Council President Marty Bender Hospitalized

By John W. Davis

October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 14, 2010 at 11:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne City Council President Marty Bender was hospitalized with an unknown ailment, Wednesday night.

Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York told Indiana's NewsCenter that Bender was out to dinner Wednesday night, when he became so ill that he was rushed to a local hospital.

York said doctors are not exactly sure what is wrong with Bender but they are performing multiple tests to find out.

Bender's Vice President on Fort Wayne City Council is Mitch Harper.

At this time, Harper will be in charge of all city council meetings.

Meanwhile, during Thursday night's meeting, Harper only shared that Bender was hospitalized and that he was undergoing tests.

In the meantime, Indiana's NewsCenter interviewed Former Fort Wayne City Councilman Don Schmidt.

"We're certainly hoping that Marty gets a quick recovery but while he is out, the Vice President (Mitch Harper) will take over and run the meetings," said Former Fort Wayne City Councilman Don Schmidt.

"But the biggest problem is the fact that you're only going to have eight members there. Therefore, four votes will be able to kill a bill because four in favor, and four against, creates a tie, and with a motion or a vote on a bill, four to four, means the bill loses," said Schmidt.

The next major city council vote will take place on Tuesday, October 26.

Council members are expected to vote on the 2011 Fort Wayne City Budget.

They are also scheduled to vote on a $4.6 million dollar contract regarding the renovation of Renaissance Square.

However, without Bender, both votes could end in 4 to 4 ties.

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