City Council To Hold First Meeting Of October Tuesday

WAYNE – A handful of resolution items pertaining to project and Bobcat bids will be addressed during the first of two regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meetings in October along with the Community Redevelopment Authoring asking for a loan be forgiven or negotiated.

From the council chambers inside City Hall, the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 with an action to accept the resignation of Councilmember Yasuko Taoka.

Councilmember Taoka stated obligations at work will prevent her from attending future council meetings. She has greatly enjoyed her time on council and learned so much. Staff will now be directed to declare a “Notice of Vacancy” in Ward 2 and publish a notice.

A public hearing will follow pertaining to an application for a Class C Liquor license with Doug and Jaime Manz as well as Jason and Heidi Claussen through Raintree Liquor located at 421 Main Street. Council can approve, deny or make no recommendations.

A trio of bids and proposals were received in late September regarding the “Old City of Wayne Lagoon Berm Dirt Work Project”. The low bid was submitted by S & V Excavation, LLC for $5,460. The other bids came from Milo Meyer Construction, Inc. ($6,450) and Robert Woehler & Sons Construction, Inc. ($14,640).

Another bid that the council will address includes the purchase of a Bobcat for Lowell Heggemeyer, Parks and Recreation Director. Bobcat from Norfolk was the low bid of the two submitted at $61,500.87 for the purchase of a new tool cat with broom. The Street Department has also obtained two bids from Bobcat for a new S66 T4 Bobcat Skit Steer Loader with attachments. The department will also be trading in their old skid loader to reduce the cost to $39,209.52.

Councilmembers will also address fire truck and equipment specifications. Details for a new ladder truck have been finalized as the group will be asking for council approval. The funding for the truck purchase is in this year’s budget, but the purchase won’t be until next year. A total of $450,000 has been budgeted for the same ($150,000 will come out of reserves, $250,000 from Capital Projects and $50,000 from the Fire Department budget).

An action on request from the Community Redevelopment Authority will be brought forward. The group is asking council to forgive the current loan in the amount of $300,000 from 2012 and discuss or negotiate a line of credit with the City of Wayne. This loan is to be paid back in 2024 or renegotiated at that time. The current CRA is being more aggressive in redevelopment than previous CRA’s and they would like to clear this debt up so they know what funds they can use long term for redevelopment purposes. More questions will be answered at the meeting.