Minutes of recent meetings of the Allen County Board of Commissioners can be found by clicking on the links below. Questions about business transacted by the Board of Commissioners can be directed to the Commissioners Office at (260) 449-7555.
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Allen County's employee newsletter, The ACE, can be downloaded by selecting the year and file below. The newsletter is provided in Adobe PDF format.
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In its continuing effort to offer the public easier access to county government information, the office of the Allen County Board of Commissioners has started the process of posting to the Internet contracts approved by the Commissioners.
Beginning with 2010 and going forward, all contracts which are approved and signed by the Commissioners at each legislative session will be scanned and added here.
This information is filtered by year and dates of legislative sessions. Agendas and minutes from each legislative session are also included to help people find specific contracts.
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It is the goal of the Allen County Board of Commissioners and its departments to comply with the provisions of Indiana Code 5-14-3 (Access to Public Records Act) for the County's public records. In an effort to ensure compliance with the Code and to promote full access to the County's public records, the Board of Commissioners on May 7, 2010, approved the Allen County Public Records Policy. This policy covers the Office of the Commissioners along with its departments.
As part of the policy, the County has developed an Access to Public Records request form. This is an OPTIONAL form that the public can use when seeking disclosure of public records. You can download the form, fill it out and save it to your computer, then email it to the address listed on the form. It can also be completed online, then printed and either mailed or faxed to us.
Copies of both the Access to Public Records Policy and the public records request form are available at the offices of the Board of Commissioners and its departments.
The Indiana Public Access Counselor's site provides advice and assistance concerning Indiana's public access laws to members of the public and government officials and their employees.
Important: This office does not handle public records requests involving law enforcement agencies or the courts. Requests for police records will need to be submitted to the specific police department which handled the matter.
Information on requesting copies of marriage licenses, divorce decrees or other court-related records through the Allen County Clerk of the Courts is available by clicking here.
HEALTH DEPT. RECORDS
Information on requesting records from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health -- including birth and death records, affidavits of paternity, medical/vaccination records, health inspection records, and phase I environmental assessments -- is available by clicking here.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION BOARD
This Board is comprised of four members, each serving a one year term. The Allen County Commissioners appoint one member, the Mayor of Fort Wayne appoints one member, the County Council appoints one member, and the Alcohol Beverage Commission in Indianapolis appoints one member, who is also a member of the State Excise Police.
Political party representation must be maintained at two for each party. The ABC appointment is made accordingly so the membership is always equal. All appointments run from January 1 through December 31, including replacements.
ALLEN COUNTY BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
The Allen County Board of Zoning Appeals provides flexibility to the Allen County Zoning Ordinance by allowing exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance under certain circumstances. Also, the Board of Zoning Appeals may allow land uses not otherwise permitted if Zoning Ordinance standards create a hardship for a property owner that relates to the property. In addition, the Board of Zoning Appeals serves as the forum to appeal certain planning and zoning decisions. The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints two members to the board who serve a four year term.
ALLEN COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT BOARD
This Board consists of seven members, all appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners. All members shall be residents of Allen County and appointed without regard to political affiliation. At least two of the members shall be from the building contracting industry, one of whom shall be from the residential building sector and the other from the industrial and commercial building sector. All appointments, except those which fill a vacancy, shall be for a term of four years from January 1 of the year in which the previous term expired. Any vacancy for any cause shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Commissioners. Every member shall serve until his successor has been appointed and qualified. The members may receive an annual salary to be determined by the County Council.
ALLEN COUNTY CHILD CARE FACILITIES DEPARTMENT BOARD
On November 17, 1986, the Allen County Board of Commissioners enacted an ordinance which established the Allen County Child Care Facilities Department to administer and oversee child care facilities in Allen County. In addition, this department is to recommend additional facilities or the reduction of facilities as needed and to insure compliance of Allen County facilities with all applicable state, federal and local rules and regulations for the better health and well being of the children of Allen County.
This department is under the control and administered by the Allen County Board of Commissioners of Allen County, who shall appoint the administrator of said department. The board members shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the following designated entities: one member by the Superior Court Judge, one member by the Director of the Fort Wayne Mental Health Association, one member by the Director of the Allen County Welfare Department or its successor, one member by the Allen County Council, and five members by the Allen County Board of Commissioners.
ALLEN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
This three-member board has very limited powers and duties. Its primary duty is the consideration of applications for industrial revenue bonds.
