office to pick up gifts donated through the Allen County Christmas Bureau. It was such fun
I wrote this article for The Waynedale News’ Christmas edition ten years ago, but I think it’s worth another turn around the block. This is a story that truly puts me in the holiday mood.
For those of you who have not read or heard of the book/poem “A Cup of Christmas Tea” by Tom Hegg, you’re
I recently joined Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll to provide an update on the 2016 capital improvement projects in our parks and facilities operated by the Parks & Recreation Department.
Over 60 projects were started and completed in 2016 and more than 30 projects are still in progress
Over the last decade, Indiana has emerged as a national leader in fiscal management and economic growth. We take pride in our common-sense budgeting and economic policies that attract top businesses who hire hard-working Hoosiers.
Our record for maintaining a balanced budget has helped Indiana hold
The Legacy Joint Funding Committee recently approved a request of $10 million in Legacy funding to assist with the construction investment for the first phase of riverfront development.
The nine-member committee is responsible for reviewing requests for Legacy funding. The committee is comprised of
At this time of year many of you are thinking more about doing for others—with shopping, decorating, baking—than about attending to yourselves. I would like to revisit a past column on this subject, because I think it’s important to remind everyone to keep tabs on your personal well-being as
The Indiana General Assembly will convene for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session on Tuesday, November 22 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
“Organization Day,” as it is commonly referred to, gives new and returning legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff
It was recently announced that City of Fort Wayne Director of Public Safety Rusty York will retire effective December 1.
Rusty has served as director of public safety since January 2014. He served as police chief from 2000-2014. Rusty has 39 years of public safety experience.
As director of public safety
Some years ago I had the opportunity to become a foster parent to four young children, three of whom were still in diapers. Before they could come home with us, my wife and I were required by Child Protective Services to take a First Aid/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) course that taught us what
The 2017 session of the General Assembly in Indiana is quickly approaching. This session is usually described as a “long session”. The Bi-annual budget for the state is crafted during a long session. In 2015 (the last budget cycle) the State of Indiana passed a $31 billion bi-annual
As Americans, it is important to honor our military service men and women who have made great sacrifices to defend our country’s freedom.
While we owe this debt of gratitude each and every day, Veterans Day provides a special opportunity each year to show our support for those individuals who have
I’m encouraged by the beginning of construction on the $40 million Skyline Tower project in downtown Fort Wayne. The mixed-use development, led by Great Lakes Capital, a real estate private equity firm with offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend, features apartments and office and retail space along
On October 21 the Wayne Township Trustee Office participated in the annual Stand Down event held at the Volunteers of America-Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne. It was a crisp fall day and a little cold working our booth outside and under a tent, but it was a
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently announced the official launch of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship for high-achieving students pursuing a career in education.
This scholarship program was established by House Enrolled Act 1002, which passed with my support during
The Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) is taking proactive steps to address chronic problem properties (CPP) in the City of Fort Wayne.
A new ordinance has been introduced that would help public safety personnel reduce repeat nuisance calls for service at problem properties. The effort is designed
We’ve had some beautiful October days here in Wayne Township, but we all know that cold, winter weather will be coming soon. And, with that comes an increase in utility bills due to the cost of heating our homes. One of our most important functions here at the trustee’s office is to help eligible