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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gentlemen's club ordinance just a smokescreen

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Friday, September 01, 2017 12:01 am

Why is Fort Wayne City Councilman (Russ) Jehl wanting a new ordinance regarding the gentlemen's clubs? Councilman Jehl had and still has a opportunity to support an ordinance that would accommodate his and the real needs of our entire community.

The Chronic Problem Property Ordinance would help Councilman Jehl with his moral Issue about the gentlemen's clubs police calls as well as addressing the issues that are turning our neighborhoods into drug-infested shooting galleries and being taken over by slum lords who just want the money with no concerns for the community and neighborhoods.

Councilman Jehl is not the only elected official or so-called city of Fort Wayne leader who needs to get behind the original Chronic Problem Property Ordinance. The Henry administration has been slow in walking the ordinance through the legislative process by having the city of Fort Wayne attorney reviewing the original Chronic Problem Property Ordinance over and over and over, just coming up with a useless, watered down version of the original ordinance. I need to ask, why? Are the campaign contributors putting that much pressure on the Fort Wayne City Council members and the Henry administration to kill or water down the Original Chronic Problem Property Ordinance?

We were told that the State of Indiana representatives are working on a State Chronic Problem Property Bill, but this bill is nothing but a watered down version of the South Bend Chronic Problem Property Ordinance that is useless. This state bill is so watered down that it is useless for the neighborhoods and the entire state of Indiana — another waste of time and money with nothing to help the communities that need help in defense of our homes and neighborhoods.

So why are all of our state, county and city elected officials dodging the responsibility of acting for residents? Are the campaign contributors being paid back for the financial support of their candidates?

Could it be the gentlemen's clubs ordinance is just smoke and mirrors to dodge the wishes of the residents of Fort Wayne? Councilman Jehl's gentlemen's clubs ordinance is nothing more than a slight of hand political trick to hang the shiny bobble in front of the voters, a diversionary political trick to avoid the badly needed REAL Chronic Problem Property Ordinance with real teeth for our police and neighborhood code.

The Henry administration has their heads in the sand for their own political future and in my opinion are hoping Councilman Jehl's useless gentlemen's clubs ordinance gets traction instead of showing true leadership by presenting the neighborhood-supported original Chronic Problem Property Ordinance. Once again I need to ask why are we being hoodwinked and bamboozled into thinking our elected officials are doing something positive for the neighborhoods and residents? Our elected officials are wasting their time and our money with the gentlemen's clubs ordinance that is useless and time-consuming. The gentlemen's clubs ordinance is nothing more than a politically driven dog-and-pony show that achieves nothing for our neighborhoods and community.

We need the original Chronic Problem Property Ordinance as written. The City Council needs to get to work on passing the original ordinance ASAP.

John Modezjewski 

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