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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
For more than a decade, Indiana has led the nation in fiscal responsibility by passing balanced budgets, cutting taxes, and reducing the size of state government.
The fiscally responsible foundation we have built here in the Hoosier state has helped encourage economic growth and lower unemployment
U.S. News and World Report recently named Indiana’s government the best in the nation.
The ranking was based on budget transparency, government digitalization, fiscal stability and state integrity. The combination of these factors ranked us first overall, but we also fared well in each individual
Early last month our office hosted a public meeting, at the downtown library, of landlords who rent their properties to recipients of Wayne Township assistance. I was pleased that we had a good turnout and were able to answer questions and converse with folks we regularly do business with. Not only
I recently joined officials from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Indiana, Fraternal Order of Police and Fort Wayne UNITED to unveil Blue Bucket Brigade, a community awareness program designed to enhance relationships and partnerships among community organizations, law enforcement and youth.
It is a great honor to represent the people of Senate District 16 in the Indiana State Senate.
Common sense Hoosier values, a strong work ethic, and a compassionate spirit combine to make our part of the state a wonderful place to live.
Each year, I survey my constituents to get their input on current