LB840 Loan Terms, Parking Ordinances Discussed At Wayne City Council Meeting

WAYNE – Wayne City Council held their first July meeting Tuesday night from City Hall where they discussed LB840 loan terms, parking and street ordinances.

In a late addition to the agenda, Kim Endicott was appointed to the Library Board. Endicott will be replacing Joel Ankeny. Library Director, Heather Headley told the Council that Endicott has been a supporter of the library and will be a good fit on the board.

The Council next heard a recommendation from the LB840 Sales Tax Committee about a request to amend terms of the original LB840 loan awarded to the Wayne Area Event Center, Inc., or The Beaumont Event & Concert Hall. The committee recommended deferring the principal payments for three years, requiring interest payment through the deferment period and changing the repayment term from 10 to 15 years. Josie Broders, Corby Schweers and Luke Virgil all spoke about the change. Broders and Schweers stated that the changes would allow the business to bring in adequate cash flow to allow for growing the new business. With only one dissenting vote and two Councilmembers absent, the recommendation was approved. The move helps meet two goals, according to City Administrator Wes Blecke.

“Their (the Council’s) two big components are they want the business to be successful and they want to get paid back and so this helps accomplish both of those goals,” Blecke said.

Luke Virgil requested approval for a fireworks display at the Rugby Fields for Henoween on the 13th. Council member Matt Eischeid requested to close Windom Street between 3rd and 4th Streets for the majority of the day from Saturday, July 28th to Wednesday, August 1st for the Senior Legion State Baseball Tournament, which Wayne is hosting. The Council approved both requests. The Council also accepted a plan to extend City services and set a public hearing on a proposal to annex Southview III addition. This will be the first step in the process to replat the area whether it actually gets annexed or not.

The municipal code was amended regarding parking around Sunnyview Park. Currently, the code states that there is no parking on the north side of the park. The changes Tuesday night allow for parking, but a second amendment states that no parking is allowed from midnight to 5 a.m. There has been issues with overnight parking on that street, so the two amendments should clear up multiple problems.

“It’s addressing an issue with the actual ordinance for enforcement purposes and then it’s trying to get people so they’re not parking there 24-7,” Blecke said.

The ordinances regarding waste management and the transfer station and name changes on the power purchase agreement with Cottonwood Wind Project, LLC. both had third and final readings. A payment for $28,639 to OCC Buliders, LLC. was approved for the Wayne Golf and Country Club Clubhouse Improvement Project was also approved.

The City Council will meet again on Tuesday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. They also set a budget work session date for August 7th after the regular meeting.