ACCESS TV FORTWAYNE – ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Access Fort Wayne is a department of the Allen County Public Library which provides a variety of unique services for the residents of Allen County, Indiana. AFW is a full production facility with two television studios and editing facilities.

AFW originates three cable access television channels (two public channels and one government channel) from the first floor of the Main Library on both Frontier and Comcast cable.
Frontier Comcast
Access One: Channel 25 Access One: Channel 55
Access Two: Channel 27 Access Two: Channel 57
City TV: Channel 28 City TV: Channel 58

Meetings are held every quarter on the first Monday* from 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the Omni Room-Garden Level at Citizens Square - 200 E. Berry Street – Fort Wayne, IN 46802 *(Except September-2nd Monday).

Please click on the links below to watch the Televised Presidents Meetings:

2017 DECEMBER Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

December 4, 2017. Agenda topics: remarks from Mayor Henry; Solid Waste update - new trash collection company; Job Corps; Helping Hands Barbershop; quadrant reports and neighborhood updates.

 

2017 SEPTEMBER Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting September 11, 2017. Topics include Community Survey-Neighborhoods Communication; City Utilities updates; the Clyde Theater project update; Posterity Heights and Scholar House Development.

2017 JUNE Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting  June 5, 2017. Items discussed include Mayor's comments; Councilman Geoff Paddock's overview of projects including the G.E. property; Councilman At-Large Dr. John Crawford's overview of the proposed local income tax rate increase; Toastmasters presentation on How to be an Effective Speaker and Neighborhood Leader; START Fort Wayne - Non-for-profit organization that fosters entrepreneurs and startups in northeast Indiana- Level UP program. 

2017 MARCH Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

March 6, 2017. City Council update by Tom Friestroffer Councilman At-Large; Board of Works' 50/50 cost share program for sidewalks and cost share programs for street lights and alleys; U.S. Census Bureau update and open discussion.

 

2016 DECEMBER Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

December 5, 2016. Topics discussed include Fort Wayne Police and Fire Department updates; My Meds List; and Animal Care & Control updates.

2016  SEPTEMBER Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

September 12, 2016. Posterity Heights Scholar House proposed development; Mount Vernon Neighborhood Association updates; Greater North Anthony Neighborhood updates.

2016 JUNE Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

June 6, 2016. Items discussed include City Council updates; Allen County Community Organizations Active in a Disaster (COAD); FWPD Mass Shooting Awareness; Good of the Order.

2016 MARCH Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

March 7, 2016 meeting. Items discussed include Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association; Fort Wayne Community Schools building referendum - Phase 2; Catholic Charities refugee information; Thrivent Financial Action Team opportunities.

 

2015 DECEMBER Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

December 7, 2015 meeting of Neighborhood Associations' presidents meeting. Items discussed include updates on 311: Citizen Services; FWPD body cameras; The CLYDE - Quimby Village development plans! 

2015 September Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

September 14, 2015 meeting of neighborhood presidents. Guest speakers included: Mayor Tom Henry, Real Estate Attorney Brian Heck, Marlon Wardlow, COO for Parkview Randallia & More!!

2015 JUNE Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

June 1, 2015 meeting of neighborhood presidents. Topics discussed: 2015 street construction projects; Parks projects; Lutheran Health Network "Kids Dart, Be Smart" program; Operation Fight for a Fitter Fort. DAR TEAM Updates!

2015 March Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

March 2, 2015 Meeting of the City neighborhood presidents. Items discussed include updates and presentation made: Solid Waste updates; United Way of Allen County; FWCS transportation reductions; Riverpalooza event. 

 

2014 December Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

December 1, 2014 meeting of the City neighborhood presidents. Items discussed include updates by Mayor Tom Henry; Citilink Updates; Community Transportation Network presentation; quick legal "Check Up" by neighborhood president and attorney Grant Shipley and Q & A with Animal Care & Control officer Randy Thornton.

2014 September Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

September 8, 2014 meeting: Items discussed include Police Chief Garry Hamilton talk of crime stats, Introduction to Fire Chief Eric Lahey, Allen County Election Board, 311 Citizen Services, strategic planning and neighborhood discussion.

2014 June Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

June 2, 2014 meeting of Fort Wayne neighborhood presidents. Topics discussed include street/road/sidewalk updates, Wayne Township Assessor update, street tree planting program, 21st Century Scholars presentation, Animal Care and Control proposed ordinance amendments, Bloomingdale and North Highland neighborhood updates and quadrant updates with good of the order announcements.