One member is appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners, one by the Allen County Council, and one by the Mayor of Fort Wayne. Appointments are for four (4) years. All terms run from February 1 after their original appointment. The Commission meets on an as-needed basis.
ALLEN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness Ordinance of Allen County effective May 29, 1975, established a Civil Defense organization that will insure all of the county's facilities are efficiently utilized for disaster preparedness and coordination of response. The Allen County Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council and the Director of Emergency Preparedness will be responsible for all activities in connection with the Civil Defense and disaster programs for the county and will be the instruments through which the Allen County Board of Commissioners exercise the authority and discharge the responsibilities vested in them by Ordinance 78-5-1 (Allen County Code Title 8, Article 8) and by Article 4 of Title 10 of the Indiana Code. Effective July 1, 1993, pursuant to amendment to IC 10-4-1-10, the Allen County Board of Commissioners shall appoint to the Council those volunteers, elected officials and department heads deemed appropriate for effective Civil Defense and disaster planning.
The county emergency management advisory council shall consist of the following individuals or their designees: the president of the county executive; the president of the county fiscal body; the mayor of each city located within the county; one (1) commander of a local civil air patrol unit in the county or the commander's designee. All appointments shall be made annually and run January 1 through December 31.
Additionally, representatives of such private and public agencies or organizations that can be of assistance to emergency management as the organizing group considers appropriate may be made by the Allen County Board of Commissioners. An appointment is made for an organization, not a specific individual.
ALLEN COUNTY EMERGENCY PLANNING & COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW COMMITTEE (LEPC)
On August 10, 1987, the Allen County Board of Commissioners recommended 14 persons to serve on the Allen County Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Committee. The recommendations were submitted to the State Emergency Response Commission, who make the actual appointments.
The committee is a requirement of the federal Community Right-to-Know Law. The primary responsibilities of the committee will be to assist local companies and government in complying with the Right-to-Know Law, and to develop an emergency response plan for Allen County. Federal Law, referred to as 'Title Three', established requirements for federal, state and local governments and industry regarding emergency planning and public reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.
The Allen County Board of Commissioners is responsible for gathering information from Allen County companies/agencies that store and/or use toxic and hazardous chemicals. Allen County government stores the data and makes the data available to the public.
ALLEN COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL COLISEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The five-member Board of Trustees oversees the operation of a sports arena and exposition center. All appointments are made by the Allen County Board of Commissioners and serve a four year term. Appointments expire the first Monday of the year. There must be a political balance maintained on the board with no more than a simple majority of appointments being from the same political party.
ALLEN COUNTY PARK & RECREATION BOARD
On March 15, 1985, the Allen County Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 85-3-15-3 which amended Allen County, Indiana Park and Recreation dated July 19, 1965 as authorized by I.C. 36-10-3. (Allen County Code Title 9, Article 1)
Judge of Circuit Court appoints two members, not more than one shall be affiliated with the same political party; County Commissioners appoint one member, County Council appoints two members, not more than one shall be affiliated with the same political party, Mayor of Fort Wayne appoints one Ex-officio member, a different political party than County; Extension Committee. Ex-officio members have all rights including voting rights. All appointments expire the first Monday in January.
ALLEN COUNTY PLAN COMMISSION
The Plan Commission is responsible for the Allen County Comprehensive Plan, and its implementation 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.
The Plan Commission consists of nine members, all serving a four year term. Five members are appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners, not more than three of whom shall be members of the same political party. One County Council Member and due to their elected positions, the Surveyor, County Agent and a County Commissioner serve on the Plan Commission.
ALLEN COUNTY PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT BOARD OF APPEALS (PTABOA)
PTABOA is composed of individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and knowledgeable in the valuation of property. The fiscal body of the county shall appoint two (2) individuals to the board. At least one (1) of the members appointed by the county fiscal body must be a certified level two or level three assessor-appraiser. The Allen County Board of Commissioners shall appoint three (3) freehold members so that not more than three (3) of the five (5) members may be of the same political party and so that at least three (3) of the five (5) members are residents of the county. At least one (1) of the members appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners must be a certified level two or level three assessor-appraiser. The Board of Commissioners may waive the requirement in this subsection that one (1) of the freehold members appointed by the Board of Commissioners must be a certified level two or level three assessor-appraiser.
