Mayor Tom Henry Hopes For New Committee To Manage Legacy Funds (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- At Tuesday's city council meeting, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry came one step closer to achieving his hopes of creating a new committee.

The committee would be responsible for reviewing requests for legacy funding.

The fund was outlined to be used on three things: youth sports, downtown development, and riverfront development.

On Tuesday, officials from Mayor Henry's office proposed the idea of creating a new, seven-person committee. Of those seven spots, Mayor Henry would select four members and city council would choose three.

However, city council would still have the final say on which requests get approved.

Fellow democrat to the Mayor, at-large councilman, John Shoaff, disagrees with the new committee and hopes the legacy decision making stays at the power of elected officials. But admits that if the committee is formed, he hopes to see some changes, "Having served on committees of my own over the years, it's best if a committee picks it's own chairman."

Currently, the proposal outlines that the chair would be selected by Mayor Henry.

Shoaff adds, "Number two, there should be equal representation. Six and six, four and four, something different."

The new committee is in preliminary stages. It's expected to be discussed, once again, at next Tuesday's city council meeting.




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