Looking Ahead in Wayne
November 7, 2018
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 just had an election, so I know you are energized and want to be part of the governing process. It will only hurt a little, I promise!
"Riley's" Is Coming Down
I think most in the community will be excited to see the old Lumber Company/Riley's/Tuscan Grill/Santa Fe Grill/Costa Brava come down in the next few months. The City Council awarded the bid to demolish the structure to Milo Meyer Construction at the last Council meeting. In its prime, this property thrived with multiple businesses and were great assets to the community. As many weddings and dances were held there over the years and where memories were made, yours truly will always remember family dinners at the Lumber Company, watching the Sons of Satan perform, and even attending my (Wakefield's) senior prom in 1996. I am sure the future use of this property will be discussed by Council in the next few months including its annual retreat.
Water and Sewer Rates Adjusted
Water and Sewer customers will see a rate increase on their February 1, 2019 bill from the City. The Council recently set a 3-year adjustment for both water and sewer rates. Starting with usage during the mid-December to mid-January timeframe, the standard (3/4 inch) customer service charge for water will increase from $16 to $20 monthly, while the use rate per thousand (1,000) gallons will increase from $1.60 to $1.75. The resolution passed will also adjust rates in 2020 and 2021. Using the same schedule, sewer customer service charges will increase from $8.00 to $10.00 while the use rate per 1,000 gallons will increase from $6.35 to $7.62. (The sewer use rate per 1,000 gallons only increases in 2019, not in 2020 or 2021). Rates have not been adjusted since 2015/2016. Projects for the water and sewer departments include a new transmission main (water) from the City's well field, as well as a possible new well, and past/future clean-up of the old sewage lagoon. If you have questions about the new rates and/or the proposed improvements to the water system and sewage lagoon clean up, don't hesitate to contact City Hall.
Community Activity Center Weight Room Named After the late Bob Keating
The City Council unanimously named the weight/fitness room at the Community Activity Center after the late Bob Keating at its last meeting. Requested by Doug Carroll, a member of the CAC construction project, the Council felt it was fitting to name this room after Bob as he had spent countless hours supporting the community's efforts to build the CAC. Bob helped raise a substantial amount of funds to supplement the sales tax that ultimately funded the CAC's construction.
Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or