WAYNE – The Wayne City Council gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening. The meeting was kicked off with Wayne Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Phil Monahan, introducing another candidate that has applied for membership to the WVFD. Sumaya Ibrahim is the newest member of the WVFD after Council passed her application for membership. Ibrahim is originally from Ethiopia and is currently a sophomore at Wayne State College.
An update on the 2019 Wayne Trail Repair Project was presented to Council by David Wiggens whom is the Senior Civil Project Engineer from Leo A. Daly. He answered questions asked by Council and described the process moving forward for the project. A resolution followed this presentation that would reaffirm the project engineer and approve the plans, specifications, and estimate of cost for the Wayne Trail Repair Project. The estimated $1.5 project is guessed to be bid out by February of 2020 with construction starting hopefully in May of 2020.
Another presentation and vote by Council followed this dealing with the 2020 Property and Casualty Insurance Package. Cap Peterson represented the Northeast Nebraska Insurance Agency and spoke to Council and answered questions dealing with this package. Council ultimately voted to approve by a 7-0 vote.
Luke Virgil of Wayne Area Economic Development and Greg Ptacek who is the owner of Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company were next to the podium to address Council about the LB840 Revolving Loan Fund that Ptacek plans to use to purchase the real estate at 121 Pearl Street where Johnnie Byrd Brewing Co. currently sits. $40,000 of this revolving loan fund will assist Ptacek in purchasing and conducting improvements such as air conditioning to the back room to of his business. Currently Ptacek is renting the property. The 15-20-year loan was approved by Council and plans for the property to officially change hands will occur in January.
A public hearing was conducted by Mayor Giese to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation regarding zoning text. The applicant, Tom Jacobsen, owner of Wayne Rentals LLC was present to answer questions from the public along with Council although there were none. The request was to revert parking requirements for R-5 Residential back to one parking space per sleeping room of properties. The only area of Wayne that is zoned R-5 Residential is just west of Main Street near the college according to Zoning Administrator, Joel Hansen. Following this public hearing an ordinance was approved by Council by a vote of 7-0.
The third and final reading of two City ordinances took place and were approved by Council. The first was in regards to amending the Wayne Municipal Code about moving buildings. This deals with moving mobile homes within the City of Wayne and was passed unanimously 7-0. The second of these ordinances was annexing a portion of land in the southeast corner of Wayne and extending corporate limits to the Southeast Quadrant to include said real estate and was also passed.
A resolution dealing with the plans and specifications for the “Senior Center/Freezer Pantry Storage Addition Project” was approved 6-0 by Council with Councilwomen Brodersen abstaining from the vote as one of the architects of the project. This resolution authorizes City Clerk McGuire to advertise for bids. Roger Protzman of JEO Consulting Group hopes to have received all bids by January 15th and award a bid at the January 21st City Council meeting.
Two more resolutions were also passed by Council on Tuesday evening. First, they approved a Pole Agreement with WayneNet, LLC. Secondly, approval was reached in an administrative service agreement with ICMA Retirement Corporation.
Action on a letter of intent directed to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to apply for an award through the Community and Civic Center Financing Fund Program was also approved by Council.
Finally, reappointment of Jill Brodersen and Jon Meyer to the Wayne Community Redevelopment Authority were both approved by Council before the meeting adjourned.
For more in depth information about Tuesday’s City Council meeting tune in to Big Red Country 104.9 on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. to hear from City Administrator Wes Blecke. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 7th 2020 at the Council Chambers inside City Hall.