KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – YOUR ALLEN COUNTY PLAN COMMISSION MEMBERS

Government is comprised of many appointed boards and commissions. The one currently drawing the most attention is the Allen County Planning Commission. The following information can be found at the Allen County web address:

http://www.co.allen.in.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=107&Itemid=134

The Allen County Plan Commission is responsible for the Allen County Comprehensive Plan, and its implemetation through the Allen County Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Control Ordinance, and various policies and practices. Guided by the Comprehensive Plan, the Plan Commission controls the type, location, and timing of development in unincorporated Allen County and works with the City of Woodburn, and the Towns of Grabill, Huntertown, and Monroeville. Fort Wayne, New Haven, and Leo-Cedarville have their own plan commissions.

Five of the nine members of the Plan Commission are appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners and the Allen County Council. The Allen County Surveyor, the Allen County Extension Educator, and a township trustee serve on the commission by virtue of the positions. One member of the Board of Commissioners serves as well.

  • Charles J. Bodenhafer, President
  • Allan D. Frisinger, County Surveyor, Vice President
  • Susan L. Hoot
  • Paul Moss, County Council
  • Bill Brown, County Commissioner
  • Harold Kleine, Township Trustee
  • Gonzalee Martin, County Extension Office
  • Ken Neumeister
  • Robert W. Young

Meetings of the Plan Commission are usually held the second and third Thursdays of the month at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. You can see the annual meeting schedule at 2007 Calendar.

I located agendas, but they are about two months behind. The most recent agenda is dated April 10, 2008. The website also contains a segment titled “Allen County Plan Commission Notebook” which contains a summary of the actions taken for a specific month. The Notebook is also two months behind.  While minutes are of necessity published after a meeting, it doesn’t do any good at all to have agendas published after the fact.

A note on the first website page indicates “the date, time, and place of Plan Commission meetings is posted at the principle office of the Plan Commission, Room 630 City-County Building.”

Wow – here’s a thought. How about posting the date, time, and place as well as the current agenda on the website? I mean how many people can just run down to the City County Building to see the notice?

And here is another thought – how about holding meetings at a time when the working public can attend? I work during the day as most people do, so to be able to attend the meetings is almost impossible. It is time to scrutinize these commissions and board.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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5 Responses to KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – YOUR ALLEN COUNTY PLAN COMMISSION MEMBERS

  1. Jeff Pruitt says:

    You’re operating under the assumption that they actually want people to attend and/or stay informed on what they are doing.

    I’m not convinced that assumption is valid…

  2. Jeff:

    Actually I wrote the post with a tongue-in-cheek tone because I realize holding the meetings at those times is a way to restrict participation. I also think the process as far as agendas and minutes has become sloppy and disorganized because no one has pushed it. How many people actually care about the boards and commissions?

    I know you do, I do, and I assume there are others, but for the most part, people don’t care. We go along ho-hum until something happens and then we get mad. But by that time, it is usually too late to do anything.

    I intend to keep writing about the commissions and boards. By the way, do you by any chance know why the Allen County Board of Commissioners purchased 197 acres from Kenneth Neumeister back in October 2007? I may have missed newspaper coverage. The land is located over in the Adams Center Road area around the Paulding Road.

  3. Andy says:

    Totally basing my perceptions of Mr. Neumeister from the public meeting held last Thurs, June 12, one could easily assume Mr. Neumeister is more concerned about his OWN interests, rather than the collective interests of the citizens of Allen County.

    After the TWO lone proponents of the development spoke, a discussion was had by the members of the executive committee as to whether or not the meeting should keep going, or be postponed for a later date and time. If the meeting would have been postponed, that would have meant the hundreds of concerned citizens who took time off of work, obtained babysitters for their children, or who made considerable time arrangements just to be present specifically for this meeting, would NOT have had the opportunity to voice their concerns.

    It is to be noted, Bill Brown took a public stand in favor for the public meeting to continue. Mr. Neumeister, however, seemed bothered by this.

    The meeting continued, and throughout it, Mr. Neumeister appeared agitated at the fact he had to sit and actually LISTEN to the public voice their concerns and state why each one felt the Canyon Cliffs development was a bad idea.

    At one point in the meeting, Mr. Neumeister even spouted off to the citizens present, “Does that make you happy ? ” – in response to a citizen’s question.

    What a response from a man who we are supposed to respect and trust. I ask – is this the example of leadership we have and want here in Allen County ? Can WE do better, and actually have someone on the Plan Commission who cares and is responsive to the citizens of Allen County ???

  4. pat says:

    As someone who followed the battles over the Adams Center Landfill about 10 years ago, battles in which Neumeister was deeply involved lobbying in favor of the dump as a contractor at the site, it is mind-boggling that someone with so little regard for the public interest could ever have been appointed to a governmental position such as the Plan Commission. Neumeister and his ilk are the kind of people who do keep a close watch on County government, unlike the rest of us. Unfortunately, they are usually well wired in, they contribute to the Party, and they are way ahead of the rest of us on just about every issue. It was bad enough when Neumeister had lots of pull with the government, but now, incredibly, he IS THE GOVERNMENT!!!!

  5. Phil Marx says:

    Jeff Pruitt,

    What a cynical response. Obviously you have been living in Allen County for the past few years. (see my comment on Charlotte’s next post)

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