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Focusing on the needs of Residents

Community Oriented Governance:  Government is about problem-solving.   Through the use of presently-existing open-source software, each and every citizen should be able to alert local government of infrastructure and crime problems.  Through technology, citizens can directly help local government track problems and track problem trends.  (2/1/2012) (Inspired by Google Maps; Houston’s Pothole Tracker program; Mumbai’s Pothole Tracker/Fill-in program; Seattle’s Street Light Repair Tracking program; and a variety of self-reporting smart phone apps like Spothole, Pothole Tracker, ParkMobile, Spothero, ParkingMobility, Tip44, and more.)


Green Lantern Program (Community Oriented Policing):  Technology can be everywhere citizens would want police to be.  Through technology, citizens can help themselves, their neighborhoods and police.  (7/15/2017) (Inspired by Detroit’s Green Light program, ISpy Neighborhood Watch software, and other virtual neighborhood watch programs, such as NextDoor and FlockSafety.  Also inspired by The Neighbors smart phone app by The Ring and Tip44.)


Safe Routes to Schools:  Make sure street and school-route improvements are multi-generational, safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities traveling by foot, bicycle, automobile, and public transportation.  The primary focus will initially be on the 2 mile radius around schools that kids are required to walk instead of use the bus.  Make school zones a priority for neighborhood street and sidewalk improvements, starting with the 31 elementary schools contained in the Fort Wayne Community School District. (2/25/2019)(Inspired, in part, by the Tim Smith campaign.)


Children’s and Senior’s Safety House Program:  Reinstate and update former neighborhood Safe House program.  Work in partnership with pre-existing programs such as the Early Childhood Alliance.  (2/7/2019)(Inspired by Los Angeles’ “Safe House Community Program.”)


Reroute Economic Development Dollars to Public Safety Needs:  Shift focus away from Downtown development, but does not abandon Downtown.  No more new  Downtown Improvement District “investment” from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023, effective 11:59 pm EST  November 5, 2019.  Instead, redirect any future potential “investment” back into Districts and neighborhoods.   (1/1/2015)


Water and Sewage Infrastructure Debt:  Review City Utilities revenue and expense reports to find funds to pay down sewage tunnel and water- and sewage-related infrastructure debt.  May need to hire a forensic accountant to assist in review matter.  As needed, reroute funds used for Public Real Estate Development projects from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023, effective 11:59 pm EST November 5, 2019, to aforementioned debt.  Also review current billing practices, make business revisions as needed. (2/7/2019)


Revise Riverfront:  Revise Riverfront development and follows a new less-expensive plan – less “artificially-created” development and more “naturally occurring” development.  Let small business development take the lead, like it was starting to do in 2004, in plans submitted under the Graham Richard’s Administration. (1/1/2015)


SE Strategy/SE Fort Wayne (Revisit Graham Richard’s Plans/Requests for Proposal Initiatives):  Revisit plans originally submitted under the Graham Richard’s Administration as it pertained to Riverfront Development and development in the Southeast Quadrant.  What will it take to revitalize Link’s Wonderland or the Historic Southside Farmers Market?  What can be done to attract a medical facility to the Southeast quadrant?  And will the Menard’s “free land” near the Public Safety Academy ever be turned into an upscale romantic restaurant? Or any stand-along restaurant? (1/1/2015)


Transportation – Mass Transit (Buses):  Work with Citilink to determine why trans-city routes to hospitals take 3 hours or longer, one way.   Map out bus stops and bus stop amenities.  Are fewer bus stops needed? Are more bus stop amenities needed? Are more buses needed? Are district-based bus hubs needed? Is a secondary private bus service needed? Is a transportation commission needed to study the overall local transportation system and determine where the surpluses and gaps are?  (7/15/2017) (Inspired, in part, by my friend Sabrina.  Inspired, in part, by Detroit’s Public Transit System, Chicago’s Public Transit System, and their associated private bus companies.  Also inspired, in part, by other cities’ use of local public transit system to transport children to school.)


Transportation – Maven Car Sharing Program:  Work with General Motors to bring Maven Program to Fort Wayne.  (7/15/2017)


Transportation – Autonomous vehicle corridors (Ridesharing):  Work with Street Department and Citilink to determine auxiliary routes that currently do or could run parallel to existing busy roadways to prepare for the future likely GM-Lyft rideshare roll-out of autonomous vehicle ride rental program.  (7/15/2017)


Transportation – Private Taxi, Towncar and Shuttle Services:  Assist local taxi companies into transforming into more relevant mode of transportation that can work supplemental to current mass transit and rideshare options.  (3/15/2016) (Inspired by Fort Wayne City Council’s passage of a shared-economy/shared-transportation ordinance that eased restrictions on Uber and Lyft without taking into consideration the detrimental impact of the pre-existing local taxi industry.)


Transportation – Public Parking:   Work on a more inclusive public parking design and plan implementation that provides for more handicap parking spaces, more bicycle parking, and starts creating spaces specific to motorcycles, compact hybrid/electric cars, golf carts/electric vehicles and oversized personal trucks.  One size parking space does not fit all. (7/15/2017) (Inspired by local motorcycle enthusiasts and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.)


