City Utilities meetings about clean-water infrastructure improvements through July 7

City Utilities is hosting a series of introductory public forums to inform and educate City Utilities customers about the City'€™s long term control plan to significantly reduce combined sewer overflow into Fort Wayne'€™s waterways. This 18-year plan will invest nearly $240 million in clean-water infrastructure that will eliminate up to 90% of the untreated sewage now flowing into our rivers and streams from sewers that carry both raw and storm sewage.

Each meeting will have a 20-minute presentation that provides an overview of the plan. Some locations will feature plans specific to the neighborhood. City Utilities staff will be available at each meeting to answer questions.

All meetings start at 6:30 p.m. The remaining meetings will be:

'€¢    Today, Northwest Area Partnership, North Ridge Baptist Church, 1300 E. Cook Road
'€¢    Monday, June 23, Little Turtle Library; Staffed display and information will be available at this library from 2:00 until meeting time.
'€¢    Tuesday, June 24, Georgetown Library
'€¢    Thursday, June 26, Pontiac Library
'€¢    Monday, July 7, Dupont Library; Staffed display and information will be available at this library from 2:00 until meeting time.

New webmaster joins City

Mark Brown, a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Paul Harding High School, is the City'€™s new webmaster. He started Monday.

With more than 20 years of experience in information technology, Brown previously worked as the webmaster for East Allen County Schools.

Meeting for inactive neighborhood associations southeast

The City of Fort Wayne is hosting a meeting Saturday morning for people from inactive neighborhood associations in the city'€™s southeast quadrant. Representatives from the Fort Wayne Police Department, Neighborhood Code Enforcement, Southeast Area Partnership and other neighborhood leaders will be available to help jumpstart inactive associations. The meeting will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing.

Energy and Environmental Services at Green Expo

Staff members from Energy and Environmental Services and City Utilities will be at Glenbrook Square Friday and Saturday for the Green Expo. Visitors to the booth can pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb and information about keeping fats, oils and greases out of drains and sewers.

City hosting green infrastructure workshop

The Center for Neighborhood Technology will conduct a green infrastructure workshop June 30 for City employees and other stakeholders interested in adding and expanding these structures as part of the City'€™s long term control plan to reduce combined sewer overflow.

According to CNT, green infrastructure is the interconnected network of open spaces and natural areas, such as greenways, wetlands, parks, forest preserves and native plant vegetation, that naturally manages stormwater, reduces flooding risk and improves water quality.

Two representatives from CNT and the executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will conduct the workshop that runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Omni Room of the City-County Building.

Street Department employee goes to Washington to meet with legislators

Nate Thompson, a 10-year City employee in the Street Department, will go to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and congressional staffers June 24 and 25 as part of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning'€™s Lifelong Learning Account Advocacy Day.

CAEL'€™s Lifelong Learning Accounts, offered to City employees, are employee-owned, employer-matched portable accounts to pay for training and education. CAEL selected Thompson because of his success planning his education and receiving additional training. The council is paying for Thompson'€™s expenses.

ARCH recognizes Public Works for Wilt Street restoration

ARCH gave the City of Fort Wayne'€™s Board of Public Works a certificate of commendation for the restoration of brick paving on Wilt Street. ARCH and West Central Neighborhood residents nominated the work for the award.