Five New Members Approved To Wayne Volunteer Fire Department During City Council Meeting Tuesday

Five New Members Approved To Wayne Volunteer Fire Department During City Council Meeting Tuesday
New Members of the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department pictured L-R Mekdelawith Tamirat, Oghenemaro-Aghoghoubia, Nicole Swartzendruber, Cadet Member Noah Reinke, Austin Frideres alongside Fire Chief Phil Monahan

WAYNE – The Wayne City Council gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. The agenda featured 16 items for a meeting that lasted about an hour. The first item on the agenda following the approval of minutes and claims was the appointment of Molly Young to the Library Board. Young was approved and will take the place of Ellen Imdieke.

Fire Chief Phil Monahan was present at the meeting to introduce five new potential members of the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department. Action on the application for membership was approved by Council for all five, one of those being a Cadet Membership. Noah Reinke of Wayne is the new Cadet Member while Austin Frideres (Wayne), Nicole Swartzendruber (Shickley, NE), Ogehenemaro-Aghoghoubia (Nigeria), and Mekdelawit Tamirat (Ethiopia) were also approved by Council as new members of the WVFD. The latter three are all students at WSC.

A public hearing was held that was followed by an ordinance that was approved for the annexing of real estate to the City of Wayne that extends corporate limits in the southeast portion of Wayne.

A resolution was brought back up from a previous City Council meeting held back in early November that authorized the sale of a lot located on the corner of 10th and Main Street. City Staff accepted bids for this lot and received two offers. One from Ed and Lee Brogie for $501 and the other from the Wayne State College Foundation for $1,500. Council discussed during that meeting although the Brogie bid was less, they would take it to collect on property taxes as WSC would be exempt. Council voted 4-3 in favor of the Brogie bid, however did not know at the time that it took a majority of elected representatives to pass rather than just a majority of those that were present at the meeting. Leading into Tuesday night’s meeting both Ed and Lee Brogie were in attendance to speak along with Steve Elliott representing Wayne State College as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Both explained the reasons for bidding on the small portion of land on that corner. The Brogie’s have neighboring property to that lot with the sewer line from that house running in to that lot. The Wayne State College Foundation wanted to purchase the property to ensure keeping that corner, which has heavy traffic to the college, aesthetically pleasing. Council had a lot of discussion after hearing from both of the bidders and finally a motion was made and seconded to award the bid to Ed and Lee Brogie once again for $501. Council voted that motion down 3-5, no other motion was made and the resolution died due to lack of motion. With this being the case, the City of Wayne remains in control of that lot.

The final item on the agenda was action to approve and direct City Staff to move forward with the renovation of the concession area in the Wayne Community Activity Center. The Director of the CAC, Amber Schwarte presented her proposal to Council. Her suggestion is to add on to the fitness area to allow a more comfortable experience while exercising. Schwarte’s proposal would allow for nearly six-hundred square feet more room for the fitness area. Council agreed that something should be done to allow for that but action on this approval was tabled so fire codes can be checked before moving forward with the remodel.

For more in depth information about Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, tune in to Big Red Country 104.9 around 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning to hear from City Administrator Wes Blecke. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Tuesday, December 3rd from the Council Chambers in City Hall.