WAYNE – One of the shorter regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meetings focused on a few agenda items Tuesday evening.
From council chambers inside City Hall, the highlight of the night was a check presentation pertaining to the Wayne Pedestrian Trail – Phase II.
Council applied for these funds in 2006 as Mayor Cale Giese said the $26,000 came from the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.
“Everybody is so thankful that we finally got that completed,” said Giese. “Because it was looming over our heads for the entire time that I was on council and then obviously getting back to 2006, long before.”
A special designated liquor permit was then approved for Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company.
“This is just when something falls beyond your normal operation,” Giese added. “You have to apply with the State, and they have these standards set for you. But part of that process with the State is you have to come in front of your local officials and ask for their permission, make sure everything is okay.”
The expanded outdoor beer garden at the 1912 City Hall Building (117 West 2nd Street) will take place on July 20 – 21 with music at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening and then a comedy show at 7 p.m. on Thursday later this month.
The City of Wayne received $315,000 from the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD) for owner-occupied housing which will be utilized through Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation.
Of the grant, $250,000 will go into housing while $65,000 is set aside for administrative costs, according to City Administrator, Wes Blecke.
“When they (NENEDD) have those admin fees, they do a really good job of minimizing that,” Blecke mentioned. “So, that $65,000 can turn around to be $45,000 and then that excess of $20,000 they’ll put back into the program.”
Four properties then had their second reading approved for annexation. Those properties included Kardell Industrial Park, Great Dane Trailers, Department of Roads Wayne Office and Heritage Homes.
Blecke stated during the meeting no public comment has been brought forward on these locations.
The next regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. Budget sessions will follow the July 19 regular agenda as well as August 2 for another work session which the public is encouraged to reach out to their council members and are invited to attend the open meeting.