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Transportation plan gets a test drive

The Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council is working on updating its Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan for Allen County. The plan is a fairly lengthy and complicated document, but basically it details local programs and projects meant to ensure at-risk residents – those with disabilities and the elderly and low income – have access to transportation services.

Most importantly, the plan is a requirement for access to several federal transportation money streams.

On Wednesday, NIRCC is holding two public information meetings about the proposal. The meetings are a chance for community leaders, human services providers and public transportation supporters to learn more about the plan and how local agencies, such as Citilink, Countilink, the Community Transportation Network and the St. Vincent De Paul Carevan, could be affected by the plan.

NIRCC planners are specifically looking for feedback from the public to ensure the plan accurately identifies local public transportation needs and potential gaps in service.

A draft of the plan is available at for public review.

Taxes and holiday

Tuesday is the deadline to pay Allen County property taxes – but options to pay them today are limited.

Though payments can be made at the Treasurer’s Office in the Rousseau Centre or at many local banks, all county offices – as well as many other government offices and banks – are closed today for Veterans Day.

The treasurer’s office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and payments can also be mailed to Allen County Treasurer, P.O. Box 2540, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

Bills can also be paid online at

Schools project

Fort Wayne Community Schools board meets today to consider a resolution authorizing the first of the bond issues for school-repair projects approved by voters in May.

Kathy Friend, chief financial officer for the district, said the $7 million general obligation bond will cover the early costs of the project, including architectural design work. A larger bond will be issued in the spring, she said, but the district didn’t want to borrow money before it is needed. Payback on the initial bond is over a two-year period. The $119 million building project will be broken into a series of bond issues.

The individual building projects are now being reviewed, with the board expected to consider approval in December. Construction work is expected to begin late next spring.

To attend

FWCS meeting: 6 p.m., Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St.
NIRCC meetings: 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Omni Room at Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

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