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City Council begins building Legacy panel

Didier, Paddock delay $1.6 million proposal until ready

Whenever it’s finalized, the committee being formed to review projects vying for the city’s Legacy funds will have at least one idea awaiting approval.

Two councilmen who introduced a resolution to use $1.6 million of Legacy money to build up to four fields for the nonprofit World Baseball Academy decided to table their proposal during a meeting Tuesday.

Even though City Council can introduce and approve projects for Legacy money, Tom Didier, R-3rd, and Geoff Paddock, D-5th, decided to hold back on their proposal so it could go through the new committee.

The Legacy Fund is money from the sale and lease of the city’s old electric utility.

Last month, at the behest of Mayor Tom Henry, the Council agreed to create a committee to review projects requesting money from the fund.

"We thought it best, even though we feel confident about the project, to wait for it to go through the process, to give it the scrutiny it deserves," Didier said.

The committee will consist of three members of the mayoral administration, three members of City Council and three city residents – one each appointed by Council and the mayor, and the third by the rest of the panel.

Tuesday, City Council appointed Didier, Paddock and Tom Smith, R-1st, as its members of the committee. They will join the mayor’s appointees of Al Moll, director of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department; Heather Presley-Cowen, deputy director of the city’s Community Development Division; Stephanie Crandall, the city’s legislative and business liaison; and Ron Turpin, the resident of the group and head of financial operations-distribution at Lincoln Financial Group.

City Council will announce candidates for its resident appointee next week.

It’s not yet known when the committee will be finalized.