Looking Ahead in Wayne

September 16, 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 3rd and Pearl Streets, or in another advertised place due to social distancing guidelines. Name one thing you'd rather do on a Tuesday night than come see your City government at work!

City Projects

The Wayne City Council discussed the variety of projects happening concurrently in the community by the City. The shade structure in Bressler Park should be up in the next month. This will be a great addition to the already new stage that City crews poured last fall. Sunnyview Park should have new equipment by the first week of October. This will make all of us wish we were 10 again! The trail projects are progressing. The City is doing some additional work on the trail under the bridge, so that has put our opening schedule on hold. We still hope to have the trail in its entirety open by mid-October. And how about that lagoon? The Council accepted a bid to remove the concrete along the berm. We hope that is finished by early summer 2021. The City will start hauling sludge to the airport farm ground in the next few weeks; we will be looking for a contractor/farmer to spread this for us. We have made much progress with incorporating a good amount of sludge on site (in the lagoon) as our engineer allows. We have also sown rye grass in the southern most section (7-8 acres) to reclaim some of that property. This will continue to be a slow process but the end result will be much more greenspace/recreation space to the City.

If you have ideas for these or other projects for the City, please let City staff know or reach out directly to your Council representatives or Mayor!

Community Activity Center Improvements

The City is meeting regularly with its architect, Carlson West Povondra, to discuss upgrades to the Community Activity Center and potentially adding on additional space. That additional space could be another court with much needed storage and perhaps a small elevated track, or it could include an indoor pool for year-round swimming and lessons We are still in the early stages of the planning. Again....reach out to us with suggestions for these improvements.

Park Projects

The City Council passed on 2nd reading a parking ordinance banning truck parking on City streets (unless loading, unloading and in emergencies) as well as banning truck parking in residential districts on private property from 9 pm to 7 am. There will be a 3rd reading scheduled for debate at the next regular meeting on October 6. Amendments can still be made on the final reading, so I am being a broken record with the public engagement piece on any city issue throughout this article, please reach out to the City if you have a strong opinion on the truck parking issue.

Quarterly Council Retreat

The City Council will hold its next retreat on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

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