Councils Comes To Agreement With Wriedt Properties During Frozen Water Pipe Discussion, Third Cadet Added To Wayne Volunteer Fire Department

WAYNE – Another request item was brought forward pertaining to frozen water pipes earlier this week during the regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting.

Councilmembers and city staff returned to council chambers located in the City Hall when they began the meeting with a presentation on the ‘Initial Financial Managerial Water System Assessment.’

Ken Halvorsen with the Nebraska Rural Water System reviewed the State of Nebraska Drinking Water State Revolving Fund that the City of Wayne applied for on the new water transmission main back in April of last year. He stated everything looks good financially and the budget as well.

Council then approved another year for Phil Monahan to continue his position as Fire Chief. This will mark the ninth year for Monahan during the one year term. Also, Cooper Zara of Wayne had his Cadet Membership approved to join the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department. Cooper is the third cadet to join the program as Monahan stated he’ll be bringing in a couple more during future meetings as the department can hold up to six cadets.

An agenda item which took up most of the discussion time was a request from Jeannine Wriedt at her property located at 914 Windom Street. The apartment has been empty for a year due to a remodel and no one noticed the leak until city staff contacted the property owner. Wriedt Properties was contesting the amount of water used instead of having the entire bill forgiven. A payment plan was set up for the next 18 months to have the near $3,000 bill paid back.

A message continues to be given each time a request like this comes forward which is to make sure you check your pipes and your property to stay on top of any leaks or damages.

A public hearing was also held pertaining to the current upper rugby fields (old city dump/tree farm). The first reading was approved Tuesday evening to rezone the eight-acre property from I-1 Light Industrial to R-4 Residential. This would give the City of Wayne an option to sell it, keep it for recreation use or do something else with it.

A third and final reading talking about temporary occupancy permits was tabled. Councilmembers gave direction to staff to add a check-list before bringing the reading back for final approval.

Towards the end of the meeting, a normal three-year agreement with the current Wayne Recycling & Trash Center saw a change to now every five years. Another major change stated Waste Connections will provide garbage and recycling collection from all city facilities at no cost. Brett Davis with Waste Connections of Nebraska, Inc. answered other questions during the meeting. The Wayne RTC has to be open 15 hours to the public as council will leave that up to Waste Connections to decide when they’ll be open.

Councilmembers also went into executive session for their city administrator evaluation.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. from the council chambers inside the City Hall.