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Starting out hot

It wasn’t exactly the start Russ Jehl wanted to his term on the Fort Wayne City Council. In fact, it was exactly what he did not want to happen.

Yet at his first meeting this week, Jehl, R-2nd, was forced to deal with a controversial rezoning and development project in Pine Valley, possibly the largest neighborhood in his district. After the meeting Jehl said a controversial neighborhood project involving Pine Valley was the last thing he would have wanted to handle so early in his term. Several people from the neighborhood attended Tuesday’s meeting.

The proposal was to build a retirement village off Coldwater Road. While Jehl said he had no problems with the proposed development, he agreed with residents that something needed to be done with the intersection of Dupont and Candlewood Way, which sits just north of the proposal. In essence, neighbors want a signal at that intersection.

In the end, Jehl got the council to delay voting on the rezoning to give the developer and city more time to discuss possible changes to help traffic flow in the area.

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