Presidents Meeting Survey: pdfPresMtgSurvey June 2014

2014 March Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

March 3, 2014 meeting of Fort Wayne's neighborhood associations' presidents. Topics discussed include City Council update by council president Marty Bender, new Fort Wayne zoning ordinance guidelines, IPFW Alumni's One BIG Day event, Multicultural Council presentation, and open discussion about neighborhoods.

Presidents Meeting Survey:  pdfPresidents Mtg Survey 03-14

 

2013 December Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

December 2, 2013 meeting of Neighborhood Presidents. Items discussed include updates from Mayor Tom Henry, introduction of Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer, presentation update of City Utilities Long Term Control Plan, Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association, Inc. neighborhood grants, Visiting Nurse Fort Wayne Grief Support Outreach, Presidents University updates and RNNC 2013 recap.

Presidents Meeting Survey: pdfPresidents Mtg Survey 12-13

2013 September Neighborhood Presidents' Meeting

September 9, 2013 meeting of the Neighborhood Associations' Presidents hosted by Palermo Galindo, Community Liaison. Guests include 6th District Councilman Glynn Hines (McMillen Community Center); Eric Pulley, Big Brother Big Sisters and board member of the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Herb Hernandez (reincorporating your neighborhood association).

June 3, 2013 meeting of the Neighborhood Associations' Presidents hosted by Palermo Galindo, Community Liaison. Guest Speakers and topics include David Wilkins (Education Vice President of Fort Wayne Chapter of American Institute of Parliamentarians) for Parliamentarian procedures; Ben Miles (Vice President of Parkview Randallia Operations) for introduction and updates on Parkview; Steve Reed (SW Deputy Chief, FWPD) on police statistics and department procedures with Officer Raquel Foster (FWPD PIO); Lizzette Downey (Lutheran Health Network, Community Relations) for Drive Smart-Kids Dart! Campaign.

March 4, 2013 meeting of the Neighborhood Associations' Presidents hosted by Palermo Galindo, Community Liaison. Topics include concrete street repair by Director of Transportation Mario Trevino; :US Census Bureau by Nikol Miller (Chicago Regional Office); Neighborhood Impact Program (NIP), down payment assistance with Irene Paxia, Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services (OHNS); also, quadrant reports and good of the order. Meeting hosted by Community Liaison Palermo Galindo.

Presidents Meeting Survey: pdfPresidents Mtg Survey 03-2013

 

2012 November Neighborhood Presidents’ Meeting

November 5, 2012 meeting of the Neighborhood Associations' Presidents hosted by Palermo Galindo, Community Liaison. Topics include Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, Relational Networking with Randi Lincoln and Randall Brubaker, Quadrant Reports, 311 and Good of the Order.

October 2, 2012 meeting of the Neighborhood Associations' Presidents hosted by Palermo Galindo, Community Liaison. Items of interest include a greeting from Fire Chief Amy Biggs, presentations by Julie Sanchez on 311 call center; Brian Heck on Associations' bylaws, restrictions and compliance issues; Justins Vedder on Williams/Woodland Park Assoc.; Pat Turner (LaRez Assoc.) on RNNC experience; Thiha Bak Kyi on visit from Aung San Suu Kyi to Fort Wayne.

August 6, 2012 meeting of the Neighborhood Associations' Presidents hosted by Palermo Galindo, Community Liaison. Topics include opening remarks by Mayor Tom Henry, Kids Dart, Be Smart - Energizing Indiana (energy savings) and Forte International exchange students.

Information Maintained by

the Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency:

INDIANA CODE 32:

IC 32-25.5-3
Chapter 3. Homeowners Associations

pdf Chapter3 Homeowners Associations

 

 

IC 32-25.5-3-1
Roster of members; member addresses:

Sec. 1. (a) A homeowners association shall maintain:
       (1) a current roster of all members of the association; and
        (2) the mailing address and legal description for each member of the association.
    (b) The homeowners association shall also maintain any electronic mail addresses or facsimile (fax) numbers of those members who have consented to receive notice by electronic mail or facsimile (fax). Electronic mail addresses and facsimile (fax) numbers provided by a member to receive notice by electronic mail or facsimile (fax) shall be removed from the association's records when the member revokes consent to receive notice by electronic mail or facsimile (fax). However, the association is not liable for an erroneous disclosure of an electronic mail address or a facsimile (fax) number for receiving notices.
    (c) The mailing addresses and legal descriptions maintained by a homeowners association under subsection (a):
        (1) shall be made available to a member of the homeowners association upon request;
        (2) may be used by a member of the homeowners association only for a purpose related to the operation of the homeowners association; and
        (3) may not be used by a member of the homeowners association for personal reasons.
    (d) Except as provided in subsection (c), a homeowners association may not sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer information maintained by the homeowners association under this section to any person.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-2
Special meetings:

