Looking Ahead in Wayne

May 8, 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. We would love to have you take part in your local government.

ADA Curb Ramp Project Started

The contractor has started the ADA Curb Ramp project within the limits of 13th Street to 3rd Street, and Sherman to Pearl. After sending letters and plan documents to all property owners impacted by this project, the City held an Open House to address questions and concerns. The plans have also been posted on the City's website. If anyone has questions about this project, please call Joel Hansen or me at City Hall.

Nebraska Street Project Contractor Approved

The City Council has approved Robert Woehler and Sons Construction to work on the Nebraska Street project. This project will start and be completed in 2020. The main question you likely have is why not construct this project in 2019 instead of 2020? By waiting until 2020 the City will save just under $72,000 on this $1.2 million project. While I would like to have seen the project completed this calendar year, $72,000 is a lot of money that we can put into other street repairs. The project will address the storm water issue area residents are experiencing during quick, hard rainfalls. The new street (concrete) and upsized storm sewer pipe will make a huge improvement to this area.

Pheasant Run Water Main Project

JEO Engineering was approved to design the water main to create a redundant loop from the north well field to the City. This project will provide increased reliability for water quantity. This project will be designed now and bid out this fall for spring 2020 construction. The estimated cost is $3 million. The project will hopefully be funded by a low interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The City has the potential of up to a 12% loan forgiveness with this financing. The loan will be repaid by monthly water rates. 

Platting City Property for Potential Development

The Planning Commission on a 5-1 vote and the City Council on a 5-3 vote took the first step in preparing to develop City property along the new 4th Street by approving a preliminary plat of City property. Much discussion concentrated on where a road would go to connect 4th Street to the old lagoon area, what type of development was wanted and the entire process of preparing the land ultimately for sale. Some Council members wanted to see a plan regarding the old lagoon before planning the area to its north. The next steps will be for the Planning Commission and City Council to consider a Final Plat along with amending the Future Land Use Plan and finally a potential rezoning of the land.

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