Council Hears Update On Water Transmission Main, Face Covering Requirement Not Taken Lightly

WAYNE – Three agenda items took up most of the time in a three and a half hour regularly Wayne City meeting earlier this week.

From the Community Room of the Wayne Community Activity Center, council voted 5-3 (Woehler, Spieker and Buck in descent) in favor of renewing the current face covering requirement to sunset at 11:59 p.m. on April 6, unless terminated sooner by council.

Both Wayne State College and Wayne Community Schools stated they plan on keeping their mask requirement through the end of the school year. Mayor Cale Giese said the decision was not taken lightly.

“So, asking them to mask up and then us not in the community doing it that was kind of seen as sending a mixed message as well,” said Giese. “We’re also going to be in April, weather is going to be warmer and there’s going to be a different feel to the whole thing we hope.”

The meeting opened with a 45-minute discussion about the new water transmission main stating it’s been difficult to sample due to the weather. The process of flushing the system has been taking three to four days as roughly three-quarters to one million gallons of water is being flushed.

City Administrator, Wes Blecke added the water is good in the City of Wayne.

“I know people complain about well the water is terrible,” Blecke added. “The City of Wayne has very good water and all you have to do is compare other communities and our water is very good.”

Councilmembers also tabled an action request from the Voices for Vision Coalition on proposing a name for the trail system. Phase I and II already have names and the group led by Barb Engebretsen and Endia Casey-Agoumba were at the meeting and proposed to name it “The Freedom Trail”. Community members should contact their councilmember for more information about possibly naming the trail system.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 16.

Hear the complete interview from Blecke and Giese: