Council Addresses Nebraska Street Project

WAYNE – The Nebraska Street Project and parking were the main agenda items highlighted during Tuesday evenings regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting.

From the Community Room of the Wayne Community Activity Center, the Nebraska Street project took up the first hour of conversion dealing with two change orders, a pay application and substation completion.

Council approved payment #8 to Robert Woehler & Sons Construction, Inc. of $314,910.80, 6-0 with one absentee and one councilperson gone. A 5-1 vote (one absentee) approved paying the contractor $9,779.12 for fly ash stabilization which is a deduction of $37,883.44 and council also voted for the time extension for the project to avoid liquidation costs.

City Administrator, Wes Blecke said the contractor wanted to use the fly ash following an early September rain and the engineer said to not use it.

“It’s a good product and actually made the project better,” said Blecke. “They (engineer) said no take a couple days and let it dry out and not use it. So, they (contractor) used it knowingly that the engineer was not going to promote paying for it.”

There is still more that council will need to approve as the final pay application will brought forward at a later date.

After several meetings discussing semi-truck parking, council passed the third and final readings Tuesday night after city attorney, Amy Miller explained the wording in each ordinance.

Semi-truck parking will not be allowed in residential areas as the designated parking areas were taken out on South Pearl and East 2nd Street. Contact the City of Wayne for the three ordinances or they can be found on cityofwayne.org.

A public hearing on a planning commission’s recommendation to rezone a property will happen at a later date when the Future Land Map is approved. Wayne Rentals, LLC also purchased a 30’X30’ piece of property for $100 and the buyer will pay for his title insurance. The property is located at approximately 14th Street and the alley between Pearl and Lincoln Streets.

Council went into executive session to hear an update on potential pool litigation. Blecke added they’ve talked about the pool before about some settling and leaking issues.

“We’re just looking at doing our due diligence to see if there’s any type of action that we can take on anybody that would be responsible for some of those issues,” Blecke added.

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

Hear the complete ‘View from Wayne America’ interview at the ‘Podcasts’ tab under the ‘Community’ drop-down at waynedailynews.com.

A ribbon cutting for Phase II of the trail be held in mid-November as there are some segments that still need to be poured and signage in place.

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