City Council Focuses On Budget Work Session, New Police Officer Employees Introduced

WAYNE – As the first of two budget work sessions closed out Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting, action items included street closures for upcoming events and a recent survey update.

From the council chambers inside the City Hall, Marlen Chinn, Chief of Police first introduced new police officer employees. They included Megan Mandeville and Devan Henschke.

Mandeville graduated high school from Lincoln Southeast and graduated from Wayne State College with an Information Technology degree where she worked with campus security. She started with the department last November and recently completed her basic training and has been back since April.

Henschke is a graduate from Wayne High and spent two years at Northeast Community College majoring in Criminal Justice before attending WSC for two years earning a bachelor in CJ and associate in Sociology. Chief Chinn said Henschke, who is uncertified, will look to begin his 16-week basic training possibly this August and also spent time as a correctional officer at the Thurston County jail while at WSC.

Director of Athletics at Wayne State College, Mike Powicki made his annual request for fireworks display during the ‘Family Day Football Game’ on Saturday, September 18 at approximately 9 p.m. Council approved the request as fire chief Phil Monahan will work with the college if there are dry conditions.

Brian Kesting represented Grace Lutheran Church and provided information about an annual event being a Sunday School Rally Day festival on Sunday, August 15. The event would last from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Council approved the street closure on 10th street between Mani Street to Logan Street along the Willow Bowl.

Seth Liston then also made a request for the Wayne Baseball Association as Post 43 will be hosting the Class B Area 5 Tournament Friday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 28 (rain day). Council also approved the request to close the area of Windom Street between 3rd and 4th Streets mainly for safety reasons with kids running after foul balls. The area between the two intersections would be closed two hours prior to the start of games and Liston will be there after the final game to tear down the barricades. Through-traffic only signs will allow those who live in the area to still access their residency.

Chairman of the ‘Stool to Cool’ Taskforce and councilmember, Jason Karsky updated the group on a recent survey. A total of 88 respondents took the survey as the top three comments were for a community lake, another campground and extra ball fields while the splash pad was fourth on the list. A lake feasibility study will be brought forward during the August council meeting as the next step.

A discussion item was then brought forward prior to the budget work session being roof issues at the Community Activity Center. City of Wayne officials were joined by JR Roofing out of LeMars, IA on the roof and the group used some white epoxy to seal where they thought the leak was coming from. During a recent rainstorm, there were eight buckets and several towels spread out on the gym floor.  The roof is in good shape for being roughly 20 years old but has had some leaking issues as of recently.

Tuesday night’s budget work session focused on half of the departments during the first session along with general fund as well as water and sewer discussion. These meetings are open to the public.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, August 3 at 5:30 p.m.