Property Tax Request & Budget Approved, City Council Opens Discussion About Fence Permits

Property Tax Request & Budget Approved, City Council Opens Discussion About Fence Permits
Wayne Rotary Ceremonial Check Presentation for ping pong table at College Hill Park.

WAYNE – A discussion item along with amending an ordinance took up most of Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting.

From the Community Room of the Wayne Community Activity Center, a ceremonial check presentation from the Wayne Rotary Club opened the meeting about donating a ping pong table in the College Hill Park (old swimming pool park).

Councilmembers also approved the 2020-21 Property Tax Request and Budget. Finance Director Beth Porter budgeted for a 3% valuation and it came in at about at 4.4% which was an extra $17,000 not planned for. City staff upped their park budget where most of the extra money will be going towards.

Moving into a discussion item on fence permits, council was given three options of either to eliminate the permit, add a disclaimer that the City takes no responsibly that the property pins are correct or require the property owner to hire a surveyor to locate the property pins and verify the fence is, in fact, on their property.

Since 2018, there have been 20 permits requested but now property owners are putting up fences without knowing where their property pins are at.

More information will be brought back from city staff about the fence permits. The decision was made towards the second option of tweaking the current permit a little bit and make sure the City of Wayne isn’t held liable for any property disputes. There was also lengthy discussion about option three on getting the fence put in the right way the first time by knowing where your property pins are.

More information was also brought back on a Wayne Municipal Code for semi-truck parking on City of Wayne streets. Semi-trucks are currently allowed overnight parking in three spots South Pearl Street (curve near Lutt Oil); East 2nd Street and east on Fairgrounds Ave.

Council got on the discussion of having semi’s in residential areas at all if it’s not for loading/unloading or in case of an emergency. The overall sense of the council was that the streets are designed for cars not semi-trucks. The first reading passed but more changes will come forward in future readings.

Council also approved the fireworks for the Wayne Chicken Show on the rugby fields at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 as the music can be heard on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9. Grainland Road from the intersection of Pheasant Run Road and proceeding east to the south entrance of the Wayne County Fairgrounds will also be closed from 11 a.m. until noon. The Abu Bekr Shriners from Sioux City will put on their performance as the remainder of the Chicken Show events will take place on the fairgrounds.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. while council will also hold a mini-retreat at the Wayne Fire Hall on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m.