Council Renegotiates Sale Of Land, Streets Department Update

WAYNE – An increase from $1 to $100,000 for a purchase agreement highlighted Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting.

From the council chambers inside City Hall, the main item from the agenda was approving the purchase agreement with R. Perry Construction, Inc.

After the past two meetings going in length with more discussion for one phase of a 144-unit apartment complex to include a clubhouse and pool, Tuesday evening moved swiftly with several councilmembers stating phone calls and emails they’ve received.

Council passed the third and final reading for the purchase agreement along with the changes to the previously passed resolution with the $100,000 earmarked for the lagoon.

Mayor Cale Giese said R. Perry initially asked for the land to be sold for $1 to construct their $21 million investment.

“The Council didn’t feel very hot and there was some push back form the public about are you really going to sell this land for $1,” said Giese. “So, we went back, renegotiated and bumped that up to $100,000 for the land and the council did end up passing that unanimously.”

The property being sold is located just north of the old lagoon (old burn pit, old community gardens).

R. Perry will now go through nearly four months of TIF (tax increment financing) meetings with three meetings with the Community Redevelopment Authority; one Planning Commission and one City Council meeting.

Street and Planning Director, Joel Hansen also provided a recap from 2021 and what the department is planning for in 2022.

Big projects that the Street Department worked on was helping oversee the Pine Heights project along with spent two and half months trimming trees

Hansen said they’ll be looking to focus on the streets this year.

“So, we’ve got two or three intersections planned and some tear outs in the mid-block where we have sunken areas of the street is really broken up,” Hansen added. “Hopefully we’ll be updating Facebook pages and Twitter pages this summer letting people know where those crews have those streets blocked off or where they need to kind of avoid while we’re working.”

The Street Department will be street sweeping this week and pothole patching next week.

Council also approved the bid of $744.327 from Robert Woehler and Sons Construction, Inc. for the “Wayne Chicago Street Project”. The street will run from southwest to northeast. A resolution was also approved for an amendment to the Chicago Street Project to fix up south Lincoln Street.

The original contract will begin this spring as City Staff will go out for bid by mid-summer to pave less than a city block this fall of south Lincoln Street.

Sanctuary Apartments, LLC, old Baptist church where apartments will be constructed in the building. There was a water line break as council approved the request to forgive the sewer bills from December 15 – February 15 since it didn’t go down the sewer line but the water was paid for. The cost being forgiven was $1,795.85.

The third and final reading for annexing the new Dollar General on the east side of town was approved. The business is now a part of city limits and will start paying sales and City of Wayne property tax.

Mayor Giese mentioned there will be more annexation on the east side of town.

“We had the larger discussion before and then a few business owners came forward and said you know what I think it makes more sense for my company to be inside of city limits,” Giese mentioned. “So, we’ll probably keep picking away at that for a few council meetings.”

A Council retreat will be on Tuesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. from the Wayne Fire Hall which is open to the public.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 5.