Fireworks, Traffic Code, And Budget All Discussed At City Council Meeting Tuesday Night

WAYNE –The Wayne City Council gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening. The meeting began with the proclamation from Mayor Giese that next week will be known as “American Wind Week”.

Action on request was taken to approve a firework display for Wayne State College after their “Family Day” football game on Saturday, September 14th. WSC Athletic Director was present at the meeting to speak to Council. The Council approved the action with the condition that Fire Chief Phil Monahan will have final say up to the final minute as the City may be in a burn ban. If that be the case an alternate date was selected being September 28th with the same condition applying.

Grace Lutheran Church requested the City to block off the one block of 10th Street along the Willow Bowl for a Sunday School Rally Day festival on August 25th from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Action was approved on the request.

Jan Merrill of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District spoke to Council during a public hearing regarding an application for a community development block grant. This would go towards improvements on Pine Heights Road, 10th Street, and Lilac Lane. Total project cost is estimated to be $951,230. After the public hearing was closed action was taken on a resolution allowing Chief Elected Official to request funds which was approved by Council.

The third and final reading took place regarding ATVs and UTVs in the traffic code and was passed by Council. Many changes and additions have been made to this ordinance for allowing operation of these types of vehicles in Wayne city limits.

Council approved a resolution authorizing the allocation of property taxes to the Wayne Airport Authority in the amount of $74,526.

Council also voted in favor of approving a Joint Defense and Common Interest Agreement between Northeast Nebraska Public Power District, the City of Wayne, the City of Wakefield, Toth and Associates, Inc, and Holland Knight LLP.

JEO Consulting Group, Inc was approved to move forward in a scope of services task order with a cap of $6,000 to survey and study the 7th Street Sewer Extension Project.

The meeting winded down with a budget work session before adjourning. For more information about Tuesday’s meeting, tune into Big Red Country 104.9 on Wednesday morning to hear from Mayor Giese and Administrator Blecke on The View from Wayne, America a little after 9 a.m. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, August 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.