Lagoon Project For Concrete Removal Approved, Council To Discuss Parking More In Depth During Retreat

WAYNE – Parking took up the majority of the regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Back in the Community Room of the Wayne Community Activity Center, council opened with a required second public hearing to obtain input on the Application for Community Development Block Grant through the Comprehensive Investment and Stabilization Grant.

The City of Wayne received a $475,000 grant broken down being used for streets and sewer, general administration costs, construction management and required material. The total project for the Nebraska Street project was between $1.2 – $1.3 million.

Towards the end of the meeting, a series of second readings for a City of Wayne ordinance on truck parking was brought forward. Ordinance 2020-11 for ‘Where Designated’ truck parking passed 4-3 (Councilperson Buck not in attendance) while ordinances on restricting parking on East 2nd Street and South Pearl Street (where county yard begins) both passed 6-1.

Prior to the final reading, councilmembers will be taking a longer look during their end of the month retreat. All the council agreed they don’t want to push truck drivers out of town but there has to be a solution where semi drivers can park their trucks.

Council approved the bid of $57,375 to Robert Woehler and Sons, Inc. for the “City of Wayne Lagoon Berm Concrete Removal Project”. Council would like to see the concrete removed from the berm by June 1, 2021 and the City of Wayne would receive 150 tons of crushed concrete from the lagoon.

The opening of the portion of trail near Victor Park has been delayed until mid-to-late October after six concrete panels will need to be replaced under the bridge that had a crack and were tarred and fallen a little more due to the high-water levels. Instead of contracting the work out for the “Restoration of Walking Trail Project”, council decided to do the work on their own saving money. With the price of concrete and the labor of city workers it would be under $5,000.

The total project would have cost $48,000 to fix the six panels of concrete not knowing if FEMA and NEMA benefits would be available.

Another project moving forward is the “2019 Nebraska Street Improvements Project” as paving is scheduled to take place later this week. There was a delay in the project due to rain.

Council will meet on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. from the Fire Hall during their board retreat while their next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6. Councilmembers will discuss truck parking more during their retreat.