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MAYOR HENRY AND WAYNEDALE RESIDENTS CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

December 18, 2014 - Extra flood protection is now in place for residents of the Fernwood Avenue and Dalevue Drive neighborhood.

Chronic and repeated flooding has impacted this low-lying area along the Fairfield Ditch since the 1950’s. After another flood in the spring of 2013, Mayor Tom Henry went to the neighborhood, met with residents, and took the necessary steps to move flood protection efforts forward.

Today, Mayor Henry joined residents of the neighborhood to cut a ceremonial ribbon with sandbags, often used in flood-fighting, attached to the ribbon.

“Keeping our neighborhoods healthy creates a momentum that makes Fort Wayne a desirable place to live. I’m pleased with the improvements to protect this neighborhood from flooding and I know it means a lot to the residents,” Mayor Henry said. “I thank them for their patience and for working closely with our staff on this important project.”

Six homes were voluntarily purchased and removed from the neighborhood to create more green space to absorb floodwater. In addition, the City moved forward with installation of a larger, 48-inch stormwater pipe and additional inlets to take water away from the area, and an earthen berm to hold back high water overflowing from the Fairfield Ditch.

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MAYOR HENRY AND COMMUNITY LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS PUBLIC SAFETY

December 17, 2014 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry led a roundtable discussion this morning with about a dozen community and neighborhood leaders to discuss the effectiveness of local public safety initiatives and programs. Public Safety Director Rusty York, Police Chief Garry Hamilton and Allen County Sheriff-Elect David Gladieux served as moderators of the discussion.

Henry’s first “Mayor’s Roundtable on Public Safety” provided an opportunity for an open dialogue about local law enforcement agencies’ proactive public safety efforts. The meeting also focused on how the community can work together and communicate with police officers to enhance public safety services provided moving forward.

Today’s roundtable was the first in a series of public safety discussions that will occur over the next several months. The roundtable format is designed to explore how Fort Wayne’s diverse community can come together to ensure the overall safety of all residents.

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RESIDENTS ASKED TO COMPLETE SOUTH FORT WAYNE RETAIL SURVEY

December 16, 2014 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is asking residents to complete an online survey about shopping and dining preferences in south Fort Wayne. Anyone who shops, dines or lives in urban south Fort Wayne (roughly south of Jefferson Boulevard), is encouraged to complete the survey. (see attached map.)

The survey is being conducted in conjunction with a Market and Retail Analysis examining current and projected commercial market conditions in south Fort Wayne. Gibbs Planning Group of Birmingham, MI, an experienced consulting firm specializing in urban retail planning, is completing the study for the Community Development Division.

Using market data, demographics, interviews with local business people and the survey results, Gibbs will provide an analysis of current market conditions and identify potential for retail, dining, entertainment, personal and professional services, grocery or specialty food shops, lodging and office uses. The report will also make recommendations for enhancing the business climate in south Fort Wayne.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T3V7G76. Hard copies are available at the City’s Community Development Offices, suite 320, Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St. or by calling 311. The deadline for submitting a response is January 9, 2015.

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