Press release from the City:
Mayor Sets Date for First Building Task Force Meeting
Group to Focus on a Community-based Solution to City-County Space Needs
Mayor Tom Henry today announced that the first meeting of the task force of elected officials formed to find a joint solution to the building and space needs of the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County has been scheduled for December 18, 2009 at 11 a.m. The initial session will be held in the Omni Room of the City-County Building. All task force meetings will be open to the public.
“I am pleased that City and County elected officials are coming together so quickly to act on our mutual goal of finding a community-based solution to our building and space needs,” said Mayor Henry. “The City-County Building and 200 East Berry represent a unique opportunity for local government to better serve the public and make the best use of our resources. I am confident that with all decision-making bodies engaged, we can find an answer that will promote greater long-term cooperation and cost savings, benefiting all taxpayers and residents.”
The task force is composed of three Allen County Council members, three Fort Wayne City Council members, the three Allen County Commissioners and Mayor Henry. It will be moderated by John Stafford, Director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Stafford recently chaired the City-County Facilities Working Group.
The facilities working group will provide the model for the task force. Its foundational research, guiding principles and recommendations, as well as the consensus options that emerged from its report, will be the starting point for the new group’s efforts.