Sec. 2. (a) In addition to any other meeting held by a board, a board shall hold a special meeting of the members of a homeowners association if at least ten percent (10%) of the members of the homeowners association submit to the board at least one (1) written demand for the special meeting that:
        (1) describes the purpose for which the meeting is to be held; and
        (2) is signed by the members requesting the special meeting.
    (b) If a board does not send out a notice of the date, time, and place for a special meeting not more than thirty (30) days after the date the board receives a valid written demand for the special meeting under subsection (a), a member of the homeowners association who signed the written demand may:
        (1) set the date, time, and place for the special meeting; and


        (2) send out the notice for the special meeting to the other members.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.1-2010, SEC.128.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-3
Annual budget; budget meeting; budget approval

Sec. 3. (a) A homeowners association shall prepare an annual budget.
    (b) The annual budget must reflect:
        (1) the estimated revenues and expenses for the budget year; and
        (2) the estimated surplus or deficit as of the end of the current budget year.
    (c) The homeowners association shall provide each member of the homeowners association with:
        (1) a:
            (A) copy of the proposed annual budget; or
            (B) written notice that a copy of the proposed annual budget is available upon request at no charge to the member; and
        (2) a written notice of the amount of any increase or decrease in a regular annual assessment paid by the members that would occur if the proposed annual budget is approved;
before the homeowners association meeting held under subsection (d).
    (d) Subject to subsection (f), a homeowners association budget must be approved at a meeting of the homeowners association members by a majority of the members of the homeowners association in attendance at a meeting called and conducted in accordance with the requirements of the homeowners association's governing documents.
    (e) For purposes of this section, a member of a homeowners association is considered to be in attendance at a meeting if the member attends:
        (1) in person;
        (2) by proxy; or
        (3) by any other means allowed under:
            (A) state law; or
            (B) the governing documents of the homeowners association.
    (f) If the number of members of the homeowners association in attendance at a meeting held under subsection (d) does not constitute a quorum as defined in the governing documents of the homeowners association, the board may adopt an annual budget for the homeowners association for the ensuing year in an amount that does not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the amount of the last approved homeowners association annual budget. However, the board may adopt an annual budget for the homeowners association for the ensuing year in an amount that does not exceed one hundred ten percent (110%) of the amount of the last approved homeowners

association annual budget if the governing documents of the homeowners association allow the board to adopt an annual budget under this subsection for the ensuing year in an amount that does not exceed one hundred ten percent (110%) of the amount of the last approved homeowners association annual budget.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-4
Approval of certain contracts; meeting; vote:


Sec. 4. (a) This section does not apply to a contract entered into by a board that would resolve, settle, or otherwise satisfy an act of enforcement against a homeowners association for violating a state or local law.
    (b) A board may not enter into any contract that would result in a new assessment or the increase in an existing assessment payable by the affected members of the homeowners association in the amount of more than five hundred dollars ($500) per year for each affected member of the homeowners association unless:
        (1) the board holds at least two (2) homeowners association meetings concerning the contract; and
        (2) the contract is approved by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the affected members of the homeowners association.
    (c) A board shall give notice of the first homeowners association meeting held under subsection (b):
        (1) to each member of the homeowners association; and
        (2) at least seven (7) calendar days before the date the meeting occurs.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-5
Borrowing money; approval by members:


Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to money borrowed by a homeowners association that is needed to:
        (1) resolve, settle, or otherwise satisfy an act of enforcement against the homeowners association for violating a state or local law; or
        (2) address an emergency that affects the public health, safety, or welfare.
    (b) A homeowners association may not borrow money during any calendar year on behalf of the homeowners association in an amount that exceeds the greater of:
        (1) five thousand dollars ($5,000) during any calendar year; or
        (2) if the homeowners association operated under an annual budget in the previous calendar year, an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the previous annual budget of the homeowners association;
unless borrowing the money is approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the homeowners association voting under this section.


    (c) A person who owns a lot, parcel, tract, unit, or interest in land in a subdivision may cast one (1) vote under this section for each lot, parcel, tract, unit, or interest in land in the subdivision that is owned by the person unless the governing documents provide for a different voting procedure.
    (d) A vote held under this section must be conducted by paper ballot.
    (e) A homeowners association shall distribute paper ballots to persons eligible to vote under this section at least thirty (30) days before the date the votes are to be opened and counted.
    (f) Votes cast under this section shall be opened and counted at a public meeting held by the homeowners association.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-6
Grievance resolution procedures:

Sec. 6. The governing documents must include grievance resolution procedures that apply to all members of the homeowners association and the board.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-7
Member voting rights:

Sec. 7. A homeowners association may not suspend the voting rights of a member for nonpayment of any assessments unless:
        (1) the governing documents provide for suspension; and
        (2) the assessments are delinquent for more than six (6) months.
As added by P.L.167-2009, SEC.2.

