The citizens of Fort Wayne need to make their voices heard. The Legacy fund is not the mayor’s and the City Council’s piggy bank.
It is to be used for the betterment and education of the Fort Wayne citizens (not just youth). They tried to spend $200,000 around Fort Wayne that had a name like zoo with an arrow, and of those signs 24 were for private businesses.
Here are some ideas:
Find a building that is vacant in the troubled area of Fort Wayne. In that building we bring things like tools for auto, woodworking, computers, electrical, etc. We get instructors from the trades, etc., to teach troubled and possible future troubled folks how to be productive.
Take these babies having babies and teach them in a structured way that they can contribute to society and not have their child end up dead on the streets.
We need to get neighborhood associations in the troubled areas active and they need to help law enforcement. Law enforcement cannot do it alone.
How about we find paying jobs for these folks like having them mow some of the yards that the county and code enforcement have to do every year? They could help the city street department patch streets and work with the right of way department repairing sidewalks. Also, this could be done without laying off city employees.
Every year the city has to pay thousands of dollars to tear down houses. Most have good lumber in them. Why not have these folks do the demolition? Take this good material back to the building I mentioned earlier and turn it into useful products and then sell to contractors or individuals to use in building. The contractor gets a deal, our people make some money, and we saved a tree.
There are many more things we can do. There is no quick short-term cure. We did not get this way overnight, and it will not be corrected in one year.