City Utilities hosting series of meetings about long term control plan

City Utilities will host a series of introductory public meetings 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 meetings will be at:

'€¢    Thursday, June 12, Northeast Area Partnership, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave.
'€¢    Monday, June 16, Shawnee Branch Library
'€¢    Thursday, June 19, 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.

Fleet manager to serve on environmental panel at national conference

Larry Campbell, fleet manager for the City of Fort Wayne, will be a panelist Monday at the 2008 Government Fleet Expo & Conference in San Diego.

Campbell will talk about the City'€™s successes with hybrid vehicles, biodiesel and other green initiatives including grant opportunities in the “Going Green: What is Working” panel. In 2006, Fort Wayne earned the Fleet of the Year award and has won other awards and recognition for innovative practices.

City, employees collecting food for Community Harvest Food Bank

The City of Fort Wayne and its employees are collecting non-perishable food items for the Community Harvest Food Bank now through June 13. Collection barrels are placed at the elevators on each floor and the lobby of the first floor. Employees and visitors are welcome to donate.

“With the ever increasing costs for food and gas, Fort Wayne residents and families are feeling the economic squeeze,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “This drive helps restock Community Harvest Food Bank'€™s shelves and ensures our fellow residents don'€™t go without necessities.”

Food can also be dropped off at any Fort Wayne Fire Department station between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through June 13. The barrels are located in the area where free blood pressure checks are preformed.

Mayor to address Northeast Indiana Green Build Coalition Thursday

Mayor Tom Henry will talk about the City'€™s commitment to environmentally responsible practices Thursday morning with the Northeast Indiana Green Build Coalition.

The Mayor will speak at 7:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers in the City-County Building.

City employee'€™s needlework on display in lobby of 9th floor

The needlework of Cici Case, associate attorney for the City of Fort Wayne, is on display throughout June in the lobby of the 9th floor of the City-County Building.

Cici Case joined the Embroiderers Guild of America in 1984 while a resident of Pennsylvania, and continued her membership when she moved to Indiana in 1995. She is also a contemporary needleworker, teacher, and finisher, and owner of Cici Case Designs and Miss Cici'€™s Finishing School. Her needlework emphasizes the use of multiple fibers, textures, colors and depth as created through the many stitch combinations found in today'€™s needlework designs (counted cross stitch, specialty stitches, hardanger, drawn thread, and others).

Bringing the completed design to life, striving for perfection as created through stitching, and innovative finishing techniques are her trademarks. The hallmark of her work '€“ whether for pleasure or for professional activities - is the construction of the finished product. In addition to classes at stitching shops, she has taught embroidery and finishing at Embroiderers Guild of America and American Needlework Guild events, Hoosier Stitchers'€™ events, and through online internet forums.  

Maumee Basin documentary earns award

A documentary produced by Fort Wayne City Utilities, the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality and WFWA-TV PBS-39 earned an award of distinction from the Videographer Awards.

“A Watershed Mentality” focuses on the issue of sedimentation in the Maumee River basin, the economic impacts of sediment pollution and how it can be prevented. City Utilities secured and administered a Great Lakes Commission grant for the production of the video as well as provided an in-kind donation of staff services. The documentary has aired locally on PBS and across the country.

Community Service Council starts 13th year with election of new chair

Fort Wayne'€™s Community Service Council will elect a new chair at the 6 p.m. meeting Thursday in the Omni Room at the City-County Building.

Appointed by the Mayor, CSC is comprised of representatives from City and County government, law enforcement, neighborhood association partnerships, businesses, faith-based organizations and community organizations focusing on education, health care, diversity, mental health and youth. For more information about CSC, contact Denise Porter-Ross 427-2603.