Friday, June 29, 2007

Harped Out Of Vote

2 ineligible for Harrison Square vote
Tourism panel mulls funding

"Two of the Allen County commissioners’ appointments to the board overseeing Grand Wayne Center will be ineligible to vote today on whether to provide $2.5 million to Harrison Square."

"Brown said the commissioners learned this week that their appointments have to live outside the Fort Wayne city limits. Both Rousseau and Shaffer live in the city. While Rousseau will have to be removed immediately from the board, Brown said, Shaffer’s case isn’t as clear"

"The convention and tourism board today is scheduled to discuss a proposal from city officials to contribute $250,000 a year for 10 years to help finance a part of the $130 million Harrison Square project."

"Harper, a Republican running for the Fort Wayne City Council, said he learned of the rules when doing a broader review of the laws governing the board. He said the county commissioners need to bring geographical diversity to their boards, but they also need to have good people, and Harper thought Shaffer and Rousseau were well qualified."