After years of discussion and planning, New Haven parks officials will take the proposal for a new aquatics center to replace the aging Jury Pool to a public hearing today.
Residents will have the opportunity to give their thoughts on the $5.5 million bond issue that would finance the Jury Aquatics Center. In addition to a competition swimming pool, the center would have a lazy river, splash pads, picnic area and additional parking.
New Haven-Adams Township parks officials propose paying the capital expenditure with the bond issue, with property tax revenues paying off the loan. User fees would pay operating expenses.
It’s a week of celebration at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where officials will mark the start of the new Medical Education Building project and the finish of the Rhinehart Music Center project.
Groundbreaking for the new medical school building is set for Tuesday afternoon, with remarks from IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell, IU President Michael McRobbie and Dean D. Craig Brater of the IU School of Medicine.
The 41,000-square-foot classroom building will be built near Williams Theatre, on the northwest side of campus.
Thirty-two medical students spend their first and second years of training at the Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education, currently located on the third floor of IPFW’s Classroom Medical Building. With the new facility, the program will eventually be expanded to include all four years of medical training.
On Thursday, IPFW will dedicate its 110,000-square-foot music center, home to the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of Music. The building is named in honor of John and Ruth Rhinehart. The $25 million building was paid for by a combination of state funds and donated money. It features the 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall, the 250-seat Rhinehart Recital Hall, piano studios, state-of-the-art recording studios and a student commons.
The gala opening celebration and dedication will feature the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and IPFW musicians.
Meet the candidates
Voters and potential voters have a good opportunity to learn more about candidates for mayor and City Council at a forum Wednesday. Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana is sponsoring this week’s forum at the Allen County Public Library.
And a key deadline is looming next week: The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.
Aqua Indiana, Round 2
After winning a series of legal battles to declare eminent domain and take over Aqua Indiana, the Board of Public Works on Wednesday will hold a hearing on the values for the company’s water and sewer utility north of the city.
The company’s service in Aboite Township is not an issue in the proposed takeover.
The city obtained appraisals that valued the company at slightly less than $17 million, an amount the company may well challenge.
An annual youth conference sponsored by the Allen Superior Court marks its 18th year Thursday. “Assets Come of Age,” is the theme for the popular conference, which draws hundreds of youth service workers and educators each year.
Speakers include Sonia Manzano, better known as Maria on “Sesame Street.” She will speak on the role and responsibility of children’s television programming.
In addition to its keynote speakers, the conference includes workshops on substance abuse, faith-based programs, strategies for working with at-risk youth and other programs.
Fort Wayne Community Schools board members will meet in a special work session Wednesday.
The board is setting its goals as part of the district’s balanced scorecard governance program. The work sessions are public meetings.
The building boom continues in the Northwest Allen County Schools district, where the school board will hold a public hearing Tuesday to meet the legal requirements for issuing bonds for a proposed elementary school.
The $13 million building, which will relieve overcrowding at Huntertown and Hickory Center elementary schools, is planned near Hathaway and Bethel roads. If the project is approved by the board, opponents have 30 days to submit signatures requesting a petition remonstrance drive.
The district’s $64 million expansion of Carroll High School drew a remonstrance last fall but was overwhelmingly approved by property owners.