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Council OKs road, utility projects

January 9, 2019

In three unanimous votes Tuesday, the Fort Wayne City Council approved more than $2 million in roads and utility improvement projects expected to begin this year. 

The largest project will cost just shy of 222,629 for brick alley reconstruction on Beaver, Indiana, West Wildwood and Kinnaird avenues on the city’s south side.

The third project, which will cost $618,500, will repair and replace 12 collapsed sewers and deteriorated manholes throughout the city. 

“These locations were identified during our cured-in-place pipe process. They televised the pipe and these are compromised so bad we can’t line the pipe, so we need to go in and fix those,” said Mike Kiester, City Utilities engineering manager. “Once we get them fixed we’ll come back in and line them.”

It’s critical to get in and repair the collapsed sewer lines, Kiester said, because if the pipes fail any further, they could cause backups and overflows. 

In a 7-2 vote, the council approved a tax abatement form Key Millwork Inc. and Weigand Properties LLC for a 43,800.  

In other business, City Council elected Councilman John Crawford, R-at large, president for 2019. Crawford is seeking the Republican mayoral nomination for the 2019 municipal election. Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, serving his final term on the council, was elected the body’s vice president.

Hines, who returned to the council table Tuesday following a kidney transplant, previously announced he will not seek another term in November. He is in his 20th year as a City Council member. 

“I guess this is the fifth time I’ve been president. I’m often made president during the election year : I’m not sure if it’s an honor or a punishment,” Crawford said, chuckling.

“Things sometimes get a little twitchy during election years, and I want us all to keep our mind on our business. Good policy is good politics, and I think if we all remember that we’ll all do well in every way.” 

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