Looking Ahead in Wayne

December 7, 2022

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 3rd and Pearl Streets, City Hall Council Chambers. Come experience local governance in action!

Mayor Giese and Councilmembers Sworn In

At the Dec 6th City Council meeting, Mayor Cale Giese was sworn in as Wayne's mayor for a second term. Also being sworn in were newly elected councilmember Clayton Bratcher as well as re-elected members Matt Eischeid, Jason Karsky and Jill Brodersen. Jill Brodersen was unanimously elected Council President again by her peers. Mayor Giese presented a service plaque to outgoing councilmember Chris Woehler. We thank him for his years of service. 

Year-End Actions

The City Council took many year-end actions at its last meeting. An annual agreement with the Nebraska Department of Transportation was approved; this is a maintenance agreement that the City pays the State to keep the Highway 35 turn lane inside city limits in good repair. Joel Hansen was appointed as the City Street Superintendent; this action allows the City to receive a highway incentive payment. There were also numerous department head appointments. The City Administrator and City Attorney are appointed at the times when their contracts are renewed. The Mayor also made appointments of Ellen Imdieke and Rita McLean to the Problem Resolution Team (PRT) and Kevin Peterson to the Civil Service Commission. If you are ever interested in serving on a board or committee for the City, pleas reach out directly to the Mayor or to City Staff.

Proposals for 2nd and Logan/Nebraska Street

The Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) recently requested proposals for property development at 2nd and Logan/Nebraska Streets. The deadline was November 9, but the CRA didn't receive any proposals. At its last meeting the members decided to "extend" the deadline of the RFP indefinitely. So in essence the CRA is willing to continue to take proposals until they find the right one. If you or someone you know has interest in this property AND has a plan for redevelopment, please contact City Hall. 

Possible Future City Hall Update

The City has been discussing acquiring the Ameritas property on Main Street for a couple of months, exploring the idea of moving City Hall and the Wayne Police Department to this location. The last step to determine if the City will make an offer or not is trying to figure out what an interior remodel would cost. To get relatively accurate numbers, the City is likely going to work with an architect or contractor to accomplish this. That work order has not yet been approved. In the meantime the City is in the process of securing a purchase agreement for the parking lot north of the Ameritas property owned by the First United Methodist Church. This purchase agreement will be contingent on the City purchasing the Ameritas properties. 

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