 

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IC 32-25.5-3-8
Attorney general's action against association or board member; misappropriation or fraud; remedies:

Sec. 8. (a) The attorney general may bring an action against a board or an individual member of a board of a homeowners association if the attorney general finds that:
        (1) the association's funds have been knowingly or intentionally misappropriated or diverted by a board member; or
        (2) a board member has knowingly or intentionally used the board member's position on the board to commit fraud or a criminal act against the association or the association's members.
    (b) A court in which an action is brought under this section may do the following:
        (1) Issue an injunction.
        (2) Order the board member to make restitution to the homeowners association or to a member.
        (3) Order a board member to be removed from the board.
        (4) Order a board member to reimburse the state for the reasonable costs of the attorney general's investigation and prosecution of the violation.
http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title32/ar25.5/ch3.html

 

 

The lesson: If you belong to a homeowners association, ask questions, and get involved – Do it sooner than later! 

A neighbor stated: “Every Home Owner Association needs to have involvement from everybody who lives there," "You can just drive in and out the neighborhood every day and assume things are going to be OK."

Property management experts recommend all homeowners who live in a neighborhood governed by a HOA take these important steps now:

  • Regularly attend your neighborhood's HOA meetings. Some HOAs formally meet once a year while others meet several times each month. Get a list of your HOA scheduled meetings, attend meetings and get to know your neighbors who are on the board. This will not only help you to stay informed of HOA decisions and neighborhood issues, but will also help if you should ever have your own concern to bring to the HOA's attention.
  • Carefully review budgets and expenses. Make sure the numbers add up. Look for expenses that seem odd, too vague or don't make sense. If necessary, ask for clarification to make sure you understand how your money is being spent.
  • Elect qualified board members.  This again means getting to know your neighbors who are running for positions and, of course, voting during HOA elections. Choosing unqualified candidates can cause big trouble. An HOA election should not be a popularity contest. The financial well-being of your neighborhood is at stake.
  • Volunteer and join the board yourself.  Some board positions are elected (in many cases uncontested due to a lack of interest). Other positions are appointed. If you have the time and interest, volunteer for a board position or for a committee assignment to help shape the decisions of your neighborhood.
  • Know your neighborhood rules and restrictions. You are bound by the covenants of your HOA. Those neighborhood rules have the weight of law. Not knowing the rules is not an excuse for breaking them.  If you don't like the rules, make sure you are taking the other steps listed above.

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Homeowners rights

If you break the rules of your homeowners association, be prepared to hear about it.

Most HOAs contract with a property management company to enforce the rules, and that usually begins with a letter in your mailbox.

If there is a repeated problem, property manager will send a letter explaining the concern, and the concern is usually addressed right away.

If you receive a letter alleging a violation of HOA rules and believe you are wrongly accused (or that the HOA is overstepping its authority), it is  recommended to contact the property management company or HOA president and calmly discuss it. 

If the situation cannot be resolved, take a another close look at your HOA covenants and restrictions, and decide whether it's worth your time and expense to fight.

"For most of these cases, court is not the way to go," said Phil Nicely, a longtime real estate attorney in Indianapolis. "As a practical matter, the best way to proceed with an overzealous HOA is to get a new board of directors. If they are not doing their job, get the people out that are running the association and vote some new ones in that are more reasonable."

Indiana lawmakers passed a law that allows Hoosiers to hold their HOAs accountable for acts of mismanagement and fraud.  The law allows the attorney general to file legal action against a HOA and its board members that engaged in illegal or fraudulent activity. The AG may seek injunctions against illegal conduct or seek restitution and civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

Indiana's attorney general applauded the new law.

"Because they impose fees on and require certain things of residents, homeowners associations exist almost as their own form of government," attorney general Greg Zoeller said last summer. "Therefore it is appropriate that they be publicly accountable and subject to review."

http://www.wthr.com/story/19094292/13-investigates-homeowners-associations

 According to the Community Associations Institute, there are more than 314,000 homeowners associations in the United States, impacting more than 62 million people.  The following resources are for those who currently live in a HOA or who are considering moving into a neighborhood governed by a HOA:

Indiana Law Regarding Homeowners Associations

IN ATTORNEY GENERAL-FILE A COMPLAINT

What to Know About Homeowner Associations

What Homeowners' Associations May Regulate

Homeowner associations: Devils or angels?

