WAYNE – The regularly scheduled City Council meeting took place Tuesday evening in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The agenda featured 25 items and the meeting lasted just under two hours.
With two members of Council not being able to be present, business started before the meeting was underway with the swearing in of newly elected Councilmember Chris Woehler whom represents Ward One. He was sworn in before the meeting in order for the Council to reach a quorum. After that, the meeting was called to order and a newly appointed Councilmember was sworn in. Dwaine Spieker will be representing Ward Three on City Council after action on the Mayoral Councilmember appointment was approved. Ward Three was previously left void after Cale Giese took over as Mayor.
Agenda items started off with a presentation from Lyndsy Jenness who is the Northeast Business Development Consultant representing the State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development. She presented Mayor Giese with a certificate that proclaims Wayne as one of Nebraska’s Economic Development Certified Communities.
Cap Peterson was also present at the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening. He spoke on behalf of Northeast Nebraska Insurance Agency about the 2019 Property and Casualty Insurance Package. After he spoke there was action to approve the insurance package. After a few questions from Council and brief discussion, action was approved unanimously.
Next on the docket was a public hearing in regards to consideration of a business loan from a revolving loan fund to Talon Capital, LLC. The amount of the 20-year loan would be for $250,000 with a fixed 4 percent interest. The project involves the acquisition of the existing manufacturing business called Fyre-Tec, Inc which is located at 701 Centennial Road in Wayne. Jeff Christensen is a business loan specialist at the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District and was present to speak at the hearing. He stated the projects total would be approximately $5,600,000 and funding would include bank financing, Small Business Administration financing, along with owner’s equity. Once the public hearing came to an end the resolution was in front of Council on whether or not they would approve the community development block grant loan for Talon Capital, LLC for the acquisition of the existing business, Fyre-Tec, Inc. Council passed the resolution. The loan will go to the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District who will in turn grant it to Talon Capital, LLC.
A resolution regarding establishing a schedule for electric rates was next on the agenda. It was decided that the schedule would set summer month rates from mid-May through mid-September and winter month rates from mid-September through mid-May. Council passed the resolution.
An ordinance in regards to adopting electrical interconnection standard, procedures, agreements, charges, and fees was voted on and passed by Council.
Council passed a resolution for accepting the work on the “Electric Distribution-Meter Cut-over for the West Inner and East Inner Conversion Project.” Along with this the final payment to Klein Electric, Inc was passed for the amount of $8,521.02.
A resolution was passed involving the approval of amendment number one to the Lottery Contractor Agreement between the City of Wayne and Advanced Gaming Technologies, Inc. This is a five-year agreement.
Council approved a change order in what was a decrease of $10,300 to Milo Meyer Construction for the “Ditch Grading Project”. Action on the final pay estimate in the amount of $20,600 was also approved for the same project. Council wanted to give a special thank you to Steve Meyer and his team at Milo Meyer Construction for a job well done and appreciation for the project being completed timely and under budget.
For more information about Tuesday evenings City Council meeting tune into Big Red Country 104.9 on Wednesday morning around nine to hear from Mayor Cale Giese as well as City Administrator Wes Blecke on The View from Wayne, America. Normally City Council meetings are scheduled for the first and third Tuesday of every month but with the first Tuesday of January falling on New Year’s Day Council has pushed their next regularly scheduled meeting back to Wednesday, January 2nd at 5:30 p.m.