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Fort Wayne City Council votes to probe withdrawal of Electric Works EDA

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - By a vote of 5-to-3, the City Council on Tuesday backed an ordinance that will launch an investigation into the decision to withdraw public support from the Electric Works project.

Council members who supported the measure cited reasons ranging from the importance of the project to concerns with Mayor Tom Henry and his actions regarding Electric Works.

Councilman Russ Jehl, in explaining his decision to vote "yes," called Electric Works "the biggest economic development project" the City has seen, though he noted the weight of the decision and the precedent it would set.

Councilman Geoff Paddock, who voted "no," said he is committed "to keep this thing (Electric Works) going..." but that he has "not seen anything nefarious" that would require an investigation into the conduct of officials involved in the decision to terminate the EDA.

At the conclusion of that two-month investigation period, the subcommittee must report its findings to the Council.

We are told that a confirmation vote will happen in one week, finalizing the matter.

This is a developing story. ABC21 will have reaction to the vote on the newscast at 11.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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