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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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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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