Mayor Tom Henry is scheduled to make a rare appearance before the City Council on Tuesday to discuss his plans for the Legacy Fund money from the sale and lease of City Light to I&M.
The council is already divided between members who support Henry’s vision of using the money for new, innovative projects that leave a legacy and those who want to use a good portion of the money for tax relief and infrastructure.
Last week, council members faced off on Henry’s proposal regarding the council’s role in spending the money.
The long-awaited, 1.5-mile extension of Maplecrest Road providing a new and needed link between Fort Wayne and New Haven finally opens today. County officials plan an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting. The ceremony will be near Nelson Road and the Do-it-Best corporate offices. Maplecrest will extend from Lake Avenue to Indiana 930 at Adams Center Road.
Finally, 14-year-old Paul Gingerich will get his day in court.
When he was 12, Gingerich helped a friend kill the friend’s stepfather. A Kosciusko County judge did no more than go through the motions of what was supposed to be an in-depth hearing on whether Gingerich should be waived into adult court, nor would he grant his lawyer – appointed just days earlier – a postponement to give him time to prepare. The judge simply determined, with little testimony, to try Gingerich as an adult.
The question is not whether Gingerich deserves punishment as well as an attempt at rehabilitation. Instead, it is whether such a young child should be treated as an adult and whether his due process rights were violated.
The Indiana Court of Appeals will not conduct the proper waiver hearing Gingerich was denied, but it will determine whether he was treated fairly and justly. The court hears oral arguments Tuesday.
The Allen County Ethics Commission is expected to continue its investigation into the traffic stop involving County Councilman Paul Moss when it meets today.
This is the commission’s first meeting since receiving written explanations from police officers involved in the stop.
School Choice Fair
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ annual event to promote its magnet schools and districtwide choice program always has taken place early in the new year, but increased competition has pushed the event to November this year.
The district’s School Choice Fair is set for Saturday at Northrop High School. Attendance areas are established for all schools except for magnets, but parents may apply to send students to any other school. A lottery determines admission for both the magnet school programs and for available spaces at other schools. Applications for transfers will be available at the event and are due Feb. 1.
FWCS magnet programs include Montessori programs at Bunche Early Childhood Center and Towles Intermediate School. Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, Weisser Park Elementary and Memorial Park Middle School offer arts magnet programs, and Croninger and Irwin elementary schools have magnet programs in communications, and math and science, respectively.