Fort Wayne City Council

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A non-binding resolution supporting hazard pay for civil city and utility employees “put in harm’s way” during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was held for two weeks by the Fort Wayne City Council Tuesday night.

WBOI Presents: April News Roundup 2020

May 9, 2020
Joel Chidls, Justin Hicks, Julia Meek

This week on WBOI Presents, we are listening back to stories from this past month for our April News Roundup.

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A non-binding proposal in Fort Wayne City Council is calling on Allen County’s Capital Improvement Board to help financially support the local hospitality and restaurant industry as the COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on their business across the country.

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Fort Wayne City Council approved an extension of its Public Health Leave and COVID-19 employee policy on a 6-3 vote Tuesday night.

Significant changes have been announced related to city and county government meetings as Northeast Indiana continues to grapple with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Despite a lengthy discussion and an effort to adjust the terms of the proposal, Fort Wayne City Council approved a sewer rate increase of 5% over each of the next five years.

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On a thin 5-4 vote, City Council decided to uphold a pocket veto from Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry relating to changes in the makeup of the Merit Commission of Fort Wayne’s Fire Department.

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Two projects seeking Fort Wayne’s Legacy dollars that were either delayed or shelved due to concerns over the fund’s status will receive some money after all.

 

During City Council’s final meeting of 2019 -- and before the newly-elected body takes over for the next four years -- $700,000 were committed between Science Central and the Questa Foundation.

 

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Fort Wayne City Council heard a proposal Tuesday night seeking to “maximize the business climate in the city and Allen County to drive investment, while being mindful of the public dollars being invested.”

A working group featuring bipartisan Council representation and economic development officials met for the last few months to determine the best stewardship of tax dollars with phase-ins and deferrals. Since 2013, Council has terminated roughly 18 phase-ins for not being compliant.

A proposal requiring Council review of any consultant contract of $25,000 or more was approved unanimously Tuesday night.

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