Update On Water Projects And Report From Wayne Airport Authority During Tuesday Evening City Council Meeting

WAYNE –Tuesday evening provided a regularly scheduled City Council meeting at City Hall which started at 5:30 p.m. There were 12 items on the agenda which included two resolutions and two ordinances as well as updates from Wayne’s Water Supervisor, Casey Junck, and a report from Wayne Airport Authority President, Travis Meyer.

Meyer took the podium first to address Council after the approval of the claims and minutes. Meyer spoke of the Wayne Airport Authority’s most recent meeting in which they held elections and he was voted as President. Meyer spoke to Council about the taxi-way addition project and explained there is hopes that it will be completed by the summer of 2021 but could be later due to a required 60 day settling period after the dirt work is completed. Travis also mentioned the Northeast Nebraska Aviators Club which held their first official meeting this previous Sunday. The Wayne Airport houses a simulator in which Club members will have unlimited access too and Meyer wants this tool to be used by many not only from Wayne but from surrounding areas as well.

Next to the podium was Wayne Water Supervisor, Casey Junck to update Council what is going on within the water department. Junck would like to see an addition to a city well house on the north side of town to allow for storage of both chlorine and fluoride. Junck also talked to Council about testing kits for lead and copper that will be sent out to schools and daycares in the future. Junck was advised of this at a conference and the dates these testing kits will be sent out is not known at this time. Casey finished up by talking about the new control system that was installed last fall and that it is up and running well.

The first resolution Council discussed was approving an amendment to the owner-engineer agreement between the City of Wayne and JEO Consulting Group Inc. for the “Transmission Water Main from North Well Field to City Limits Project”. This would cost an additional $115,254 dollars on top of the cost of the project. Council decided to let this resolution die with a lack of motion to approve this amendment.

The next resolution was accepting the bid and awarding a contract to Sioux Contractors Inc. for the “Wayne Senior Center Room and Walk-In Freezer Addition Project”. This resolution was passed unanimously by Council. The bid amount was $47,800.

Two ordinances were approved by Council before the meeting was adjourned. The first was the third and final reading regarding parking in areas zoned R-5. The only area of Wayne this affects is on 13th Street just west of Main Street. The final ordinance in front of Council also was in regards to parking but in a different area of town. Parking will be prohibited on Summerfield Drive as well as Industrial Drive. Council thinks its best to keep those streets as clear as possible for the bigger types of machinery that travel that area most. This area is just north of Highway 35 and east of Centennial Road. This ordinance will see two more readings before reaching final approval.

For more information about Tuesday night’s City Council meeting tune in to Big Red Country 104.9 around 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning to hear from Mayor Cale Giese and City Administrator Wes Blecke. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting is set for Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30 p.m. inside the Council Chambers at City Hall.