Liquor License, Workforce Housing Public Hearings On Council Agenda

WAYNE – A pair of public hearings will highlight Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting.

From the council chambers inside City Hall, the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a proclamation of April 29 being ‘Arbor Day’.

Matt Haschke will approach council on an action request to approve a firework display on Saturday, July 23 for the Wayne County Fair. The location would be the east of Bomgaars and behind Herman Chiropractic.

Travis Meyer will then provide an update on the Wayne Municipal Airport MayDay STOL (short takeoff and landing) event being scheduled for May 20 – 22. Council will also act on the special designated liquor permit for the Wayne Airport Authority between May 19 – 22 for the airplane drag races.

Another action item will be for a liquor license manager application of Chad J Hoeppner for the Eagles FO Wayne Arie 3757.

Moving into the first of two public hearings, Lunas Mexican Restaurant is seeking approval for a Class A Liquor License (beer only).

A second public hearing will be for a workforce housing incentive plan. Prior to a legislative bill being passed in 2019, tax increment financing (TIF) was generally limited to pay costs of site purchase, utility extension, public infrastructure, sidewalks, planning and certain rehabilitation expenditures. The Bill, among other items, provided that TIF may be used for the actual construction of new workforce housing and rehabilitation costs exceeding 50% of assessed valuation on residential workforce housing units.

Prior to utilizing TIF for workforce housing, the City must receive a housing study within the last 24 months and hold a hearing on an incentive plan for the use of TIF for workforce housing. Tuesday’s public hearing is the next step in the process to use TIF for workforce housing

The final resolution on the council agenda pertains to approving the community-wide blanket construction permit agreement between the City of Wayne and Black Hills Nebraska Gas, LLC (Black Hills Energy). Section maps are located on pages 72 – 74 of the council packet.

Black Hills Energy would like to move forward with their bare steel replacement and start by completing Section D which began last fall. Following the completion of Section D, the company would move into Section A and then into Section C with the goal to complete all three areas this year.

A trio of re-appointments to the Planning Commission will also be addressed prior to adjournment. They include Pat Melena, Chele Meisenbach and Breck Giese.