 

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Neighborhood Associations

Help make our city a great place to live

By Fred McKissack

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It’s one of the nicest evenings of early summer.

It’s warm in West Central. A setting sun enriches the historic neighborhood’s lush foliage. The eclectic designs of the houses — from the stately colonials to small Craftsman homes — speak to the diversity of the residents. Two tattooed hipster girls saunter down Rockhill Street as a family sits on the grassy side of a wooden duplex after what looks to have been a sizeable cookout. On Jefferson Boulevard, cars pass three kids on well-used BMX bikes who cruise by a well-dressed, middle-aged couple strolling hand in hand past the rear of Grace St. John’s Lutheran Church.

One street north of this typical scene in West Central, four row houses in the 800 block of West Washington are a patch of blight, abandoned for at least a decade. What’s going to happen to them soon is an illustration of the issues facing the modern neighborhood association and the possibilities associations represent. West Central’s association has learned it has ways to address even such serious, expensive problems as these four homes.

In May, the City of Fort Wayne announced it would partner with local Belay Corp. to buy and renovate the structures back to single-family homes. The total cost of the project is $500,000 “less the final sale price of the homes,” which will be priced between $80,000 and $120,000.

In its press release announcing the public-private partnership, the mayor’s office wrote: “… the City coordinated its efforts here with the West Central Neighborhood Association, which has considered this row of homes an ongoing eyesore.”

For Charlotte A. Weybright, a 16-year resident of the neighborhood and its association president, the news about the Belay project is an affirmation of the power of a neighborhood association to improve its neighborhood.

“This is great news for us,” Weybright said. “We’re an older neighborhood in the inner core, so we have issues with abandoned homes and crime … the association is set up to protect the neighborhood. This really is the first level of government participation for the people.”

In the mid-1990s, then-Mayor Paul Helmke’s initiation of community-oriented government elevated the traditional importance of Fort Wayne’s neighborhood associations to new prominence. Neighborhood associations, governed by volunteers and funded by membership dues, always have played an important role in advancing communities. Associations are advocates for public safety and better services, as well as a catalyst for renewal and, sometimes, a roadblock to new development.

In a 2001 interview with The News-Sentinel, Helmke said he found neighborhoods to be the most logical and practical political governing unit through which the city could interact with city government.

Tucked inside her planner, Carolyn Devoe, former Historic South Wayne Neighborhood Association president and current secretary of the Southwest Area Partnership, keeps a city parking garage stub signed by Helmke. It marks the day when the mayor signed a stricter rental-housing ordinance, a series of code violations that could be pressed against landlords and tenants.

“I keep it with me as a reminder of what people can do when they work toward the common good,” she said. “It was a war, but it was worth it to protect the neighborhood and its residents.”

How the neighborhood associations interact with city government constantly evolves. In 2001, Mayor Graham Richards carried on the division of the city into four quadrants, each with an advocate and the area partnership, where associations could coordinate their efforts and exchange information and ideas. Under Mayor Tom Henry, the neighborhood advocates were reclassified as community liaisons and, due to budget cuts, the staff was reduced from four to two: Cherise M. Dixie, working with the southeast and northeast quadrants, and Brent Wake, whose responsibilities are the southwest and northwest.

“The name change better reflects what we do, which is work with the associations, businesses and schools,” said Dixie, who grew up in the southeast quadrant but attended high school at Concordia on the city’s north side. The neighborhood associations, she said, play an important role in Fort Wayne. They add a small-town feel, helping residents get involved at the grassroots. Elected officials generally agree.

“An active association typically has an idea of what they value, what’s important for them, what they’d like to see done,” said councilman Tim Pape, who represents the city’s 5th district, which includes West Central. “(They) are enormously helpful in directing city services and investments.”

It’s a sentiment that is shared by three of his council colleagues, Karen Goldner, who serves the city’s 2nd district, Glynn Hines of the 6th district and Liz Brown, a member at large.

There are 400 neighborhood associations in Fort Wayne. They range in size from Illsley Place, a 38-home association near Foster Park on the city’s south side; to the Arlington Park Community Association, which represents 1,200 homes, has its own golf course, a swimming pool, a triple-digit budget and assets of more than $2 million.

Association dues range from $5 to several hundred dollars in the larger, more recent and upscale subdivisions, where membership is likely to be mandatory and unpaid dues can result in liens or legal action. 

West Central is one of the most active associations, a neighborhood that encompasses 470 acres and nearly 1,000 homes on the west edge of downtown, framed by the St. Mary’s River on its north and west and railroad tracks on the south.