The members of the board shall elect a president. The employees of the county assessor shall provide administrative support to PTABOA. The county assessor is a nonvoting member of the board and shall serve as its secretary. The secretary shall keep full and accurate minutes of the proceedings of the board. A majority of the board that includes at least one (1) certified level two or level three assessor-appraiser constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. Any question properly before the board may be decided by the agreement of a majority of the whole board. Appointments shall be made on an annual basis and will run from January 1 to December 31.
ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER BOARD
Established by Allen County Code Ordinance #8-06-03-23 on August 6, 2003 (Title 1-Article 17), the Board consists of three members: one member appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners, and two members from different political parties appointed by a majority vote of the judges who exercise felony or juvenile jurisdiction. The board oversees the Allen County Public Defender's Office who provides criminal defense to indigent defendants in the courts of Allen County as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Indiana Constitution, and Indiana law.
The following persons shall be ineligible to serve as members of the Board:
(a) city employee;
(b) town employee;
(c) county attorney;
(d) law enforcement officer;
(e) judge; or
(f) court employee
ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES
The Board of Library Trustees oversees the operations of the Allen County Public Library system which consists of the main Downtown branch and thirteen additional branches throughout Allen County. Appointments to the board are made as follows: two appointments by the Allen County Board of Commissioners, two appointments by the County Council, two appointments by the Fort Wayne School Board, one appointment by the other three school board presidents acting jointly. A term runs four years from January 1 to December 31, and an appointee can serve no more than four consecutive terms. I.C. 20-14-2.5-3. The Allen County Public Library Board is a Class 1 Board.
ALLEN COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
The Allen County Redevelopment Commission has duties specified by state law that include investigation of blighted areas, selection and acquisition of blighted areas to be redeveloped, and promotion of the use of land in a manner that best serves its inhabitants. The Commission can acquire, hold, and sell property for redevelopment; accept loans, grants, and other financial assistance; and contract for the construction of local public improvements. The Commission's primary duties in recent years have been identifying target areas for industrial development, designation of economic development areas, and undertaking infrastructure projects.
Members of the Allen County Redevelopment Commission are appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners for a one year period, running from January 1 to December 31. Appointees must be 18 years of age and reside in county.
ALLEN COUNTY REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT (ACRWSD)
The ACRWSD is organized as an independent political entity of the State of Indiana and as a body corporate and political. The general purpose is to provide for the collection and disposal of sewage and distribution of water. The governance of the District, and the direction of its works and the control of its property and assets shall be vested in the Board of Trustees consisting of seven (7) voting members, each of whom shall be a registered voter in Allen County, Indiana; in addition, four (4) non-voting, ex-officio members, as hereinafter designated shall be appointed: Three (3) voting members shall be appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners, each for a three (3) year term; two (2) voting members shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, each for a four (4) year term; one (1) voting member shall be a member or designee of the Allen County Council, who shall be appointed for a two (2) year term; one (1) voting member shall be a member or designee from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Board of Health, who shall be appointed for a two (2) year term. The term of any voting member shall expire on the last day of December in the year in which said term is to expire.
The District is not formed for pecuniary or financial gain and no part of the assets, income, or profit of the district is distributable to, or inures to the benefit of its trustees or officers.
ALLEN COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ADVISORY BOARD
The Advisory Board is tasked with assisting in the formulation of the community corrections plan for the community and in appointing the Director of the department. While most board positions are made via an office or position held at the time of appointment, the Allen County Board of Commissioners having latitude in making the following appointments to serve a four-year term: one probation officer, one educational administrator; one representative of a private corrections agency, if such agency exists in County; one mental health administrator; one ex-offender; one county fiscal member; one victim and four lay-persons, at least one of whom must be a member of a minority race and is willing to serve.
ARTS UNITED OF GREATER FORT WAYNE
Established in 1955, Arts United is the third oldest united nonprofit arts fund in the United States and the second largest arts council in the State of Indiana. As the umbrella organization for nonprofit arts groups in northeast Indiana, Arts United provides leadership to the local arts community and is the largest single source of financial support for the arts in the region. The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints one member to the board who serve for one year from January 1 to December 31.
FORT WAYNE-ALLEN COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Airport Authority Board has the financial and policy making responsibility for the Airport Authority. Board members serve as volunteers and receive no payment for their time. The six-member board is composed of three members appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and three members appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners. Board members are appointed to four-year terms. This Board is responsible for both airports in Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport.
