Fire Department Report, Update On Water/Transmission Main Provided During City Council Meeting

WAYNE – A trio of updates were provided to councilmembers during their regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

From the Community Room of the Wayne Community Activity Center, Fire Chief Phil Monahan opened the meeting with a report from the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department.

The calendar year for the department runs from May 1 – April 30 as there have been 49 fire calls and 16 rescue calls in the past year. The Wayne Volunteer Fire Department is made up of 31 members with two cadets and 11 EMTs and are always looking for more volunteers.

Monahan stated they’ve had to cancel the past three fundraising events that bring in between $8,000 – $11,000 a year. He was glad to report that the omelet feed will return on Sunday, October 3.

Monahan also brought forward the group is looking to purchase a new fire truck that would take about a year and a half to build pending the parts are in stock and cost around $500,000 if it was purchased today. This could replace the old 1985 city truck that would be replaced by truck 32 which was purchased in 2008. The purchase of an updated fire truck could also keep insurance costs down.

An agenda item that took up most of the under an hour meeting were updates on the water and transmission main. Casey Junck, Water/Wastewater Superintendent has collected 41 samples since last September at a cost of a $15 fee along with six trips to Lincoln and have not been able to pass the readings. During that time, the City of Wayne has had to dump roughly four million gallons of water on the ground.

He was looking for direction from the council as city staff and employees have done a lot of work and they’re not getting anywhere. The contractor and JEO along with the parts representative for the air release valves will need to come up with a solution. City of Wayne officials will be contacting the engineer stating unless told otherwise, the City of Wayne will chlorinate their water to keep the water flowing and save on water flushing to develop a timeline. The warranty period ends in August for the new transmission main.

The water coming out of the ground is fine following extensive testing. The water is being contaminated along the 2020 main as the water is currently going down the 1988 main with no problems.

Street and Planning Director Joel Hanson closed out the meeting by providing building department code updates as changes will be made from the 2012 building code to 2018. He also passed out information about Problem Resolution Team Valuation changes.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.