Pine Heights Road Information Provided, Semi Truck Parking Ordinances To See Action Later This Month

WAYNE – As City of Wayne attorney, Amy Miller will re-write the ordinances pertaining to semi-truck parking for councilmembers for October 20, JEO Consulting Group, Inc. also spoke about an upcoming project for next year.

The regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting was held in the Community Room of the Wayne Community Activity Center Tuesday evening.

Pine Heights Road Improvements will be going out for bid this month as bids will be opened in early November. This project has been talked about for a couple years and the City of Wayne received grant funding last year where $400,000 of the about million-dollar project will be paid by the state (NEMA) and feds (FEMA). The intersections on Pine Heights from 9th to 10th street will be redone along with a section around 10th and Pine Heights to change a grade for better water drainage which will include storm sewer work. Water lines and sewer lines will also be replaced. The hope is to start the project in April of 2021 and be done by October of 2021.

Truck parking again took up most of the meeting. If the ordinance would have passed Tuesday night as written, there would be no truck parking allowed on any street as that was not the consensus of the council. Some wording will be re-written and come forward again during the next meeting. One of the ordinances was tabled while two more passed for the third and final reading.

Councilmembers closed out the meeting by approving temporarily pay out police department vacation leave in the amount over the accrual limit at current wage rates. With the Wayne Police Department down two police officers they are not able to take time off (still allowed with short-staff, not being forced to not take time off). This will allow an extra 100 hours they can accrue without losing vacation time. As once the limit is reached the officers will then be paid out as they continue to accrue vacation hours.

Chief of Police, Marlen Chinn stated during the meeting they have four policemen on staff along with himself and are currently seeking two more to fill the openings in the department. There is a $3,000 sign-on bonus for certified officers.

The remainder of the walking trail is contracted out through the second week of November for substantial completion. Final completion will include re-seeding throughout the month as the City of Wayne is working through the DOT for a ribbon cutting event on either November 13 or 20. Also, the new playground feature at Sunnyview Park is being installed and depending on weather could be done soon.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m.