Activity Center Updates Showcased, Council Worked On Budget

WAYNE – Council changed the way they handled their budget work session during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting as councilmembers were also able to tour and see the updates at the Wayne Community Activity and Aquatic Center.

From the community room of the Community Activity Center, the Wayne City Council made quick of the regular agenda leading up to the budget work session.

Mayor of Wayne, Cale Giese changed the way the group structured the budget discussion and put a little bit more homework on the council.

“I think it went really well,” said Giese. “We knocked out almost the entire budget. Usually it’s a two-meeting thing and each meeting goes until 10 p.m. Next time we’ll cover utilities and economic development and we’ll get that knocked out next time and we’ll have a budget.”

Council first skipped ahead to approve payment number five for the “2019 Nebraska Street Project”. Jon Mooberry with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. stated the project was pretty close to the submitted schedule on being on time. The goal was to have phase one done by Chicken Days (July 10-12) and move into phase two. The contractor completed through the fourth street intersection on Nebraska Street and will start on the storm sewer through 7th street.

Later in the meeting, Roger Protzman also with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. said that payment number three for the “2019 Water Transmission Main Project” would be for almost the entire project. The city allowed water to go down the pipe on Tuesday afternoon as they pumped water from the new water main.

Councilmembers also approved a “Use by Exception Permit” for Sunnyview Place, LLC to install a drive-thru at Providence Community Pharmacy (803 Providence Rd) and rezoned lots 1, 2 and 17; block 1 of 527 East 7th Street from B-1 Highway Business to B-3 Neighborhood Commercial. Scooter’s will be constructing a 550 square-foot kiosk that will have room for about four employees and be in the same footprint of 527 Brewhouse.

The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District renewed an agreement between the City of Wayne and LENRD for the “Wayne Pedestrian Trial – Phase II Project”. Once the project is complete, city staff will have to submit photos to receive $25,000 as council approved the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement and Special Operation and Maintenance Agreement Tuesday night.

Council took a brief break to walk through the weight room/cardio area, check out the bathrooms, the locker rooms, the pool and gym with updates to the track in the activity and aquatic center. Council then returned to address the budget a little differently.

Beth Sievers started off the budget work session stating the financial health is stable and looked for guidance from the councilmembers on several projects.

Giese added this council has expressed their dedication to improving the downtown.

“I think this falls into a greater scheme of we’re going to put more investment into downtown to make it more attractive. Kind of a snow ball effect for more foot traffic leads to more business opportunities which leads to more businesses.”

Only council and staff attended the budget work session as the public is encouraged to attend. The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m.