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Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:10 pm

Hines explains 'no' vote on Legacy study committee

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

After casting the sole no vote on a resolution to create a study committee for Fort Wayne's Legacy Fund, Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, explained why he couldn't support it.

Hines described the move as a "stall tactic" that would create further delays for a $500,000 request from Science Central for a new planetarium.

Under the resolution approved Tuesday, the study committee will evaluate the city's Legacy Fund and make recommendations early next year. One of the bill's sponsors, Councilman Paul Ensley, R-1st, said that there may be a different council next year, which may have different priorities than the current one.

"Certainly we could make a recommendation to this council, but the next council may want something completely different," Ensley said Tuesday. "I don't know of any major projects that are going to be seeking funding this year."

Hines compared holding off on recommendations until after the November election to the U.S. Senate refusal to vote on Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's 2016 nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"It makes some sense to those who want to do that and it doesn't make sense to those of us who feel confident that the decision or determination, depending on how soon you want to make it, could be made this year," he said on Tuesday.