Statement issued Thursday by the Allen County commissioners on city-county co-location:
The Allen County Board of Commissioners released the following statement following Mayor Tom Henry’s news conference this afternoon:
"The Board of Commissioners felt it was important to learn the extent to which Allen County Council was willing to proceed with allocating the necessary funds for co-location proposals currently under consideration with the City of Fort Wayne involving the Renaissance Square building. Given the known costs involved and the mayor’s request for a response before Thanksgiving, we understand the Council’s reluctance to spend more than the $3 million originally allocated for relocating Sheriff’s Department functions currently housed at the Kidder Building.
With the mayor’s announcement today, we will immediately begin studying the best options available to us for filling the space in the City-County Building being vacated by the City.
Though the City has decided to move ahead with its plans, we want to assure the public that the Commissioners will continue to explore opportunities for collaboration with the City in ways that benefit all citizens of our County."