Busy Week Ahead….

Phew!  What a week ahead.  In addition to the usual City Council and Board of Public Works meetings, there are several other events I hope to cover this week.  Please look either later in the evening or the next day for coverage on the blog.  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.  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.  This is a beautiful project and I cannot wait for it to become a reality!  More information.  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.  I’m not going to promise anything definite on this one as it’s still in the development stages.  Updated @ 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.  Also, they will be approving the transfer of the property for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel into the developer’s hands.  Details are here.

Also, sometime today I hope to have the Harrison Square budget figures and Hardball Capital contribution information requested last week.  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.  More information.

The Fort Wayne City Council meets tonight at 5:30 pm.  A link to the agenda along with any highlights will be posted as soon as it’s available.  


A second session with the Carl Walker representatives at the Grand Wayne Center, this time between 9 am and 10 am.  More information.


Senator Richard Lugar and Citilink will be unveiling a new Hybrid Bus Demo unit.  

It’s a local collaboration that  will assess the benefits of a hybrid retrofit drive in a small transit bus application.  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.

More information.


Day of rest!  Thank goodness!  Except I’ll probably be setting up for events this weekend.


The Jorge Gonzalez Fundraiser at Headwaters Park.  Dan or myself will be posting information about this later this week.  Jorge is a teenager who needs a kidney transplant.  Unfortunately, the hospital will not do it until another $80,000 is raised.  It should be a great time with traditional Hispanic entertainment and food!

Stay tuned for coverage and photos!

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