Face Covering Requirement Ended, Engineering Services Approved For Shovel Ready Project

WAYNE – With just a COVID update listed on the agenda, councilmembers put to vote the face covering requirement along with hearing engineering services for a possible shovel ready project.

From the community room of the Wayne Community Activity Center, the Wayne Mayor broke a 4-4 split among the council to end the face covering ordinance effective Tuesday, March 2.

Councilmembers also adopted the City of Wayne Employee Personnel Manual. The main vote pertained to a retirement matching fund from the City of Wayne for employees being matched up to 7% (example: put in 3%, get 3%). Police officers have put in 7% to get 7% following the state statue.

The last housing study was dated December of 2016 as council approved the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) Application for Housing Study Grant. The City of Wayne provided an $8,000 match along with NIFA. The next grant funding round is the middle of March and could take up to four months to complete that will include the 2020 census.

Jon Mooberry with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. provided a detailed plan for engineering services on the “Centennial Road Improvements, 14th to 21st Street Project”. He went over the design phase, right of acquisition services and environmental permitting along with fees for this project. The final design should be completed by late July and council is hoping to have the final plans presented to them soon to be a shovel-ready project in case there is Federal money available.

A new berm area will be created just south of the City of Wayne Treatment Plant prompting phase I for the “Old City of Wayne Lagoon Berm (northwest corner)” project. It was stated during the meeting a lot of dirt work is still needed to be done as council took action on directing staff to begin advertising for bids on dirt work.

Roughly two acres of the 28-acre lagoon will have a berm for emergency purpose to store raw sewage to be held for four to five days along with other storages. This will also allow for future development for Wastewater Treatment Facility growth.

Information was also provided by Diane Bertrand, Director with the Wayne Senior Center. The Senior Center has been closed to the public since March, 17, 2020 as the Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging still recommend they remain closed. The group has continued to provide meals to approximately 70 people a week and the delivers have seen an increase as well.

Council also accepted the proposal of AMGL for City Auditing Services from 2021 through 2026. The City of Wayne have been with this auditing company since 2006 and have worked well together.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, March 16.