Special needs – Unsheltered homeless:  Remove “Do Not Sleep” signs in public spaces.  Increase restroom and waste management options in public spaces.  Work with gas stations, libraries, and fast food restaurants on displaying information in restrooms promoting “self-help.” Utilize municipal-operated/taxpayer-owned properties, that meet certain requirements as to staffing and capacity, as temporary extreme weather shelters for the homeless and others in need.  Work with other governmental units to utilize their taxpayer-owned properties, that meet certain requirements as to staffing and capacity, as additional temporary extreme weather shelters for the homeless and others in need.  Work with local churches to expand extreme weather options in a non-denominational way.  No more purchasing “anti-vagrant” benches to fend off the homeless at as they are uncomfortable for expecting mothers during the day. (1/1/2015)


Special needs – Temporary Housing/Camping:  Work with Public Works and City Council to craft regulations that create camping space on taxpayer-owned, municipal-operated real estate adjacent to the current Rivergreenway.  (1/1/2015)


Special needs – Short-term Housing/Tiny Homes:  Work with Public Works and City Council to craft regulations that create to be built on private property.  May also need to work with area homebuilders associations. (1/1/2015)


Special needs – Blind and/or hearing impaired:  Work with restaurants to help better promote their large print and braille menus.  Work with movie theaters to help better promote hearing and visual aid offerings.  Work with museums to create audio tours for the visually-impaired.  Work with the League for the Blind and Disabled, local Lions Clubs, and other local social service organizations to create audio and visual aids in public spaces for those with visual and auditory impairments.  Also need to work with museums, hotels, and Visit Fort Wayne to create walking tours and other tourism products specifically for this community – something to work in tandem with Turnstones special Olympic efforts but in a broader, more inclusive way.  (1/1/2015)


Special needs – Aging:  Work with Public Works and City Council to craft regulations requiring private public restrooms have in-stall trash cans that can accommodate adult sanitary napkins and diapers (Depends) with discretion. (2/28/2019)


Special needs --Mobility impaired:  Work with Street Department to make sure new sidewalk improvements include additional width, at least 24 inches up to 36 inches, to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and mobility scooters (Hoverounds). (2/28/2019)


Special needs – Pregnant women and Breast-feeding mothers:  Work with restaurants and retailers to develop local programs and signage that makes allowances for women to breast-feed their babies in public spaces.   Work with City Council to update local public nudity/public indecency laws. (2/7/2019)  No more purchasing “anti-vagrant” benches to fend off the homeless at as they are uncomfortable for expecting mothers during the day. (1/1/2015)


Special needs – Fishermen and non-hunting nature enthusiasts:  Allow Rivergreenway, and any new public space development that sits on top of the existing Rivergreenway (such as Headwaters Park, the Old Fort, Promenade Park, Lawton Skate Park, Guilden Park, Bloomingdale Park, etc), to be open 24 hours.   All other parks not part of the Rivergreenway system will be closed at the later of sundown or posted times.  Work to create Rivergreenway Volunteer Ranger program to help police rivergreenway.  Work to create Rivergreenway Station program to address riverside restroom and trash management needs. (7/15/2017) (Inpsired by nature stops throughout Eerie County, Ohio and lake side park resources in Steuben, DeKalb, LaGrange, Whitley and other Indiana Counties.)


Special needs – “Hobby Farm” pet owners:  With approval of Fort Wayne City Council, permit Animal Care & Control and local veterinarians to issue pet licenses for milk-producing female goats (does), effective January 1, 2021, for residents located inside Fort Wayne City limits who own and occupy a residence with at minimum one-third acre parcel (or up to three adjacent city lots equaling one-third acre space).   Yard must be fenced in with an outside shed that can adequately house two goats.  No residence shall be permitted no more than and no less than two goats.  Goats must be collared like dogs, licensed like dogs, vaccinated like dogs, and in general treated as dogs.  Residents with goats must still obey the maximum number of domestic, exotic  and/or “hobby farm” pets, which is 5.    The licensing and keeping of goats will be used as a temporary, 2-year case study (January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022) to determine Animal Care & Control’s ability to handle the increased case load of “hobby farm” pets and to determine any special needs overlooked.  If the case study with goats is successful, then, with the approval of Fort Wayne City Council, other “hobby farm” pet classes will be studied, starting with chickens.   If the case study with goats demonstrates a burden beyond the capacity or capabilities of Animal Care & Control, then goats will no longer be treated as “hobby farm” pets and other classes of “hobby farm” pets will not be studied.   Note that local licensing and leash laws may need to be updated.  (6/1/2016)


Ramp up Adventure-Based Recreational Offerings:   Work with small local businesses, where possible, to bring new outdoor recreation opportunities to Fort Wayne, including but not limited to:  a skydiving drop zone, scuba diving and/or snorkeling in man-made “ruins” in local ponds and watering holes, bicycle rentals and other recreational rentals (giant swan-shaped pedal boats, fishing poles, etc) to parks with trails and ponds, outdoor rock climbing (quarry??), increase current offerings of river-based recreational rentals, etc.  See if parasailing on any of the local rivers is an option.  (6/1/2003)


Focus on More Year Round Regional Recreational Offerings:  Work with local and regional fishing-based organizations to better promote fishing as both a sport and a year-round recreational offering.  (1/1/2018)

Committee to Elect Gina Burgess d/b/a VOTE GINA BURGESS
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