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MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES 15 NEW FIREFIGHTERS TO BE HIRED

August 3, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the Fort Wayne Fire Department will hire 15 new firefighters. Ten of the new firefighters are a result of the City of Fort Wayne receiving a $1.4 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant from the federal government.

Mayor Henry visited Fire Station 9 on Pontiac Street in southeast Fort Wayne and was joined by Fire Chief Eric Lahey and Public Safety Director Rusty York to make the announcement.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help increase the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. The grant received by the City will cover salaries and benefits for 10 new firefighters for two years. Salaries and benefits will then be part of the City budget at the completion of the two years. The additional five new firefighters would be part of the City’s 2016 budget.

The additional firefighters will enhance the fire department’s level of service by ensuring four firefighters are on a fire apparatus/equipment at all times and fill positions that are vacated through anticipated and unanticipated retirements.

“Public safety is a top priority as we work together to ensure the City of Fort Wayne is as safe as possible for residents and businesses,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re fortunate to be in position to increase the number of firefighters we have to meet the needs of our community. Under Chief Lahey’s leadership, the Fort Wayne Fire Department is a leader in making a meaningful difference for all of us. We continue to be committed to building on the positive momentum we’re experiencing in our City.” 

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MAYOR HENRY PROVIDES UPDATE ON CONVERSION TO CITY WATER FOR SOUTHWEST RESIDENTS; SEVERAL THOUSAND MORE RESIDENTS NOW HAVE CITY WATER

 

July 29, 2015 - Today, Mayor Tom Henry and residents of several southwest neighborhoods gathered in the Covington Reserve neighborhood to lift their glasses to the sky. A water toast, to celebrate the success of the neighborhoods that organized petition drives to connect to City water and the success of saving southwest residents more than $800,000 collectively since the switch to City Utilities began eight months ago. 

At today’s ceremony, Mayor Henry thanked residents and City staff and then turned on a fire hydrant to start the flow of City Water. This connection, the largest connection phase since City Utilities took ownership of the old Aqua southwest territory, includes 35 neighborhoods and more than 4,000 customers.

“Nine years ago, residents told me they wanted city water and lower bills, I heard them. Our team worked diligently to bring residents our award-winning, high quality water,” said Mayor Henry. “Our neighborhood leaders worked long hours to collect signatures for a petition drive. This is a story of residents and neighborhoods coming together, working closely with our team to enhance our quality of life for the future.”

Since December of 2014, all customers in the southwest service area, formerly served by Aqua Indiana, have benefited from City Utilities lower water rates even though they weren’t all connected to City water at that time. Those lower fees have saved the average customer about $75 so far. 

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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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