Looking Ahead in Wayne

February 6, 2019

City Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in city hall at 306 Pearl Streets. Come on by and see what City government does!

City Council Retreat

The Mayor and City Council held its annual retreat at the Wayne Fire Hall on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19. The Mayor and Council discussed 20+ topics. Some topics were discussed at length and others were discussed by just scratching the surface of the issue. Some of these topics included the future of the electric and water systems, annexation of property, and improvements to City-owned properties. The Mayor and Council will likely pass a resolution at its next meeting acknowledging its goals for the next one to five years as they were discussed at the retreat.

One and Six Year Street Improvement Program

Typically referred to as "the 1 & 6 Year Plan," the Council approved the annual plan for improving certain street segments in the next 1 to 6 years. If the street segment doesn't appear on this plan in the 1 Year list, it cannot be completed by the City in 2019. While there is flexibility to amend this plan if need be throughout the year, since the plan is approved every year, amendments are rare. One of the main projects on this plan for 2019 is the replacement of the existing street and storm sewer on Nebraska Street from 7th to 2nd Streets. This will greatly improve drainage issues along this stretch of street.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 Audit

The City had its FY 17-18 annual audit presented to the City Council at its last meeting by Terry Galloway with Almquist, Maltzahm, Galloway & Luth, PC, the City's auditor. Galloway complimented the City on many financial aspects, including when compared to like-sized cities, lower property taxes per capita, low general administration costs, and very low outstanding general obligation debt. Suggested improvements included better debt coverage in the electric and sewer funds (signifying increased rates and/or lower expenditures) and increasing cash reserves across all funds. All in all Galloway gave a very positive report on City finances. To view a full copy of the annual audit, go to www.cityofwayne.org under the Quick Links tab. If you have questions about the audit, feel free to contact Beth Porter, Finance Director, or me.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or email Wes Blecke