MayDay STOL Updates Provided To Council , Black Hills Energy To Resume Bare Steel Replacement

WAYNE – From liquor licenses, to a fireworks display and TIF workforce housing, Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting had plenty to highlight.

From the council chambers inside City Hall, Mayor Cale Giese began the meeting with a proclamation of April 29 as ‘Arbor Day’.

This will mark the 31st year that Wayne has been listed as Tree City USA.

Street and Planning Director, Joel Hansen said there are four standards you must comply with, and one is the Arbor Day Proclamation.

“We have to spend $2 for every person that lives in Wayne on trees,” said Hansen. “We have to have a tree ordinance and then the fourth one is you have to have an Arbor Day Celebration. So, last few years that’s been waived because of COVID but this year we’ll hopefully maybe we can see if we can get something together with of the school classes again and try to plant a tree somewhere.”

Matt Haschke represented the Wayne County Fair Board seeking approval for a fireworks display on Saturday, July 23 during the 100th annual fair. The display would be in the field east of Bomgaars and behind Herman Chiropractic.

Haschke is taking the necessary steps and has been in contact with the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department and stated this will be weather permitting following the concert Saturday evening.

Travis Meyer then updated council on the second Wayne Municipal Airport MayDay STOL event being planned for May 20 – 22.

Last year was a huge success with 28 states being represented and MayDay STOL was viewed over 750,000 times with national coverage. The event is being pushed back a few weeks in hope of less wind and will be one day shorter than last year.

Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 20 – 21 while Sunday, May 22 will be meant as a Family Fun Day and a chance for rides.

Volunteers are always welcome for those who would like to assist.

A special designated liquor permit for the Wayne Airport Authority was then approved for May 19 – 22 during the airplane drag races. Andrea Zara stated the same safety protocols will be followed.

Another liquor license manager application was approved for Chad J Hoeppner for the Eagles FO Wayne Arie 3757 due to a change in hands.

Lunas Mexican Restaurant is seeking a Class A Liquor License (beer only). The application was approved.

A second public hearing pertained to TIF workforce housing after a recent housing study was completed.

A few years back, the Nebraska Legislature created criteria in order to use TIF funds for vertical construction. The City of Wayne currently doesn’t have any developers to use this specific type of funding.

Mayor Cale Giese added it’s great to have this at the ready.

“This is good for two years,” Mayor Giese added. “We’ll have to have another housing study because that’s the other component of this. Then you have to have a Workforce Housing Incentive plan also in place. So, we’re ready to help whoever is looking to develop at that construction project.”

This is different than the common TIF that is allowed for purchase of property and public infrastructure where the vertical TIF construction will allow the developer to buy the materials to build.

Black Hills Energy will be resuming their work in Area D (southeast quadrant) and start back-up by May 1 which is roughly 40% complete. The group will be looking to complete three areas in 2022 for bare steel replacement of gas mains of Area D; then Area A (northwest quadrant) and Area C (southwest quadrant) as Area B was complete last year near the college.

Hansen mentioned Black Hills Energy will be notifying homeowners that there’ll be limited access during their work as they close block-by-block.

“If you have an issue with them, I would say that if the contractor is right there they were open to talking to people,” Hansen mentioned. “But if the contractor has moved on from your area and you find something get ahold of the City office and they’ll get you in touch with me. We’ll work with the company and the contractor, they have an agreement that basically spells out that they will put everything back the way they found it.”

Council did approve the community-wide blanket construction permit agreement with the increase of $800 to $1,000 for each permit fee.

Pat Melena, Chele Meisenbach and Breck Giese were then re-appointment to the Planning Commission for a three-year term prior to adjournment.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Complete View Interview with Mayor Cale Giese and Street & Planning Director Joel Hansen.