Building Permits For Temporary Occupancy Ordinance Updated, Town Hall Set For June 8

WAYNE – An announcement was made during Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting following results from a survey.

From the council chambers inside the City Hall, the meeting began with the announcement of a town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. from the Community Activity Center regarding the 2021 Community Attitude survey and renovation of the Old Bathhouse. City Administrator, Wes Blecke stated there were 148 respondents as the survey closed on June 1.

Data will be brought forward during the town hall according to Blecke.

“The bigger reason for the town hall is to talk more about renovations of the old bathhouse and that park up there,” said Blecke. “How we can make it a trail head, connect it onto the new trail segment there and all of that and kind of develop that area.”

The event will also be made for comments and concerns about the Old Bathhouse, which is located in the old swimming park near the bowling alley. For those who can’t attend the meeting, contact the City Hall at 402-375-1733 with other questions.

Mike Powicki who sits on the Kiwanis Board made the request that 2nd Street from Main Street east to the west side of the alley on Saturday, July 10 be closed from 6 a.m. until the start of the Chicken Show Parade. This would be for the Kiwanis Club Omelet Feed that was the same request made in 2019 and council approved it. Kiwanis has provided the necessary Certificate of Insurance naming the City as an additional insured.

After tabling a third and final reading about building permits last month, council then approved building code with some changes and amendments made to temporary occupancy permits for only single-family homes and duplexes, not for commercial buildings.

Joel Hansen, Street and Planning Coordinator added once people are in the house it’s been difficult to get those permits completed.

“What we came up with is for temporary occupancy if you want to move into your house, you’ve got to comply with some things,” Hansen added. “That basically are for life-safety issues as well as for the betterment of the neighborhood.”

This is new construction for people who don’t have permits while those who are currently in the middle of building their house will continue to follow the old rules. The new changes will be implemented on July 1.

Another big change was putting down an additional $1,000 deposit that you’ll get back once everything is completed on the house.

Copies of the code books are available at the Wayne Public Library along with any changes made can be found under the website.

The City of Wayne is currently on the 2012 version and are looking to update to the 2018 codes.

Second reading of an ordinance also advanced for the eight acres at the upper rugby fields near the summer sports complex of amending the zoning map from I-1 Light Industrial and Manufacturing to R-4 Residential with a third reading taking place next meeting. A few developers are interested as the City of Wayne would be the sellers.

Council then tabled the City Administrator Employment Agreement until Mayor Cale Giese and council president can go over a performance review with Blecke.

Along with the next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting being held on Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m., councilmembers will meet one more in the month of June. The mini-retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m. from the Wayne Fire Hall.