Its origins date back to the 1830s. As with many core neighborhoods in the industrial Midwest, the neighborhood changed as the region’s fortunes waned in the 1970s, adding rental properties and absentee landlords and losing commercial and residential buildings to neglect and demolition.

In 1984, according to the association’s history listed in its 2004 plan, a large portion of the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  A smaller area also became a local historic district. The designations sparked a revival. Over the past 25 years, “many rundown homes have been returned to single-family residences,” continues the history in the July 2004 plan. “As a result, property values have risen.”

Essentially, the preservation of property values is the mission of a neighborhood association, for older neighborhoods such as West Central as well as newer subdivisions such as Arlington Park, Countryside Estates and Millstone. If the quality of life is enhanced, if a neighborhood is considered desirable for homebuyers, the value of the homes, even in tough economic times, is protected.

Obviously, maintaining a stable neighborhood goes beyond protecting the aesthetics. Working with the city’s various departments, from code enforcement and police to economic development and public works, is at the forefront of association activities. For example, West Central, Weybright said, has been an influential player in the city’s flood control plan along the St. Mary’s River.

Across town, Tony Ridley, a resident of the southeast since 1960 and president of the Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood Association, has participated in a massive change in his neighborhood. For one, the name: Hanna-Creighton to Renaissance Pointe. Then there is the public-private partnership to redevelop a section of the city that had become a “mini Gary,” Ridley said.

Recently, the YMCA opened a $6 million center at Renaissance Pointe, joining an Allen County Public Library branch, Community Action of Northeast Indiana and the Fort Wayne Urban League in modern quarters along Hanna Street. It’s easy to understand the sense of urgency and hope in Ridley’s voice. Millions were spent on infrastructure upgrades, including sewer and drainage improvements. The credit crunch hurt, but a lease-to-own financing plan sparked interest in potential homebuyers.

Ridley buzzed about a beautification project along South Anthony Boulevard, the sale of Eden Green and the plans to rehab the apartment complex and a $10 million investment in the building of 66 new homes. It’s hoped more “roofs” will lead to more retail and restaurants.

“It’s been a long time coming, and it hasn’t been easy, nor was it the effort of one person,” he said.

Ridley and Heather Presley-Cowen, the city’s deputy director of housing and neighborhood services, pointed to the work and dedication of longtime neighborhood advocates such as Bertha Rogers, Mary Turner and Byram Trice. Presley-Cowen, who likened the neighborhood’s resolve to a phoenix rising, also credited Councilmen Hines and Pape and various faith communities for campaigning for redevelopment.   

Illsley Place is a 38-home neighborhood bounded by Broadway to the west and Beaver to the east and bracketed between West Oakdale Avenue and Rudisill Boulevard.

It’s one of the city’s smallest neighborhood associations. Its annual meeting is held on Memorial Day, according to its president, Adrianne Maurer. The meeting comes after the annual parade by the neighborhood children, which is followed by a party at the home of a resident. She’s lobbied the city for services, including working with ash trees.

Save for the odd garage vandalism, crime is negligible, she said.

It sounds like everything is just fine, yet Maurer, who is currently the president of the Southwest Area Partnership, a group that includes some of the tonier neighborhoods in Southwest and Aboite, sees Illsley Place, due to urban density, as an important link with surrounding neighborhoods. No matter how isolated Illsley Place appears on a map or in person, the economic situations in adjacent communities impact Illsley, Maurer said.

The Packard Area Planning Alliance, for example, consists of Oakdale, Fairfield, Creighton-Home, South Wayne, Williams-Woodland and Illsley Place neighborhoods. It’s a 555-acre area and home to more than 7,600 people of varying socio-economic statuses. It’s 80 percent residential. Founded in 2003, the alliance’s vision statement is simple: to cultivate “the livability and visual appeal of the area through improved preservation and maintenance of existing housing stock, increased emphasis on the historic assets of the area, enhanced recreational and cultural amenities, and heightened community spirit throughout the seven-neighborhood area.”

It’s a pro-active approach to bring attention to a section of the city that, Maurer said, “is the best kept secret in Fort Wayne.” She added: “I’m tired of it being a secret.”
Neighborhood associations can also find themselves at the center of zoning disputes when residents find someone’s plan for nearby property impinges on their quality of life. Residents of Millstone Village, a subdivision west of Lima Road in the city’s northwest quadrant, were embroiled in a battle with Crazy Pinz over the development of an outdoor entertainment area on 9.6 acres of land adjacent to the subdivision. After many meetings and neighborhood appearances at Plan Commission and City Council meetings, Council voted the request down 5-4.

