200@200 : October — To Govern and Serve
Date:
c. 1975
Title:
Public Services Projects: City Light ID Tag
Description:
One of the major responsibilities of City Council is to maintain or improve a high quality of life for the citizens of Fort Wayne, and major public service projects serve this end. By the mid 1850s, a sewer system had become critically necessary, spurred both by the fear of disease and the need for flood control. In 1858 the first sewer line in Fort Wayne was completed. The first waterworks in Fort Wayne was built in 1880, drawing the water from deep wells. By the early 1930s, it became apparent that there were limitations on capacity from the underground water supply. A 25—acre tract of land east of Spy Run was chosen for the new water filtration plant, at the point that the St. Mary's River and the St. Joseph River come together. It opened in 1933.

A new municipal power plant, City Light and Power, opened in 1934 and served Fort Wayne for nearly forty years. The sale of City Light Utility to Indiana & Michigan Electric Company came after a referendum in the May 1974 primary. In September of that year, Mayor Ivan Lebamoff signed a thirty—five—year lease of the municipal operation to I & M. The Summit Square development, centered around a twenty—six story building, grew out of years of planning and was hinged, in part, on the sale of the City Light Utility to I & M. Since 1995 the Old City Light and Power Building has been home to Science Central.

City Light and Power used metal tags to identify each of the power poles to facilitate any repair that might be needed. I & M took over operations on March 1, 1975, and as a result this city light pole identification tag was obsolete.
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City Light Pole Identification Tag, 1975City Light Pole Identification Tag, 1975
City Light and Power dam on Maumee Ave., 1930sCity Light and Power dam on Maumee Ave., 1930s
City Light and Power Plant, 1950sCity Light and Power Plant, 1950s