FORT WAYNE-ALLEN COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
The Board of Health members are unpaid community volunteers who oversee the Department of Health. The Department of Health promotes and protects the health and well-being of our community through a variety of services and programs. The law requires the board include at least two MD's, one woman, and that it must be partisan. The Mayor of Fort Wayne appoints three members and the remaining four are appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners. The board also selects the Health Commissioner.
ALLEN COUNTY AND FORT WAYNE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD OF MANAGERS
The Board of Managers oversees the use of money from the Supplemental Coliseum Improvement Fund and may use the money to undertake capital improvements within Allen County. The board's authority is derived from IC 36-10-8-6. Three members are appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners and three by the Mayor of Fort Wayne. These six members then select a seventh member, who becomes the president of the board. No more than a simple majority of the Board of Commissioners' or Mayor's appointments may be from the same political party. Each member must have been a resident of the county for at least one year immediately preceding his appointment and serve a two-year term.
THE HISTORY CENTER
The History Center is home to the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, its museum and collections. It maintains a collection of more than 23,000 artifacts, photographs and documents representing the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County. The History Center also oversees the historic Barr Street Market (adjacent to the building). The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints one member of the board to serve a one-year term running from January 1 to December 31 each year.
LEO - CEDARVILLE REGIONAL SANITARY SEWER DISTRICT
This board handles all administrative duties of operating the Leo-Cedarville Regional Sewer District. The Allen County Board of Commissioners make one appointment to the district board who serves a four-year term.
MAUMEE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
The Maumee River Basin Commission was established by I.C. 36-7-6.1 to assist communities in the Indiana portion of the Maumee Basin to reduce flood losses by exercising sound watershed management. Critical to the success of reducing flooding is implementation of comprehensive structural and non-structural flood control measures basin wide. The Commission members play a critical role in the formulation of policy and program recommendations. In 2001, MRBC entered the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) Program and coordinates all Floodplain mapping activity in the Maumee River Basin. The Commission also works closely with communities providing assistance and guidance on a multitude of flood mitigation projects.
To accomplish this, the Commission is composed of representatives from six (6) counties. Allen County is represented by the three (3) County Commissioners (or their official designee), County Surveyor and a member of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board (or their official designee).
NEW HAVEN PLAN COMMISSION
The commission members are appointed based upon their experience and aptitude to review development plans and petitions adhering to the standards set forth in the New Haven Zoning and Subdivision Control Ordinances. Decisions made by Plan Commission members must support the Comprehensive Plan in order that adequate light, air, convenience of access, and safety from fire, flood, and other danger may be secured; that congestion in the public streets may be lessened or avoided; and that the public health, safety, comfort, morals, convenience, and general public welfare may be promoted.
Indiana Code 36-7-4-214 provides that municipality which has jurisdictions outside the incorporated area as the City of New Haven does, must have two members who reside in the unincorporated area and are not of the same political party appointed by the Executive of the County to serve on the Municipal Plan Commission. The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints two members to the commission to serve a four-year term.
NORTHEASTERN INDIANA REGIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL
This Council consists of nine members. Three are appointed by the Allen County Commissioners, one member by the Mayor of Fort Wayne, one member by the Allen County Council. Three members are on this council due to their elected positions as County Commissioner, County Councilman and Mayor of largest city in Dekalb County. One member is the Governor's appointee.
NORTHEAST INDIANA REGIONAL WORKFORCE BOARD
The Workforce Board hires the service provider to run the WorkOne Northeast office. The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints one member to serve as a representative on the board.
SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The three-member Board of Trustees oversees the district which provides fire protection to unincorporated Wayne, unincorporated Pleasant and Lafayette Townships. One trustee is appointed from each township or part of a township contained in the district. Trustees are appointed for a four-year term, which expires on the first Monday of January.
THREE RIVERS AMBULANCE AUTHORITY – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board manages and conducts the competitive bid process for provision of ambulance service, manages the contractor for the provision of service, and determines rates for service. The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints 4 members to the 9-member board with collective expertise in business law, health care administration, finance, and business management. Appointments to the board serve a three-year term.
THREE RIVERS FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints one individual to serve as its Community member on the festival board. A Community member serves a term of four (4) years. The Three Rivers Festival is an annual community tradition which includes a parade, concerts, fireworks, and food vendors during the middle of July.
WABASH RIVER HERITAGE CORRIDOR COMMISSION
The Commission exists to protect and enhance the natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources and encourage sustainable development of the corridor. The Allen County Board of Commissioners appoints one member, and an alternate, so serve on the commission for a two-year term running January 1 to December 31.