FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – Mayor Tom Henry announced the sidewalk and alley improvement projects that will occur in Fort Wayne neighborhoods as a result of City Council’s passage of an increase in the local income tax.
The .13% increase will generate $8.7 million per year to add new sidewalks to address areas of Fort Wayne Community Schools that currently lack walkways for children, improve alleys and move forward with phases II and III of riverfront development.
Sidewalk projects planned for 2018 (those in bold will begin this year):
- Hessen Cassel Road from Oxford Street to Paulding Road
- Decatur Road from Gable Road to Hanna Street
- Winchester Road from Ardis Lane to Lower Huntington Road
- Stellhorn Road from Sirlin Drive to Maplecrest Road
- Reed Road from Stellhorn to St. Joe Center roads
- North Clinton Street from Colony Drive to Auburn Road
- St. Joe Center Road from Maplecrest Road to Arlington Elementary School
- St. Joe Center Road from Medical Protective Drive to Maplecrest Road
- Bluffton Road from south of Reservation Drive to Dunkelberg Road
- Sidewalk connection between Forest Ridge and Glens of Liberty Mills
Neighborhood alley projects planned for 2018 (those in bold will begin this year):
- Spatz Ave. and Gaywood Dr. from E. Pettit to McKinnie avenues
- Weisser Park Ave. and South Park Dr. from E. Pettit to Congress avenues
- Warsaw and S. Monroe streets from E. Maplegrove Ave. to E. Sherwood Terrace
- Central and Plaza drives from McKee to Pontiac streets
- Buell Dr. and Hoagland Ave. from W. Belmont St. to W. Fairfax Ave.
- Broadway and Beaver Ave. from W. Oakdale Dr. to Kinsmoor Ave.
- W. Packard and Kinnaird avenues from Beaver to S. Wayne avenues
- Kinnaird and W. Wildwood avenues from Beaver to S. Wayne avenues
- Home Ave. and Beechwood Dr. from S. Wayne Ave. to dead end
- Fairfield and Hoagland avenues from Kinnaird to W. Wildwood avenues
- Hoagland Ave. and Shawnee Dr. from W. Wildwood Ave. to Leith St.
- Webster and S. Harrison streets from E. Wildwood Ave. to Killea St.
- Killea and W. Leith streets from S. Calhoun St. to Hoagland Ave.
- Taylor St. and Michigan Ave. from Thompson Ave. to Nelson St.
- Lewis and Hugh streets from Francis to Ohio streets
- Hugh and Eliza streets from Francis to Ohio streets
- Lewis and Hugh streets from Winter to Lillie streets
- Winter and Lillie streets from Lewis to Hayden streets
- Lillie St. and S. Anthony Blvd. from Alliger to Hayden streets
- W. Fourth and Third streets from Schilling to Franklin avenues
- Oakland and Andrew streets from Spring to Fourth streets
- Archer Ave. and Putnam St. from Oakland St. to Sherman Blvd.
- Oakland St. and Sherman Blvd. from Greenlawn to Archer avenues
- Ethel and St. Mary’s avenues from Goshen Ave. to State Blvd.
- Kentucky and Crescent avenues from State Blvd. to Nevada Ave.
“Investing in neighborhood infrastructure and riverfront development will help us continue the positive momentum and investments being experienced in Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry today. “We’re positioning our community and region as a point of destination for job and business growth by providing the public with unique quality of life amenities and strong neighborhoods.”
I thought the last election paved the way for tax relief? Oh wait, the Mayoral race wasn’t on the ballot and our Mayor is a democrat. Nevermind. It’s normal for this administration. By the way, I’m all for updating the infrastructure. It should just be done with funds allocated for it. There is budgetary funds dedicated for this, correct?
And in 15 years when all these sidewalks begin to buckle, sink, and heave, who will pay for the repairs? My neighborhood sidewalks are a danger to pretty much everyone except experienced mountain climbers and professional athletes. Folks who use walkers, canes, strollers, bicycles, skateboards, skates or even just joggers/runners risk falls and broken bones when they use the sidewalks. some folks just give up and walk in the streets. Yeah, that’s a MUCH safer choice. My point is, my neighbors and I cannot afford several hundreds of dollars to SHARE the cost of repair on these sidewalks. How about some of this new money going to take care of what we already have instead of building all new sidewalks?
We have to live on our income and make our budget work. And as tight as it is, Fort Wayne raises our income taxes (which used to be unconstitutional back when we were sane Americans), have a new wheel tax, new vehicle tax, and our wonderful state gov’t raises taxes on our gasoline. They can’t work within their budget so they take from us so that we can’t, either. This isn’t right. The government (city, state, and federal) is a voracious animal that never has enough.