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RIVERFRONT PROGRESS CONTINUES; MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO DESIGN PROMENADE

July 27, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne has issued a request for proposals to create schematic drawings, designs and construction documents for the Riverfront Fort Wayne promenade.

The request for proposals was posted on the City’s website http://bidding.cityoffortwayne.org/city.php, as well as emailed to consultants who may want to submit designs. The selected consultant team must have qualifications in landscape architecture, engineering, architecture and urban/graphic design. Proposals are due by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. It’s anticipated a team will be selected by the end of October.

“This is an important next step in creating a riverfront destination that will spur economic growth,” said Mayor Henry. “I continue to be encouraged by the excitement and momentum we’re experiencing in our City. Our community worked together to create a vision of a downtown riverfront with something for everyone. Now, it’s time to take action on that vision and develop the specific designs needed to build the promenade.”

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UPDATE ON CITY'S RESPONSE TO RECENT WEATHER-RELATED DAMAGES

July 24, 2015 - City of Fort Wayne crews continue to lead cleanup and restoration efforts in response to the June 27 wind storm that caused damages throughout the entire City.

City officials today announced that current totals for cleanup and repair efforts are over $500,000. As a result of the expenses, the City of Fort Wayne will go before the Allen County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors to ask for $250,000 to assist with cleanup and repair efforts. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 in Room 035 on the Garden Level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District has funds available to assist municipalities with the disposal of solid waste materials when unanticipated weather events occur. The funds are generated in part through tipping fees paid by solid waste ratepayers in the City of Fort Wayne.

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District was established in 1991 when the Indiana State Legislature enacted House Bill 1240 requiring counties to form Solid Waste Management Districts. All Districts were charged with the responsibility of developing waste management/reduction plans to decrease Indiana’s dependency on landfills. 

“By utilizing Solid Waste Management District funds, we’re able to meet the needs of the community with available funding that assists us in our commitment to delivering excellent services to residents,” said Mayor Tom Henry. 

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CITY OF FORT WAYNE RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO ACQUIRE AND RAZE 18 FLOOD-PRONE PROPERTIES

July 16, 2105 - Governor Mike Pence today announced a federal award of $862,946 to Fort Wayne to purchase and demolish 18 flood-prone structures. 

“This effort in Fort Wayne is about protecting Hoosiers by removing these properties from harm’s way,” Governor Pence said. “In addition to eliminating the flood-damage property risk to the owners, it also keeps Hoosiers safer and prevents repetitive stress to Indiana’s economy. I appreciate the cooperation among the local, state and federal personnel who worked together to move this initiative forward.”

The grant came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and was announced through the FEMA Region V Office in Chicago.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said today’s development is part of a decade-long effort to protect residents and property from floods.

“This is positive news for residents in the City of Fort Wayne as we continue our efforts with state and federal partners to protect our communities,” Mayor Henry said. “In the last 10 years, we’ve moved forward with many proactive flood control improvement projects throughout Fort Wayne. These projects have included storm pipes, earthen berms, flood walls, the creation of more green space to handle flood water and the purchase of more than 100 homes that were prone to flooding. Our investments are making a meaningful difference to assist residents and enhance the quality of life for neighborhoods.” 

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