Looking Ahead in Wayne

September 4, 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. Name one thing you'd rather do on a Tuesday night than come see your City government at work!

Budget

At its Sept. 3rd meeting the City Council passed the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (or FY 2020). The tax levy (or rate) remained virtually the same as last year at 0.411663. This levy translates that for every $100,000 of assessed value your property has, your tax liability would be $411.66 to the City next year in property taxes. This includes the general fund (police, admin, etc.) as well as debt service (i.e. streets). ***Your tax bill as a resident of the City of Wayne will obviously be more than this as the other taxing entities, besides the City, include Wayne County, Wayne Community Schools, Northeast Community College, Natural Resource District (NRD), Educational Service Unit (ESU), Rural Fire District and the Wayne County Ag Society (County Fair)***. You will soon be able to access the City's approved budget for FY 20 on the City of Wayne's website. The new fiscal year starts on October 1.

Trail Phase II

The State opened bids for the Wayne Trail Phase II on August 29. The Wayne City Council recommended approving the low bidder, TR Harris, with the State hopefully following suit in mid-September. If all continues to go well with this project, next year at this time we will be having a ribbon-cutting for Phase II........I almost promise!

Hank Projects

The Council also just approved Ardent Lighting to replace the old lights and poles at Hank Overin Field. This will be a $310,000 project. The old lights were first installed in the early 1980s. Also, the City and many volunteers (coordinated by Councilman Matt Eischeid) are rebuilding the pitching mound, adding new sod to the infield and simply making a much nicer playing field (smoother and easier to drain). The City hopes this will entice more tournaments at the field, both area and state in the near future.

Bressler Park and Roosevelt Park Improvements

The City workers have been very busy this past month making improvements to parks. The old Bressler Park "bandshell" came down, and a new concrete base is in place that will be accessible for all to enjoy. This accessibility will include sidewalks to the "stage" as well as additional sidewalks through the park. Roosevelt Park (Boy Scout Park) on South Nebraska now has a turnaround for vehicles as well as handicap parking. A portable restroom has also been added. This park is serving as a trailhead while the Victor Park area is closed due to the trail collapse at the underpass. ***The City is currently soliciting engineers for this portion of the trail to be repaired!***

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