Council Rejects Bids For Senior Center Addition Project At Council Meeting Tuesday Evening

Council Rejects Bids For Senior Center Addition Project At Council Meeting Tuesday Evening
Carter Hasemann being introduced to City Council by Fire Chief Phil Monahan. Hasemann is a new Cadet Member of the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department

WAYNE – The Wayne City Council got together Tuesday evening for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting kicked off two new members applying for the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department. Carter Hasemann was accepted as a new cadet member while Kyauna Kring was also accepted as a member of the department. Fire Chief Phil Monahan was present at the meeting to introduce the two new members to Council.

A presentation by Ashley Shiwarski who is an administrator for the National League of Cities, followed. She discussed the NLC Service Line Warranty Program with the council. This program offers affordable protection for homeowners that helps cover the cost to replace or repair broken, leaking, or clogged external water and sewer lines as well as in home plumbing and drainage lines. No action was taken after this presentation as it was simply a time for Ashley inform and answer questions that Council had. The City of Wayne will likely partner with the National League of Cities in the near future and this program would be offered to Wayne residents.

Denny Lutt spoke to Council on behalf of the Wayne VFW at 220 Main Street in Wayne. He requested an adjustment to a recent utility bill that was charged to the VFW address. Unknown to the VFW there had been a toilet running for a significant amount of time. Council didn’t waive the bill but instead gave the VFW a twelve-month period to pay the extra expenses rather than have them pay it all at once.

The next item on the agenda was action on a request to participate in the Commercial Alley Paving Cost-Share Program for the alleyway located behind what will be the new branch of State Nebraska Bank and Trust near 10th and Main Streets. State Nebraska Bank CEO, Matt Ley, was present at the meeting to make this request in front of Council. Years ago, the City of Wayne participated in a similar project where Elkhorn Valley Bank is located now. The request was approved and the part of the alleyway that is adjacent to the new branch of the bank will be paved with cost being split between the City and State Nebraska Bank. There was concern however about a part of that alley north of the new project that may go unpaved.

Several items on the agenda dealt with some of the finalization of 2018 Pedestrian Curb Ramp Project. First was a public hearing to solicit input on how grant funding was used. Jan Merrill who represents the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District spoke in front of Council giving the total numbers for the project and how everything had been divided. The City of Wayne received a $350,000 grant for this project that installed approximately 175 ADA ramps at pedestrian crossings throughout Wayne. Action was taken on certificated of substantial completion for the project which was passed by Council and action on contractor’s application for payment in the amount of $10,860.52 to I and A Construction, LLP, was also approved.

Three bids were received by the City for a Senior Center Addition project that will be used for a new freezer and pantry storage. Bids received were from Otte Construction($41,670), Horizon Construction($37,910), and Benscoter Construction($27,215). Staff recommended awarded the contract to Benscoter Construction but Council instead rejected all bids and advised staff to contact the City Engineer to inquire about this project and the possibility of hiring an architect. Much of the concern surrounding this project is matching bricks of the original building and making the addition blend well with the existing structure.

The final agenda item was authorizing the purchase of a 2019 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan. A few weeks ago, there was an accident involving one of the patrol cars so Wayne Police Chief Marlin Chinn and the department are in need of a new patrol unit. Arnie’s Ford of Wayne was able to locate one within the state of Nebraska and placed a hold on the vehicle pending Council’s approval of purchase. Council passed the authorization and the purchase price of the new unit is $25,147.

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 5th at 5:30 p.m. from the Council Chambers inside City Hall. There will be a Council mini retreat on Tuesday, October 29th at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers as well.