Looking Ahead in Wayne

January 5, 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. It's a great new year's resolution to attend more Council meetings!

Housing Study Review - 4th Street Development

The City is finalizing a housing study that was written by Hanna:Keelan Associates. HK Associates were at the last Council meeting via Zoom to present and answer questions about the study. The study shows the community needs all types of housing, not unlike most other communities across the state.

The Council also discussed two proposals from housing developers for the property just south of 4th Street by the Summer Sports Complex. The Council voted to work with R Perry Construction out of Sioux City to develop those 8 acres of property into multi-family units. The City will now meet with the developer to propose a development contract that will come back to the Council for approval. This development could mean as many as 144 dwelling units (with about 300 bedrooms) built in the next 2-3 years.

Lagoon Development - Lake or No Lake?

Olsson presented results from a Lake Study they put together on behalf of the City for a potential lake in the southwest area of the old lagoon area. The Council discussed the study and potential lake. Much discussion took place regarding if a lake was built, what would the water source look like (storm water runoff or fresh water from the City system). No action was taken but it is assumed that this idea will come back soon to Council for more discussion and a decision.

Sales Tax Initiative

The City Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Wayne Community Schools as the next step to potentially place on the May ballot an initiative to fund Community Activity Center (CAC) improvements and additions. The funding asked for would be through an additional half-cent sales tax. The School Board will now consider the interlocal agreement at its next meeting. The purpose of this partnership is for the CAC to undergo needed renovations/updates as well as provide additional space for the community. The School would utilize additional gym space and other possible upgrades to the facility. The only commitment from the school is the willingness to meet at least once a year with the City to make sure the improvements are working for both entities. 

The City is also looking into the possibility of placing the expiring sales tax measures (c. 2024 for pool bonds, LB 840, capital improvements, etc) on the ballot as well to have all sales tax measures voted upon on the same ballot. This coordination is still being worked out by staff and the City's bond counsel. Stay tuned for more on this.

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