FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - UPDATE: The City of Fort Wayne and Aqua Indiana have agreed to postpone presentations due to negotiations.
According to the city's Public Information Officer Frank Suarez, the city and Aqua are in good, constructive talks and they may come to a decision about two weeks
The public hearing will still be held on Tuesday night and residents will be still be able to comment on the situation but the city and Aqua will not be presenting their cases.
This is an update to the previously published story below
Fort Wayne City Council will hold a public hearing on the Aqua Indiana condemnation ordinance on Tuesday.
The hearing will take place at the City Council Chambers in Citizen's Square at 200 E. Berry Street starting at 5:30 p.m.
John Perlich, City of Fort Wayne spokesperson, said the hearing will open with residents having the opportunity to address the council.
Pre-registration for speaking ended Friday, but members of the public can still sign-up at tonight's meeting. Those who signed up in advance will speak first, followed (in order) by those who sign up at the meeting. Speakers will be limited to two minutes.
The rest of the hearing will feature two 45 minute presentations. City administration and Aqua Indiana officials will each make separate presentations.
After the public hearing, city council will vote on whether to proceed with the takeover of the utility that serves about 12,000 residents in southwest Fort Wayne.
If Council approves the condemnation, the next process is obtaining an appraisal for the cost of the takeover.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced last November the city would attempt to takeover the utility after receiving dozens of petitions from area neighborhoods and hearing complaints from residents about the quality, cost, and service of the water provided by Aqua Indiana.
Last summer, during Indiana's drought, Aqua Indiana needed assistance from City Utilities to maintain pressure to about 1,400 customers.
During a press conference , Mayor Henry noted the situation of tapping into city water accelerated his administrations process to takeover the utility.
Aqua Indiana said it doesn't understand how Fort Wayne can takeover the utility without raising rates on current customers.
Residents who plan to attend the hearing should park in the Citizens Square parking lot on the north side of the building.
Indiana residents receiving food stamps will begin receiving their monthly benefits on new dates under a state law approved earlier this year.
An Indiana teenager honored for helping save two children from icy waters in 2010 has died in a weekend shooting.
Police have identified a person of interest in Sunday’s stabbing outside of a home on Bluebird Court, off of St. Joe Road.
Police are looking for a white man who is 6'0" to 6'2" with a thin build they say robbed a CVS in November. He may have been driving a gray or dark green Ford SUV.
Police from several agencies have responded to multiple crashes overnight due to slick roads from a wintry mix that moved through the area late Sunday and early Monday morning.
A rural Angola man faces six felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman.
A local family wants help in making sure their loved one's murderer stays in prison.
Police said a man barricaded himself inside of a home on Genessee Avenue early Sunday morning for more than two hours after threatening to commit suicide.
Detectives believe a three-year-old boy may have shot himself at a home in Indianapolis Saturday night. Police said the shooting appears to have been accidental.
There will be several holiday-themed events this weekend in the Fort Wayne area, including Christmas displays, children’s parties, visits from Santa Claus, and more.
The 122nd Fighter Wing hosted the annual Airman of the Year Awards on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the achievements of members of the 122nd.
Saturday marked the 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Fort Wayne area veterans and their families met for a service at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to remember those who lost their lives back on December 7, 1941.
A doctor who performs abortions in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend has been asked to appear before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
Each year, students at Taylor University attend a men's basketball game and are completely silent until the Trojans score their 10th point of the game. The game is known as "Silent Night."
Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at Indiana state facilities be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.