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It’s a Very Sad Week in New Haven

We lost a good friend on Tuesday morning. Douglas Geller passed away after putting up a strong and courageous battle with cancer. Doug was not only one of my best friends, he was also involved with pretty much every positive thing that has happened in New Haven over the past 30+ years. He was involved with so many activities and programs, I thought it would be easier to just make a list of the awards and services that I know of. Eagle Scout with Palms and Silver Explorer Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader T-Ball and Little League Coach Vice President of East Suburban Little League Girls Softball Coach Pal Football Coach Life Saving Award from Police Athletic League President of New Haven Methodist Church Men’s Club Board of Directors / Highland Terrace Community Association Board of Directors / Lakes of Scarborough – Ashford Lakes Community Association Joined Emergency 45 in 1985 Served as both a Basic and Advanced EMT Paramedic and State Instructor Served as President of the Emergency 45 Volunteer Association Co-Chair of the Allen County Providers Association Joined New Haven Festival Committee in 1987 – elected VP in 1988 – then served 15 years as President Member of the Indiana State Festival Association Served and was a lead member of the “Save Jury Pool” committee Mayor’s Veteran’s Ride Committee Was the Coordinator and Facilitator of the New Haven Citizen’s Academy New Haven’s Volunteer Coordinator Elected Adams Township Trustee Board Member 2015 Bill Fritcha Memorial Award Winner. I know I’ve just touched on some of the things Doug was involved with. It was just a week ago Monday night that the Mayor awarded Doug the Bill Fritcha Memorial Award. Bill Fritcha was another prized New Haven resident that passed too early. He was known for giving his all to anyone who needed help. Doug was the absolute perfect choice for this award. Unfortunately, Doug was too ill to attend the dinner. Mayor McDonald, my wife Jane and I took it to him after the ceremony. Although he was in a lot of pain, we could see he truly appreciated the consideration.  I accepted the award for Doug and he received a standing ovation from the large group attending. Please watch Bob Nelson’s video to hear Mayor McDonald’s comments. The Citizens Academy was one of Doug’s All-Star efforts.  The Academy is an eight week course to teach residents about how the city runs. Each week, different departments are discussed and tours are given. I was in the first Academy as were several other people now serving our community. It’s important that we carry on and offer this again, but it will be tough without Doug. Whether you knew...

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Winner’s Circle Brew Pub Now Open!

Today was the ribbon cutting at New Haven’s newest attraction.  The Winner’s Circle Brew Pub is now open in the Lutheran Medical Plaza at the corner of State Road 930 and Minnich Road.  The newly remodeled 8000+ square foot facility hosts a full bar featuring local craft brews, a full food menu, and Off Track Betting on horses.  I attended a Grand Opening party on Wednesday night and the electricity in the place was amazing. Everyone was having a great time.  The Winner’s Circle is owned and operated by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana.  They will be open Sunday through Thursday – 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.   Here’s a link to their website:...

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Exciting News about the New Haven Community Foundation

Last Fall, we formed the New Haven Community Foundation. Your donation to the Foundation makes a lasting impact – right here. The Foundation acts as a community savings account. By collecting contributions from people who care about our area, investing those funds carefully and building a healthy endowment, we can use the investment income to help meet our community’s most pressing needs. The idea behind our Foundation is simple: Build a substantial endowment from contributions – both large and small – and use the income it generates to improve the quality of life in New Haven. We’ll make your investment grow instantly! The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has offered $100,000 of matching funds from the Lilly Endowment to help grow the New Haven Community Foundation. Every dollar of contributions we raise will have a 50% match added to it. If we can raise $200,000 by the end of 2015, the Lilly Endowment fund will match $100,000. This is a huge opportunity to grow our Foundation for the future of New Haven. We are thrilled to announce that Bob Taylor, President of Do-it Best has agreed to be our first major corporate sponsor. They are committing $25,000 which will grow to $37,500 with the Lilly Match.  The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has been serving our area since 1922. We’re very excited about partnering with them. They will handle the investments, taxes, and administration of our New Haven fund.  The New Haven Community Foundation is an independent organization, but will work closely with the City of New Haven and the New Haven Chamber of Commerce to enhance our community. What’s an Endowment? An endowment fund in your name, family name or that of a loved one is a lasting way to support your favorite charitable causes throughout your life, leaving a legacy long after you’re gone. It’s a great way to pass on the lessons of philanthropy to your children . . . and theirs. An endowment is a tax-favored charitable fund that is designed to last forever. The principal amount of the fund — your charitable gift — is prudently invested and preserved. As investment earnings accumulate, grants are made to scholarships, directed projects, or activities in the New Haven area. Typically a portion of the investment earnings are retained and added to the principal, causing the balance of the endowment fund to grow over time. Donations to the New Haven Community Foundation are managed and invested by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne with a 501c3 tax deduction status. If you have questions or want to help, please call Craig Dellinger (260) 460-7161 or Charlie Hatten at the New Haven Chamber office (260)...

