WAYNE – From a continued sidewalk discussion following a mini retreat in late June to a burnout competition coming to Wayne in late August were addressed during the regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting Tuesday evening.
From the Council Chambers inside the City Hall, council first heard from BJ Woehler who was requesting a waiver of the sidewalk requirement at his residence of 902 Bressler Court in the Western Ridge Subdivision.
He listed his reasons why not to but also understood if he had to put in a sidewalk. Being in a cul-de-sac, people would just walk into and out of the area.
Councilmembers chose to deny the request but the subject of sidewalks were brought up during a recent retreat. City officials have improved several parts of town with updated sidewalks and will look to further discuss the sidewalk situation in cul-de-sacs.
A second action item pertained to closing a near 40-foot section of 5th and Main Street west on Pearl Street for a burnout competition. Dustin Soden with Cruise Main in Wayne is looking to expand events that attract out of town guests and puts downtown Wayne on the map on the third Friday of each month during the summer.
Councilmembers were all for the idea but had questions about how much smoke is produced, the noise and leaving black marks on public streets. An idea was then brought forward that the City of Wayne owns the old Reilly’s parking lot and that would be a larger space to stage the event. Councilmembers then approved to allow Cruise Main to utilize the old Reilly’s parking lot for the August 20 event and if they have an event on their final Cruise Night on September 17. Cruise Main in Wayne lasts from 7 – 9 p.m.
Soden stated they would look to get between 50 – 100 entries that are still street legal and the driver must have a valid ID with a time limit of 60 seconds for each burn in the burn-box. If the group would charge for each competition, funds would be donated back to the community.
Wayne Area Economic Development Executive Director, Luke Virgil was also in attendance and mentioned since this is a tourism attraction, they would be in favor of supporting the event. He was going to his exec board to discuss further on what they could do.
Another five-year agreement has been signed for a Master Services Agreement between American Broadband and the City of Wayne to lease ‘dark’ fiber. The original 60-month agreement was signed in 2014 and the group was on a year-by-year lease recently. Pam Adams representing ABB stated this is a very important relationship and wanted to decrease the monthly lease payments from $990 to zero dollars. Network Nebraska provides internet to the City of Wayne.
Councilmembers then approved the final payment to TR Harris Construction, INC. for $75,350 for the “Greenwood Cemetery – West Driveway Project”. The City of Wayne will be taking care of the seeding of grass as City staff added for those who use the cemetery road to stay on the road and not the shoulders since they’re soft.
The Wayne Country Club’s original agreement which is dated back to 1994 that the City of Wayne provides water to the golf course through well seven was then brought forard. Both wells have been shut down and put on emergency status as well six had high nitrate levels and both well six and seven had high selenium levels.
One way to clear wells up is to pump them. Council approved the resolution to allow the Wayne County Club to pump well six in hopes to clear up and eventually open well seven. The Wayne Country Club pays for electricity, takes care of mowing and will have to pay for a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) to communicate with their system.
Mayor Cale Giese also signed an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as the Chief Elected Official. This would be for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation as Dr. Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner, Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation Executive Director will be applying for the $250,000 grant.
The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. The first of two budget work sessions will also follow the second meeting in July where councilmembers will focus on the general budget. The second budget work session will be on August 3 for public works as department heads have presented to council throughout the year.