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FORT WAYNE AWARDED MEDALS THROUGH LET'S MOVE! PROGRAM

April 23, 2014 - The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Mayor Tom Henry and the City of Fort Wayne for completing the key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).

LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas. 

Nine medals were awarded to Fort Wayne for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity.

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MAYOR HENRY LEADS GROUNDBREAKING FOR FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

April 22, 2014 - Just one year after Mayor Tom Henry told residents he would move quickly to protect the neighborhood along the Fairfield Ditch, he joined residents to break ground for a flood control project that will protect the area in the future.

The low-lying area along the Fairfield Ditch in Waynedale, in particular along Dalevue Drive and Fernwood Avenue, has experienced chronic flooding since the 1950’s. For more than 10 years, the City worked closely with the Army Corp of Engineers to find solutions for this flood zone area. It was hoped that the project could receive federal assistance, but with federal funds not available and another flood in the area last spring, Mayor Henry took action and moved forward with voluntary buyouts and additional flood protection measures.

“This project is going to have a positive impact as we continue our proactive efforts to protect neighborhoods and invest in our community,” said Mayor Henry. “I’m appreciative of how our Public Works and City Utilities divisions worked together to develop a solution that will enhance the quality of life for residents impacted by past flooding challenges. I also want to thank the residents in the Dalevue-Fernwood area for their commitment and patience throughout this process.”

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CITY AND AQUA INDIANA PURCHASE AGREEMENT IN PLACE

April 17, 2014 - The City of Fort Wayne and Aqua Indiana have reached a final agreement for the City to purchase Aqua’s water utility in southwest Fort Wayne and resolve the dispute over the purchase price of Aqua’s former north system.

The agreement needs approval from Fort Wayne City Council and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Aqua America’s Board of Directors has approved the agreement.

Two ordinances, one for the purchase of Aqua and the other for a bond to finance the purchase, will be introduced to Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday, April 22. It’s anticipated a public hearing and discussion of the ordinances will occur on Tuesday, May 6. A final vote for approval would be possible on Tuesday, May 13.

“I applaud the efforts of my City team and Aqua for coming together to meet the needs of residents and businesses in our community as we invest in the future. Since taking office in 2008, I’ve been committed to finding a solution to the water situation in southwest Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “A commitment to reliable and high quality water at an affordable price for all residents is critical as we position ourselves as a leader in quality of life, economic development, and job growth.”

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