Statement issued Monday:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry and Legacy Fort Wayne Taskforce Co-Chair Jim Vann today established new dates for working sessions to allow for a more thorough consideration of the nearly 1,000 ideas and proposals submitted by residents during the community engagement phase of the initiative. Following discussions with Legacy Task Force members, the Mayor reemphasized that all Task Force meetings, including working sessions, are open to the people of Fort Wayne.
Additional preliminary Task Force review dates have been set for June 30, July 14 and July 28. All discussions will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Fort Wayne City Council Discussion Room, Room 030, on the Garden Level of Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street.
“The Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease settlement funds belong to the people of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “That is why I made community involvement the centerpiece of Legacy Fort Wayne. Over the next few months, additional working sessions will be held to study the hundreds and hundreds of ideas and proposals that have been shared with the Task Force. The public is always welcome to attend those meetings.”
The evaluation tool and scoring forms used by the Task Force throughout the review period will be published at www.LegacyFortWayne.org.
The Legacy Fort Wayne community engagement component spanned the entire month of March and encompassed seven open public forums, five specific audience meetings, group proposals, Meetups, Feedback Fort Wayne, website Idea Form, telephone calls, e-mails, U.S. Mail, hand delivery, Facebook, 311 – One Call To City Hall, and the Mayor’s Night In.
All of the public input assembled during the community involvement piece of Legacy Fort Wayne is being evaluated by the Task Force as the members formulate the recommendations they will make to the Mayor and share with Fort Wayne City Council.
Formed by Mayor Henry, Legacy Fort Wayne is the civic initiative to guide decision making about the Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease Settlement funds.
While Legacy Fort Wayne will unfold over the next several months, the two funds will not become available until the settlement agreement has received the approval of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.