Parking Ordinance Advances Past Second Reading, City of Wayne Goals Identified

WAYNE – With only a few items drawing the attention of the council, the first of two regularly scheduled city council meetings wrapped up early Tuesday evening.

Inside the council chambers of the City Hall, council approved the second reading of a parking amendment on both sides of Summerfield Drive and Industrial Drive. City Administrator, Wes Blecke said after meeting with Williams Form they may attend the final reading which won’t be until after the second meeting in February.

Brief discussion was had about two-hour parking on the north side of the road but what the staff was recommended was for no parking on both sides. Council can make amendments prior to the third and final reading but the second reading passed to remove permanent parking on both sides of the street.

After several mini-retreats the council hosted in 2019, a resolution was created to outline the current year goals and future goals. Councilmembers will regularly evaluate the progress toward achieving their goals.

Blecke mentioned the council will be conducting town hall meetings to proceed with annexation of various properties. Other current year goals included the Community Activity Center, accessibility for City Hall/Council Chambers, City Auditorium, garbage contains in right-of-way (ROW), city properties, protecting ROW, terrace parking and ADA sidewalks at public places.

Future goals were to continue plans to fully decommission lagoon and begin development, discussion of the future of electricity (2020 and beyond), explore opportunities for the use of the activity center by other entities and putting the electric substation on hold.

Councilmembers also approved the consultant agreement between the City of Wayne and Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District for construction management services. These services would relate to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) the City of Wayne was awarded to be used for infrastructure improvements between 9th and 10th Street on Pine Heights Road.

To end the meeting, councilmembers approved the mayoral appointment of Galen Wiser to the Wayne Public Housing Authority. Wiser will replace Pat Gross on the Villa Wayne Board of Commissioners whose term would have expired on June 30, 2022.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m.