Looking Ahead in Wayne

June 22, 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. We would be thrilled to have you check out your Council in action!

7th and Main Development

The City Council took another step to making 7th and Main Street redevelopment a reality as it approved an LB 840 loan for $300,000 to Nix Wayne, LLC (aka Jimmy Johns in Wayne). Jimmy Johns hopes to be open in the first quarter of 2023. Much more work obviously needs to be completed at that corner before a restaurant can open. The Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA), the entity that owns the real estate, will be contracting work to be completed on that corner for site development which will include dirt moving, paving a drive thru lane, building a retaining wall, and cleaning up the basement/property just north of the future Jimmy Johns.

Chicago Street and South Lincoln Improvements; 200 South Lincoln For Sale

Robert Woehler and Sons is the City contractor to improve the area to connect South Sherman and South Lincoln streets in the next few months. With the new Chicago Street connecting this area, South Lincoln Street will also be replaced with new concrete and an upgrade in water lines. The City owns a couple of lots in this area that will likely be open for development. One of those lots was given to the CRA to place the house from 711 Main. That house, now at 200 South Lincoln, is having the basement foundation poured soon, and is for sale at any time during this process. If you or someone you know is interested in this house, please contact the City for more information or to make an offer.

Trail Use and Privacy

After tabling the action from last meeting, the City Council took action on a request by Joe Gubbels to assist in paying for part of a fence he'd like to put up that borders the trail in Westwood. His situation is somewhat unique as the trail is not only in an easement off of his back yard, it is also in an easement just outside of his side yard. He also has the trail in front of his house on City right of way. The Council discussed paying for a part of his fence (the City damaged part of his old fence about two years ago but did not repair it at that time as Mr. Gubbels was deciding what he wanted to do with a new fence; the City had offered to pay $200 cash as that is about what it would have cost to repair his old fence) vs. planting vegetation to help with privacy. The issue with the plantings is that the trail is very close to his property so in all likelihood the vegetation will grow onto both his property and the trail path without constant attention. Also, the cost of plantings is not cheap and will take years to grow. The Council ultimately decided to pay $400 towards the fence as the cost of fencing and labor has increased over the last couple of years since Mr. Gubbels' fence was damaged.

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