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Werling Park Trail & Public Meeting

Werling Park now has a newly paved walkway. As part of the street renovation projects going on in New Haven right now, Werling Park is having it’s walking path repaved. The initial trail was constructed by the Park Department a few years ago using asphalt grindings from a road project.  The new surface will be nice and smooth.  Look for more improvements to Werling Park as the budget allows.  Please come over and enjoy the new trail. Thanks to Mike Clendenen for the photos.   Single County Administrator Public Meeting Join us on Wednesday night, August 27, to hear information and ask questions about the Single County Executive referendum being voted on this November 4.  The event will be held at Park Hill Learning Center Auditorium – 1000 Prospect Avenue here in New Haven at 6:00 P.M.  Panelists will include former State Representative Matt Bell, County Commissioner Nelson Peters, and representatives from No To One P.A.C.  Panelists will answer questions submitted by the audience.  This is a great chance to hear opinions from both sides of the issue.  Hope to see you there.  ...

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August 19th Update

Infiltration and Inflow At the Council meeting last Tuesday night, Utility Superintendent Dave Jones and Director of Engineering Keith Schlegel gave us an update on our sewer situation.  The two main issues we’re dealing with are Infiltration (cracks in pipes, bad fittings, bad manholes) and Inflow (illegal connections to our sanitary sewer system from sump pumps and downspouts). Recently, the city has been doing smoke testing. By forcing smoke into the system, they can spot issues and illegal hookups. The last tests revealed a large number of violations and deteriorated pipes. They even located nine catch basins that are still connected to the sanitary sewer.  During the meeting,  Keith showed us video footage from the system that they use to check for obstructions, breakages and bad connections. New Haven’s sewer system was started in the 1920’s. People weren’t as worried then about polluting the rivers or the cost for treatment. It was our hope that when our sewer separation project was completed, we wouldn’t have these issues. It’s much better, but we still have a lot of work to do. Both Keith and Dave are committed to do just that. If you suspect your sump pump or downspout is still connected improperly, please contact Dave at our Utility Department.  He’ll be glad to check it out and explain how to make your system legal.  With the constantly rising sewage fees we pay to Fort Wayne, this problem is getting more and more expensive. We need to stop sending storm water to Fort Wayne and ultimately paying them to treat it. Single County Executive Referendum On November 4th, you’ll have the opportunity to vote on adopting a single executive model of county government.  Last March, Indiana House Bill 1346 was passed authorizing the Allen County referendum on the November Ballot. Allen County has been using the same model of county government for over 100 years.  This new idea of how to structure Allen County government is a great idea or a terrible idea depending on who you talk to. If the referendum is passed, this is what will happen: A new County Council and  County Executive would be elected in November of 2018. The changes would take effect in January, 2019. The three County Commissioners would be replaced with a single elected official. The County Council would expand from four districts and three at-large seats to nine single-member districts. The County Council would assume legislative powers currently controlled by the County Commissioners. The change is supported by Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana and some local business leaders and politicians.  Their reasons for wanting the change include making the decision process more efficient, having a clear...

