Council Met Tuesday, No Decisions Made On Land Acquisition

WAYNE – A lengthy Wayne City Council meeting was held Tuesday evening which moved into executive session for two agenda items along with more discussion on parking and the future of the Community Activity Center land.

From council chambers inside City Hall, an assistant fire chief with the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, Jordan Widner introduced two individuals to council.

Anaka Brasch of Wayne and Travis Rasmussen previously from Falls City were both approved the action for ‘Application for Membership’. This now brings the total number of full-time members up to 28 at the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department.

Towards the end of the meeting, council moved into executive session for the final roughly hour pertaining to an acquisition of real estate at the Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation building and parking lot (513 Main/517 Logan) as well as an update on the Bradley J. Woehler and Bradley F. Roberts versus the City of Wayne litigation matter.

No decisions were made as council will have staff look more into the price difference of remodeling or building new when it comes to the City Hall. Also, no updates on the lawsuit were provided.

More issues in parking were addressed with the new Chicago Street being constructed along with Lincoln Street issues. Further information will be brought forward in future council meetings.

A discussion item on a possible agreement with Wayne Community Schools on the future of the Community Activity Center land was brought forward. After a lengthy discussion and more concerns being brought up a motion to continue discussion was made. The school district is going through the possibilities of expanding or building new and have asked the City of Wayne about the future of the Community Activity Center and the adjacent property which is located near the Jr/Sr High School.

An action item pertained to a Liquor License Manager application from Phillip M. Anderson for Gander Foods, LLC (Godfather’s Pizza). Council approved the item along with an ordinance which followed by authorizing the release and abandonment of the 14 foot utility easement located between Lots 3 and 4, Block 6 in the Vintage Hill 3rd Addition. Nick Junck purchased two lots as there is no existing utilities in the easement between the two lots.

Payments were approved for the “2022 Golf Course Sanitary Sewer Extension” project to Kay Contracting, Inc. of $3,508.62 which was the final payment on the project; payment number one of the “Freedom Trailhead” to OCC Builders, LLC project for demo work at the project site of $12,442 and payment number four on the “Chicago Street Improvements” project to Robert Woehler & Sons Construction, Inc. which included the install of a storm sewer and street paving.

The Chicago Street is over halfway on the street pacing and once complete, will be moving onto Lincoln Street. A delay in the project has been concert shortages.

Harrison P. Lane approached the board about a Memorial Car Show. This event would use the Freedom Park Tailhead parking lot on Lincoln Street and also close off a small portion of Lincoln Street up to West 13th Street.

The action was approved as the event will be on Saturday, October 1 with street closures from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. in honor of Bryan L. “Dink” Denklau.

Chief of Police Marlen Chinn updated the board on the difficulties his department is having when it comes to ordering new vehicles. He also stated the PD is full when it comes to officers on staff, but still needs two dispatchers. Council approved the requests of a 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe for $47,933 along with a 2023 Ford Explorer for $44,929 through the State Bid System per the bid proposal from SID Dillon Fleet.

Mayor Cale Giese will join Dan on the ‘View from Wayne America’ on Friday, September 23. The interview will air just after 9 a.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and just after 6 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 as well as for both times.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4.