City Council notes – 1/5/2010

The Fort Wayne City Council

Notes from tonight’s City Council meeting.

City Clerk Sandy Kennedy is presiding over the City Council meeting’s reorganization meeting.  Council Attorney Joseph Bonahoom is taking role call, followed by Councilman Tom Didier’s singing of the National Anthem.

Councilman John Shoaff is absent.

One nomination by Tom Smith for Council President – Marty Bender.  Carried Unanimously.

Mayor Tom Henry is now addressing the City Council.

Talking about challenges faced in 2009, that 2010 will be just as challenging.  “My door is always open to you…we need to work together.”

Vice-President nominations.  Councilman Mitch Harper nominated by Didier.  No other nominations.  Carried.

City Plan, HANDS, Solid Waste, DID, Economic Alliance Boards (I think I missed one or two) will be looked at next week.

Councilman Glynn Hines is now addressing the Council.  He is presenting an award to out-going president Tom Smith.  Smith is commenting that he appreciated his time and all the hard work by the Council.


Request for designation comes from the current owners.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  8-0 in favor.


Mike Kester and Doug Phasic (sp?) are before the Council.  This will automate the pump operation to prevent overflows.  Currently, personnel has to manually turn the pumps on.  This bid was $36,000 below the next bid and $17,000 below the engineer’s estimate.  There were three bids.

Councilman Tim Pape is asking why this is a good value.  During rains, lime  content increases causing additional sludge to be passed through to later stages of treatment.  This adds increased costs to treatment chemicals.  Response – There are three different places where personnel have to visit, this will centralize it.

Councilman Mitch Harper – expected life?  Response – 25 years.

Councilwoman Liz Brown – used Black and Beach (?) for outside consulting.

Councilman Marty Bender – What happens when flooding occurs?  Equipment is damaged.  Could be hundreds of thousands of dollar.

Approved 8-0 in favor.

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