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Hello, since my previous blog service was discontinued, I’ve rebuilt the blog.  I’m sending this to a list of subscribers that I had saved from this year and propects.  If you don’t want the monthly emails, just click on the Unsubscribe button. You can also edit your information if you’d like.   Click on “read more” to see this months (and previous) blog. Thanks, Craig

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I’m Finally Back! – July Update

Sorry for the delay in posting updates.  I’ve been using GoDaddy since 2008 for blog hosting.  They decided earlier this year to discontinue their Blogcast Service.  They claim that I received an email, but I never saw the memo.  Anyway, on June 25th, my old blog disappeared – along with email addresses of all my subscribers.  They were able to recover some of my old posts, but I had to start fresh with a new site.  So this is the new and improved New Haven News and Comments. They also lost most of my list of subscribers, so I’ve had to start a new list.  If you receive this and don’t want to be on the mailing list (one or two emails a month), just click unsubscribe at the bottom of this page. Road and Sidewalk progress in Scarborough and Arrow Haven  Last month, crews came out and marked all the sidewalk segments that needed repair as well as marking utilities and bad curbs.  I’ve been asked several times when the work is going to start, so here’s the official timeline.  Bids were due to the city by last Thursday (July 10th).  The bids will be presented to the Board of Works on Tuesday, July 15th for selection and approval. The successful bidder will be given the “Notice to Proceed” at that meeting. They’ll have to begin work within 30 days.  The bidder will have up to 150 calendar days to complete the project, but it should be done before that time limit because the asphalt plants typically close for the season around Thanksgiving.  So look for construction by the middle of August. Exciting Expansion News from Continental Diamond Tool For the second time in two and a half years, Continental Diamond Tool located at 1221 Hartzell Street in New Haven, has announced plans to expand its existing facilities. Founded in 1973, Continental Diamond Tool specializes in the design, manufacture, and application of diamond cutting and grinding products and services for industries including medical, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, and electronics. Continental Diamond Tool will invest $400,000 to add 7,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 7,000 square feet of office space. This additional square footage will allow for the purchase and installation of $3.375 million in new manufacturing equipment including CNC Lathes, mold presses, and inspection equipment. At present, the company employs 57 people. Over the next 5 years they plan to hire 47 additional people in manufacturing, sales, management, and clerical positions. Through New Haven Print, I’ve been working with Deb and Ray Viggiano for the past 20 to 30 years – printing their catalogs and spec sheets.  They have expanded a huge amount during that time...

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Spring is Here! . . . well hopefully soon

Even though it’s officially Spring, New Haven is still way too cold for the end of March.  I think we’re all ready for warm temps and things greening up. Sewage Rate Increase coming soon. As much as I hate to say it, the City of New Haven is going to have a significant increase in waste water sewage rates. I’ll try to explain why we have to raise the rates in this blog. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to email me or attend the public hearing at the next City Council Meeting.  It will be held on April 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the City of New Haven Administration Building.  If you live in the city of New Haven, you’ll be receiving a mailing explaining the increases in the next couple days. Sorry this story is so long, but it’s a complicated situation. We rely on the City of Fort Wayne to supply us with drinking water and waste water treatment. The reason sewage rates have to increase is because Fort Wayne has passed along significant increases each of the past 5 years. The last time New Haven increased it’s rates was in 2007 (because of a large rate increase from Fort Wayne in 2006 and the fact that we had to pay for the bonds financing New Haven’s sewer separation project).  In 2007, we paid Fort Wayne $1,015,770 to process our waste water.  In 2013, we paid them $1,658,152. That’s an increase of $642,000 for basically the same services – AND the sewage fees charged by New Haven to residents were down by $55,437 over that same time period.  It’s not hard to see why we can’t continue to operate like this. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) limits the amount of sewage discharged into the rivers. Failing to do this results in fines and limits on future development. That’s one of the reasons we completed the sanitary/storm sewer separation here in New Haven.  Fort Wayne is finally just starting their separation project – so they’re increasing their rates to pay for it. Unfortunately, we don’t see any end to their rate increases in the future.  We’ve done studies to see if building a sewage treatment plant in New Haven would be economically viable. So far, it’s not. We have made preliminary plans to build a overflow treatment plant in order to comply with IDEM’s mandates. That would only operate during heavy rain events, but it would eliminate any sewage releases into the river. We have some time before having to start that, but we had to submit a long term update plan for the city. Any money left over after paying...

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My name is Craig Dellinger. I created this blog as a way to communicate with my neighbors and to receive their feedback and input on community issues. I'm the 3rd District City Councilman in New Haven, as well as the President of New Haven Print. I'm also the current President of the Lakes of Scarborough / Ashford Lakes Community Association.

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