Millstone Village Association President Nicole Woods said despite media reports, the relationship with Crazy Pinz wasn’t always contentious. Indeed, the first page of the association’s fall-winter 2006 newsletter heralded the opening of Crazy Pinz, including the business’s logo and a picture of construction, along with information about a “free day” for local residents for a dry-run opening of the facility. Things have changed. Neighbors have complained to police about noise and vandalism. Council member at-large Marty Bender, a deputy chief of police, told The News-Sentinel he pulled pages of reports detailing police activity at the bowling alley.

Woods said the association’s intent wasn’t to close Crazy Pinz. However, she added, its owners’ wish to rezone would have had a negative effect on the residents. Unfortunately, there could be no compromise.

“No one wants to hear music blaring at 9 p.m. when they’re trying to get their children to sleep,” said Woods, who moved to the neighborhood in 2004. “I’m not sure if this is a success yet,” she cautioned. “This could be a never-ending cycle.”

Goldner, one of the four council members who voted in favor of Crazy Pinz, struck a conciliatory tone when asked about this episode.

“In a democratic system of government, we need to have all interests heard and considered,” she said. “That is not always an easy balance to achieve, but it is better than not having those interests represented.”

One of the more contentious issues involving neighborhood associations is restrictive covenants. Proponents view them as necessary to the common good to preserve both way-of-life and property value. Opponents see the covenants as anathema to the rights of a property owner.

Covenants aren’t a matter of older city neighborhoods contrasting with newer suburban developments, because only the absolutely oldest neighborhoods were developed without covenants. You can look at current covenants online through the county’s recorder’s award-winning neighborhood resource center at www.allencountyrecorder.us.

In Southwood Park, developed in the early 20th century on the city’s south side, residents recently voted to update several items in its restrictive covenant. They eliminated racist language from the covenants dating back to its original platting and enacted rules against splitting single-family homes into duplexes and, with some caveats, renting out single-family homes.

Illsley Place didn’t follow its neighboring association in banning turning homes into rental property. Indeed, Maurer said there are two families in rental homes in the neighborhood, and she finds it effective to include them in the discussion of the association’s decisions.

On the other hand, Millstone Village, a relatively young community in the city’s northwest, has 14 pages of limitations dated to 1992, including the length and width of driveways, dumping, animals (no livestock or poultry) and even oil drilling. There is a separate document for architectural guidelines on the association’s website.

Things that violate a neighborhood’s covenants don’t always violate city code, but sometimes the Neighborhood Code Enforcement department gets involved. Usually, involving code enforcement will help, Millstone’s Nicole Woods said. But there are times when a homeowner’s disobedience of a restrictive covenant requires a stern letter from the association’s attorney.

In West Central, much of which is subject to building restrictions linked to historic preservation, Weybright said she’s gotten calls from residents who wonder why they’re unable to do whatever they want to the exterior of their home.

“Some people are surprised that you just can’t yank out windows, pull down doors or put up aluminum siding,” she said.

County Recorder John McGauley’s advice for home buyers and current home owners is simple: If you intend to buy, check the covenants to see what you can and cannot do; if you’re already a homeowner, check the restrictive covenants before you decide to erect a shed in the backyard or start a home business.McGauley’s office is where liens are filed against homeowners not paying mandatory association dues. Last year, for example, Arlington Park filed liens against 50 homeowners for failure to pay association dues as listed in the neighborhood’s covenants. Not all neighborhoods have the authority or feel compelled to be as aggressive. Countryside Estates is a 130-home neighborhood on the city’s northeast side that was annexed to the city in the mid-1990s. It has problems getting residents to pay $35 yearly dues, money that goes for snow removal and landscaping. The economic downturn has hurt, said Shawn Smith, association president. Attorney fees and court costs are too much to go after scofflaws, he added. Homeowner apathy is a perennial problem across neighborhood associations, regardless of the quadrant. When there’s a problem, people come forward, but it’s hard to sustain involvement when things are quiet. Ten percent of the city’s neighborhood associations are listed as inactive. Even in active communities, board seats go unfilled and homeowner participation at monthly meetings is low.

“People have lots to say, but when it comes time to do something, well …” Smith sighs.

PRESIDENTS UNIVERSITY

A CITY OF FORT WAYNE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

FOR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS

CREATED BY COMMUNITY LIAISON: PALERMO GALINDO

Purpose: Strengthen and improve the skills of the Neighborhood Association Presidents, representatives and/or Quadrant Co-Chairs by developing and incorporating solutions; Increase neighborhood strategies for safety, housing, economic development, health awareness, etc. Integrate management projects for each quadrant through assessment of neighborhood needs.

