Phew! Â What a week ahead. Â In addition to the usual City Council and Board of Public Works meetings, there are several other events I hope to cover this week. Â Please look either later in the evening or the next day for coverage on the blog. Â Remember, I do this because I love covering these events, not because I get paid so if something doesn’t happen, it’s not because I didn’t want to. Â Without further ado, here’s the list:
To Be Announced
At some point this week, there will be a press conference to discuss and officially kick off a fund-raising campaign for a lighting project at the Historic Wells Street Bridge. Â This is a beautiful project and I cannot wait for it to become a reality! Â More information. Â Updated @ 10:30 am on 9/22/2008: I’ve received word this has been moved to next week.
There might also be an addition to the on-going series on the proposed Tax Abatement Ordinance changes by Councilwomen Liz Brown and Karen Goldner. Â I’m not going to promise anything definite on this one as it’s still in the development stages. Â UpdatedÂ @ 10:30 am on 9/22/2008: I am in the process of setting this up – it will happen later this week.
Redevelopment Commission meets in a special session to approve Parkview Health’s Letter of Intent concerning the naming rights for Parkview Field. Â Also, they will be approving the transfer of the property for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel into the developer’s hands. Â Details are here.
Also, sometime today I hope to have the Harrison Square budget figures and Hardball Capital contribution information requested last week. Â If you didn’t follow that saga, you may read the posts here.
Before the Fort Wayne City Council meeting, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm at the Grand Wayne Center, Carl Walker representatives will be holding a public input session to gather input on implementing a parking authority for downtown. Â More information.
The Fort Wayne City Council meets tonight at 5:30 pm. Â A link to the agenda along with any highlights will be posted as soon as it’s available. Â
A second session with the Carl Walker representatives at the Grand Wayne Center, this time between 9 am and 10 am.Â Â More information.
Senator Richard Lugar and Citilink will be unveiling a new Hybrid Bus Demo unit. Â
It’s aÂ local collaboration that Â will assess the benefits of a hybrid retrofit drive in a small transit bus application. Â Anticipated benefits include, but are not limited to: increased fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, improved brake performance, low voltage/light weight ultra capacitor, ease of use/installation and transferability of product.
Day of rest! Â Thank goodness! Â Except I’ll probably be setting up for events this weekend.
The Jorge Gonzalez Fundraiser at Headwaters Park. Â Dan or myself will be posting information about this later this week. Â Jorge is a teenager who needs a kidney transplant. Â Unfortunately, the hospital will not do it until another $80,000 is raised. Â It should be a great time with traditional Hispanic entertainment and food!
Stay tuned for coverage and photos!