Looking Ahead in Wayne

January 22, 2020

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 be honored to have you join us for some governance!

How do I run for public office?

Sometimes the scariest part of running for public office is not knowing how to get started. Although there can be different processes with each different position, most are very similar. Using City Council as an example, the process to get your name on the ballot includes the following steps. Come to City Hall and speak with City Clerk Betty McGuire. She will have you fill out a short candidate filing form and pay a $45 filing fee (this is $80 for Mayor); the fee is 1% of the $4,500 salary for a Councilmember. You will receive a filing fee receipt that will be required for your next and final stop with the County Clerk’s office (Deb Finn) at the Courthouse. The County Clerk will verify that you are a registered voter, residing in the ward from which you are running. A candidate filing form will be prepared and presented to you for your signature. At that point you will have officially filed to run for public office (in this example, City Council). Not a scary process at all! Incumbents (anyone currently holding public office) have until February 15 to file, and new filers have until March 2. More information can be found on the Wayne County website (www.waynecountyne.org) under "County Offices" and then "Election".

City Council Retreat Held

The City Council and Mayor held its quarterly retreat at City Hall on Wednesday, January 15. The retreat lasted about 3 1/2 hours with many topics covered. Council discussed annexation, city hall improvements, terrace parking, flood plain study, sales tax (possible 1/2 cent increase), and improvements to the Community Activity Center. Council also hears from Luke Virgil on an economic development update. The next quarterly retreat is planned for the last Tuesday in March.

Senior Center Addition

At its most recent meeting, the Wayne City Council awarded the Senior Center Addition project to Sioux Contractors from Sioux City, IA. This addition is to be completed by May 15, 2020 and will include space for a walk-in freezer and storage space for dry goods. This addition is to address a major need for the Senior Center’s meal program. Since the original building was not built with meal preparation in mind, the staff at the Center has had to "make do" for a couple of years with insufficient food storage. This will be a great improvement at the Senior Center, making meal preparation more convenient. Make sure to stop and see the progress.....and take a taste test for lunch. Diane would love to see you!

Airport Update

Travis Meyer, the newly elected Airport Board President, gave an airport update to the City Council at the most recent meeting. He discussed the projects taking place at the airport, including another parallel runway project to complete the longest north-south runway. Meyer also promoted the new Red Bird flight simulator the airport acquired. This will be used with the new flying club, Northeast Nebraska Aviators. Membership is $250 for residents of 68787 and $500 for those outside of 68787. The club meets on the second Sunday of the month at the airport board room at 5:00 p.m. Come check them out to see if you want to become their newest member!

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