WAYNE – A regularly scheduled City Council meeting was held on Tuesday, October 2 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting kicked off with a presentation and discussion on water and sewer rate studies. Randy Hellbusch of the Nebraska Rural Water Association was present at the meeting to speak. He discussed a three-year plan in which both water and sewer rates will increase over the next few years beginning January 1 of 2019. Council agreed that moving forward with the plan with gradual increase in rates would be better than having a major increase later down the road.
The second reading of an ordinance that involves rezoning the area known as the Southview III Addition from agricultural to residential was next on the agenda. The motion was carried on an 8-0 vote and the final reading will be at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
The ordinance that was tabled at the previous meeting involving amending the Wayne Municipal Code in regards to fences and screens. The ordinance was re-worded to involve language that the City Council may, by granting a waiver, authorize the construction of a fence higher than six feet if the applicant provides proof of documented disability, with verification that an enclosure exceeding six feet in height is necessary for the protection of an individual living on that premises. Under no circumstance however shall a fence exceed eight feet in height. With the new wording the ordinance carried on its third and final reading by a 6-2 vote.
Another ordinance had a third and final reading on Tuesday night. This one involving open hours of some of the public parks in Wayne. There has been much discussion and back and forth between Council on this ordinance. That didn’t change on Tuesday night. Parks that would have hours will include the Summer Sports Complex, including the dog park and rugby fields, as well as the baseball complex and Hank Overin Field. Some Council Members stressed that they would like to see the hours applied straight across the board, including all parks in Wayne excluding those with camping areas in them. Like the second reading of this ordinance this vote was a 4-4 tie. Mayor Brodersen again broke the tie so that only the Summer Sports Complex, including the dog park and rugby fields, as well as the baseball complex and Hank Overin Field will have open hours from 5 a.m.- 11 p.m. There was a slight change to the ordinance wording so that if a ball game ran late it wouldn’t be unlawful activity as long as it had Mayor approval if a regularly scheduled City Council meeting wasn’t imminent.
The ordinance involving campground rules and regulations was carried as well. However, the 11 a.m. checkout time was stricken from the set of rules that were set up. The full list of the 14 rules will eventually be posted at all parks with overnight camping areas.
Action on a change order for the 2nd Street Storm Sewer Improvement Project for an increase of $19,616.00 to Robert Woehler and Sons Construction Company, Inc and an increase of 10 plus days on substantial completion and final payment was requested of the Council. The motion carried and the project will hopefully see its completion in the next couple of weeks. Action followed on pay estimate for the same project in the amount of $216,679.49 to Robert Woehler and Sons Construction Company, Inc. and motion also carried on that action.
The next item on the agenda was a resolution of accepting a bid and awarding contract on the purchase of a John Deere 4066M Compact Utility Tractor from Grossenburg Implement for the amount of $22,000 after the trade in of 1997 model that has 2140 hours ran. The motion was carried.
The final item on the agenda was action on pay estimate for the Electric Meter Cutover West Inner and East Inner Conversion Electric Distribution Project. The amount of $39, 350.49 to Klein Electric, Inc. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned.
Tune into The View from Wayne, America on Wednesday morning for more information about Tuesdays City Council meeting as Council President Cale Giese and City Administrator Wes Blecke will be the featured guests on the show airing a little after 9 a.m. on Big Red Country 104.9.
The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.