Recap Of Tuesday Evening City Council Meeting

WAYNE – The Wayne City Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday to discuss several items on the agenda. The meeting lasted just over an hour with many topics discussed by Council.

The third and final reading of an amendment in the Wayne Municipal Code took place that regarded fireworks. The ordinance passed so now if the Mayor of Wayne sees it fit the public can set off fireworks a day after the 4th of July if for some reason weather or other circumstances affect the 4th of July celebrations. The ordinance passed 6-1.

Another ordinance was put in front of Council that would approve the vacation of an alley located near 208 Douglas Street. The ordinance was approved with future reading to come in the next couple of readings.

An ordinance that authorizes the issuance of Highway Allocation Fund Pledge and Refunding Bonds was approved by Council. The principal amount is not to exceed @2,000,000 and the purpose of this is for paying the costs of street improvements and related improvements with in City limits and to provide for the payments and redemption of certain outstanding highway allocation fund pledge bonds for the City. This ordinance was approved and the three necessary readings were waived and final approval was reached.

Action on the State of Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Manager Application of David Staab for Pizza Hut was approved by Council.

Two public hearings took place during the Council meeting. The hearings didn’t last long as there wasn’t much of an attendance during the meeting. The first was a budget hearing while the second dealt with tax asking and the property tax levy. After the public hearings Council adopted the 2019-2020 budget and also set the property tax request for 2019-2020. Soon after an ordinance was passed and the three readings were waived a that approved the annual appropriation bill.

Three more resolutions were discussed and passed by Council including approving the allowable 1% increase in base limitation of the restricted funds’ budget. A bid was accepted and the contract was awarded for the Hank Overin Field Lighting Project to Ardent Lighting for the amount of $310,000. Finally, Council approved a bid and awarded a contract of the Wayne Trail Project, Phase 2, to T.R. Harris Construction, Inc., for $1,990,000.04. Council approved 6-0.

An ordinance was amended regarding the Wayne Municipal Code that will make the Wayne Airport an Airport Hazard Area and protect the six runways that currently sit there. This ordinance was approved by Council 7-0.

One final ordinance was discussed that eliminates the title of Superintendent of Public Works and Utilities and replace it to the City Administrator within the Municipal Code. The ordinance was passed with the three readings waived as final approval was granted.

Action on a change order was the final item on the agenda regarding the 2018 Pedestrian Curb Ramp Project which will extend the substantial and final completion dates on the project for I&A Construction, LLP. This changes the final completion date back approximately 10 days to October 11, 2019. Council approved the action.

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17th from the Council Chambers at City Hall. The set meeting time will be at 5:30 p.m.