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CITY UTILITIES' NATIVE PLANT SALE ON SATURDAY AT SALOMON FARM PARK

May 27, 2016 - As part of the effort to encourage residents to install rain gardens on their property, Fort Wayne City Utilities is teaming up with the locally owned Riverview Nursery to provide an opportunity to purchase native perennial plants and to find out how those plants can help support butterflies.

Many rain garden plants provide nectar and larval food for butterflies, such as Marsh Milkweed, a host plant for the monarch butterfly, and Golden Alexander, the host for black swallowtails.

The event on Saturday, May 28, is being coordinated with the creation of a monarch waystation, a habitat for monarchs providing not only milkweed but also other nectar and shelter plants. Residents are invited to help plant this area that will become a certified waystation through Monarch Watch (http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/) and learn more about the importance of native plants and monarch butterflies. 

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WARNING SIGNS INSTALLED NEAR RIVER DAMS

May 25, 2016 - More than 30 signs and buoys are being installed along the St. Joseph and Maumee rivers to promote awareness of the dangers of low-head (small) dams.

A committee made up of representatives from The Pelorus Project, the City of Fort Wayne (Utilities, Community Development and Fire), Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council, Northeast Indiana Water Trails, Tri-State Watershed Alliance, A Better Fort and The Indiana Silverjackets (a voluntary inter-agency natural hazard mitigation team working to protect life, property and resources) came together after last year’s tragic drowning of a kayaker to work to improve safety along the rivers.

The signs will warn of the dangers of dams and the strong recirculating currents created just downstream of the dams. The signs and buoys will be placed in the water, on the riverbanks and on bridges near the St. Joseph dam, the Hosey Street dam and the Leo Cedarville dam. 

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STATEMENT FROM MAYOR TOM HENRY ON GE

May 25, 2016 - The City of Fort Wayne appreciates and supports GE’s commitment to moving forward to explore future development opportunities.

GE’s collaboration with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is a clear indication of a collective commitment to find an appropriate use for the campus.

I’m also encouraged by GE’s willingness and interest in having continued dialogue with my office and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. as we come together as a community to explore ways to redevelop an important corridor in the core of our City. 

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