Council To Discuss Funding For Local Businesses, City Pool During Mini Retreat On June 30

WAYNE – Pool discussion continued as Wayne City Councilmembers were updated on the state of area businesses during Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled council meeting.

Council met for the second time in June from the Wayne Fire Hall, located at 510 Tomar Drive to hear updates on several items and take action on others.

City Administrator, Wes Blecke addressed the major impacts that phase three of the Directed Health Measures (DHMs) will have on the City of Wayne being sports.

“They’re opening to same as gatherings now and that they’re not going to limit it to spectators of just household members,” said Blecke. “It can be anybody now. We’re working through some of that stuff with ball associations and what they still need to be doing.”

Council will still take guidance from the public health department as phase three reopening will take place on Monday, June 22.

Shortly after the COVID update, executive director with Wayne Area Economic Development Luke Virgil provided an assessment impact on area businesses. Blecke added discussion was brought up looking for funding from the City of Wayne.

“So, I’m not sure what form that would look like,” Blecke added. “I think the council was receptive to that. But we’ll talk more about it at our mini-retreat on June 30 and likely make a decision at that point or at least have more information for council.”

Council then moved into a lengthy discussion about the pool at the Wayne Community Activity Center & Aquatic Center. A leak as of Tuesday wasn’t found found after dye, pressure and smoke testings.

“Pool stuff is kind of on hold right now,” Blecke mentioned. “The optimistic view is that we’ll get that figured out here shortly and start getting the water warm, chemicals put in and hopefully still have a pool season.

More discussion council will need to have is who will be allowed into the pool, if it be county-wide or open to anyone as Pool staff will be working on getting the pool ready for an open date once everything checks out.

Membership rates for the pool season were also cut back and were rounded to a whole dollar amount so change wouldn’t have to be handled.

Councilmembers also approved Carlson West Povondra Architects to design some remodeling at the Activity Center, possibilities of additional gym space and an indoor pool.

“They’re going to help us along with that process,” said Blecke. “There’ll be community engagement with that of what the community would like to see and what would look best at the Activity Center.

The Activity Center is over 18 years old as the Architect firm designed the original Activity Center and has been working on projects with Wayne Community Schools.

Council will be holding back a $100,000 of over a half a million-dollar request to get back in compliance as soon as possible for the “Restoration of Walking Trail Project” to M&B Quality Concrete.  The vote passed unanimously as the company was not in compliance with an Army Corp of Energy permit.

Hear the complete City Council meeting interview from the “View from Wayne America” by clicking on the ‘Podcasts’ button under the ‘Community’ drop-down.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. from the Wayne Fire Hall along with a mini retreat being scheduled for Tuesday, June 30.