  • Run effective meetings using parliamentary procedures utilizing Robert Rules of Order / Reincorporation of your neighbohood association / Understand Covenants, Board By-Laws, Restrictions, etc:

Run effective meetings using parliamentary procedures utilizing Robert Rules of Order: Presentation by David Wilkins -Education Vice President of Fort Wayne Chapter of American Institute of Parliamentarians.
June 2013 Presidents Meeting: https://acpl.viebit.com/#f36823f6ffd69a79cda5aca25420828b

Reincorporation of your neighborhood association. Presentation by G. Herb Hernandez – Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board member.
September September 2013 Presidents Meeting: https://acpl.viebit.com/#d8ab7f7173dbc18950fc7f0a4c80d6e0

Homeowners Associations, By-Laws, Covenants, Restrictions & Compliance Issues: Presentation by Brian C. Heck - Real Estate & Zoning Attorney at Beckman Lawson.
October 2012 Presidents Meeting: https://acpl.viebit.com/#9cfb0bebb5e0b4a0870cea34355afd20

  • Increase neighborhood networking, safety, housing, economic, health awareness and others.

Presentation by Ben Miles – Parkview Randallia Vice President Operations. (Networking and Health Awareness)

Presentation by FWPD Deputy Chief Steve Reed and PIO Raquel Foster (Safety) & Southwest Area Partnership Co-Chair Ms. Carolyn Devoe.

June 2013 Presidents Meeting: https://acpl.viebit.com/#f36823f6ffd69a79cda5aca25420828b

  • Develop Integration Solutions (youth leadership development, emerging communities, etc.)

Councilman Glynn Hines District 6th – McMillen Community Center Project

Presentation by Eric Pulley – Big Brothers and Big Sisters Director of Marketing and Recruitment.

September 2013 Presidents Meeting: https://acpl.viebit.com/#d8ab7f7173dbc18950fc7f0a4c80d6e0

  • Management projects for each quadrant and assessment of neighborhood needs.

March 4th Presentation by Nikol M. Miller, Data Dissemination Specialist, Michigan and Indiana -Chicago Regional Office.

March 2013 Presidents Meeting: https://acpl.viebit.com/#aef1d28e30d286712a0dbedfe2d42325

Quadrant demographics utilizing US Census website: http://www.census.gov/

The Fort Wayne Quadrant data below is from the 2010  US Census:

 

QUAD DATA

NE

NW

SE

SW

Total Population

75,934

64,888

52,735

62,762

Male

36,351

31,725

25,331

30,724

Female

39,583

33,163

27,404

32,038

Under 18

18,310

16,426

16,800

16,061

18-64

47,043

40,906

31,163

39,181

65 and up

10,783

7,556

4,772

7,520

White alone or in combination

67,528

56,587

19,901

52,147

Black or African American alone or in combination

6,848

4,696

25,695

6,998

American Indian / Alaskan Native alone or in combination

621

688

703

678

Asian alone or in combination

2,213

2,793

3,365

1,645

Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination

259

89

123

65

Some other race alone or in combination

1,174

2,292

5,179

2,492

Hispanic regardless of race

2,611

4,312

7,934

5,172

         

Note:  Race categories add up to more than the population because of overlap where one race is in combination with another race.

Data is from the 2010 Census of the US Census Bureau: P12. P6, P4

(Table compiled by M.Yamanaka City of Fort Wayne - Planning & Policy - GIS)    

Palermo Galindo - Mayor’s Office – Community Liaison – Citizen Services

Citizens Square, 200 East Berry St., Suite #460 Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Office: 260.427.6214

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Webpage: http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/citizen-services.html

Community Liaison's Neighbor Resource Page

Starting a Neighborhood Association:

It is an important fact: "We all need our neighbors." The homeowners, tenants and businesses that share a neighborhood all have something to gain by working together to improve the communities in which they live. There are differences and diversity that make up neighborhoods interesting and unique places to inhabit. Your participation in the neighborhood's development and welcoming ideas can help address many of the neighborhood's interests and concerns.

The information provided is a draft guide to assist you in starting a neighborhood association and related information on associations. By no means, these suggestions are a complete set of rules that must be followed. It is merely a starting point with helpful hints and methods to effectively organize your association. Legal counsel is always recommended to fit the unique needs of your neighborhood association's By-Laws, Covenants, Restrictions, and Compliance Issues with the City and State.

 

Keep in mind: Each neighborhood is very unique and a consensus on the By-Laws has to be met by the appointed board officers from your association.

https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/starting-a-neighborhood-association.html