City Of Wayne Receives More Than $80,000 Through Dividend Check, Will Purchase Sculpture From Local Artist

WAYNE – Council moved quickly through their Tuesday evening regularly scheduled meeting receiving a dividend check and made plans to keep local art in Wayne.

From City Hall inside council chambers, a dividend check was presented to the City of Wayne from Employees Mutual Company.

Cap Peterson represented Northeast Nebraska Insurance Agency and went over the history of the process. There are over 300 members and for 19 out of 25 years, dividend checks have been presented.

The City of Wayne received 23.5% of their eligible premium at $80,895.02.

Fire Chief Phil Monahan then stepped forward and was officially appointed for his 11th years as chief in Wayne. He’s been on the department for soon to be 20 years.

Towards the end of the meeting, Council President Jill Brodersen represented the Wayne Public Art Committee. A second year of the Sculpture Walk was previously approved and will feature 12 art pieces around the community this summer. Her idea was to purchase one sculpture each year to move around the community.

Councilman Matt Eischeid stated it would be nice to support the local artists of Mike Fluent and Steve Elliott.

The City of Wayne sat aside $20,000 in the Public Art budget. After spending a $1,000 to lease each piece of art from the artists, there is around $8,000 left. Fluent has a sculpture at 3rd and Pearl and Elliot has one near Our Savior Lutheran Church.

The Wayne Public Art Committee will come back to council with a recommendation on which sculpture to purchase.

Councilmembers then accepted the bid from OCC Builders, LLC for the “College Hill Park Trail Head Project” at $372,310. The old pool shed has been gutted with plumbing and interior walls removed. OCC Builders has ordered some parts and will begin soon.

An engineer from Olsson joined via video about the “2022 South Lincoln Street Improvements Project”. A cost estimate to pave a ½ block is around $190,000 from Chicago Street to include South Lincoln Street up to First Street.

Both an engineer from JEO Consulting Group, Inc. and Casey Junck (City of Wayne Water/Wastewater Superintendent) explained an upcoming project that they’ve been dealing with. The “2022 Golf Course Sewer Improvements Project” will help a City of Wayne homeowner with a sanitary sewer service. This project would also assist with a restroom on the golf course and be able to help out Wayne State College once the bubble is constructed.

A cost opinion from JEO was around $138,000 for material and labor.

Other action items approved included a liquor license manager application for Hunter R. Jorgensen for the 4th Jug, LLC (Max Again) at 109 Main Street; rezoning of 200, 204 and 208 South Lincoln from I-1 (Light Industrial) to R-2 (Residential) and formal action identifying City of Wayne goals.

City of Wayne goals. 

Council also set their retreat date for Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. from the Wayne Fire Hall which is open the public.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 7.