Council Tables Selecting Contactor For Pine Heights Project, Hears More Information On All Fiber Network Coming To Wayne

WAYNE – From updates of COVID-19 to councilmembers going back and forth on a few agenda items, the regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting took place Tuesday evening.

From the Community Activity Center community room, councilmembers first heard an update about COVID-19 from Julie Rother, Health Director at Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department virtually.

Rother stated cases are skyrocketing and she anticipates the NNPHD Health District COVID-19 Risk Dial to remain in the red ‘severe’ category. The health department is running into a back log when it comes to contact tracing with some people who don’t want to share their contacts who they’ve been near.

Rother is wanting community members to review the contact tracing packet at to assist with the process as contact tracing is behind as much as some individuals who are out of isolation. She also went over the statewide information on the updated Directed Health Measures.

Dwight ‘Doc’ Wininger, Director of External Relations and Al Schroeder, Director of OSP Engineering with Allo Communications, LLC. Allo is an elnet company that offers fiber networks for internet, TV and phone. The two explained what they do and where they’re at as their goal is to offer each home in the City of Wayne and Fremont at least 1 GB (1,000 mbps) by the end of 2021 as they are completing their work in Norfolk.

Council granted a non-exclusive franchise to the company and waved the three readings while approving the pole use agreement. The goal of the City of Wayne is to get power lines underground like in the new parts of town.

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Council then voted 6-2 to table accepting a bid and awarding a contract for the “Pine Heights Road & Utility Improvements” project. The original low-bidder, A&R Construction from Plainview, had some mathematical errors which then allowed Myers Construction of Broken Bow to be the low-bidder. Questions then were brought up what experience this company has using a single paver (required to use in the City of Wayne) as JEO Consulting will do some more research on the references from Myers Construction.

This won’t delay the project much and councilmembers are supposed to get their questions to City Administrator, Wes Blecke. Some trees will have to be removed in early April before the project will get underway next spring.

City Attorney, Amy Miller stated council must take the lowest responsible bidder as council isn’t rejecting the bid but wanted to have some more information brought forward.

Another vote of 6-2 approved paying JEO Consulting only half of their additional $4,744 ($2,372) being requested for the extra construction observation on the “2019 Nebraska Street Improvements” project. Jon Mooberry, representing JEO Consulting Group, Inc. stated they greatly value the City of Wayne and will work to improve their relationship for projects moving forward.

Council also voted 5-3 to offer full asking price of $24,300 for the Pick Property that the CRA owns located at 111 Fairgrounds Avenue. Taxpayers won’t be losing any money as the City of Wayne creates the budgets of the CRA and will transfer funds over as there are six entities in this area.

BJ Woehler and Sheryl Lindau were also added to the Problem Resolution Team appointed by Mayor Cale Giese.

The Wayne Community Activity Center will also be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment by calling 402-375-4803. Staff will be enforcing proper social distancing as those who have a key fob are welcome 24/7 and there are still fitness classes taking place.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, December 1.