Green Team Highlights Earth Day, Chicken Show Street Closures Approved

WAYNE – Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting quickly moved through with a handful of agenda items.

From the council chambers inside City Hall, Sandy Brown first began with the annual Wayne Green Team update.

Brown went over four topics of impacting reducing waste; opportunities to reduce, re-use and recycle; creating a ripple effect on other communities and Earth Day is every day.

Brown said the Wayne Green Team has identified 18 different materials that can be recycled.

“So, we’re working on rebulbing the website,” said Brown. “Getting all the information easy to find, easy to know what to do and where to take it. So, that should be launching here in the next couple of weeks.”

Visit cityofwayne.org/581/green-team for more information.

Make plans to attend this week’s Zero Waste Chamber Coffee event from the Wayne Public Library on Friday, April 22, which is Earth Day at 10 a.m. Other events will also be the free screening of ‘My Octopus Teacher’ at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and join the WSC Exercise is Medicine Club in a spring clean-up of the Wayne Walking Trail. Meet at the ping pong tables across from Wildcat Lane at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday to be assigned a group and trail section.  The goal is to pick up as much trash as possible to keep the Wayne Walking Trail clean.

Remember to bring your own mug for coffee on Friday morning as well as your own cup and popcorn container to the movie on Sunday.

The Haskell Ag Lab in Concord will also be hosting ‘Roots to Leaves Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration’ on Saturday, April 30 from 1 – 4 p.m.

“Just a huge shoutout and thank you to our community,” Brown added. “Our city and the employees there and all the businesses who really support sustainability in Wayne and green living.”

September 24 will mark the ninth electronics recycling event since 2013 the Wayne Green Team has hosted. So far, 145,000 pounds of electronics have been recycled.

Lowell Heggemeyer, Park and Recreation Director then went over projects completed in 2021 along with a task list for 2022.

Park and Recreation Updates

Recreation Services Coordinator, Amber Schwarte also talked about Wayne Community Activity Center updates along with lifeguard training beginning in early May. A total of 16 lifeguards will be on staff this summer.

Abby Schademann with the Wayne Chicken Show Committee provided the normal street closure information. The 42nd annual Wayne Chicken Show will be Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10.

All action items were approved along with a ‘temporary use’ of the State Highway System for special events of Henoween and Chicken Show.

Chicken Show Street Closures

Schademann also stated they’ll be working with the Fire Chief in case dry conditions remain during the fireworks display on Friday, July 8 on the rugby fields by the Wayne Softball Complex.

Closing out the meeting was an amendment to the Problem Resolution Team (PRT) complaint process. The PRT started over 10 years ago and updated their process for housing issues that need to be addressed.

Complaints can be filed at City Hall as the name of the person with the complaint will be redacted unless it hits the court system.

Members of the Problem Resolution Team make up the community process.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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