Looking Ahead in Wayne

February 5, 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 306 Pearl Streets. Come on by and see what city government does!

Parking restrictions on Summerfield and Industrial Drives

The City Council passed the second reading of parking restrictions on Summerfield and Industrial Drives out in the Wayne Business Park. While the first reading had restrictions only on one side of the drives, the second reading was amended to restrict parking on both sides at Council’s request. This restriction is to create a safer route for traffic (sometimes wide traffic) navigating through the industrial park. The third and final reading won’t likely be passed until late spring to accommodate businesses along the drives to figure out parking alternatives. Final reading might have additional amendments. 

Council Goals

The City Council approved goals for the next year and beyond from the four mini-retreats they have held over the last year. One of Council’s goals is to create an annexation plan to expand the corporate limits of the city. The Council plans to hold a town hall meeting to discuss the purposes of annexation and what properties to incorporate. Be looking for announcements on when this will be further discussed. 

Senior Center Addition

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has published its preliminary floodplain map, an update to the 1978 map. Unfortunately, additional land in and around Wayne appear to be inside the zone, more than is in the current map. The City hired Olsson (an engineering firm) to research and take elevations of certain properties in Wayne to get the most accurate information to the DNR. City staff met with DNR recently and the department is willing to take a look at anything the City can provide them to make the new map the most accurate as possible. After they finalize the new map, the DNR staff plan to meet with property owners in Wayne and explain what the new map would mean to their properties. A new map might not go before the Wayne City Council until late 2021 or early 2022. If you’d like to obtain additional information, the DNR website has the draft maps. Go to dnr.nebraska.gov and click on Floodplain Management, Interactive Maps, and finally Floodplain Interactive Map. Contact Joel Hansen or myself if you need assistance navigating these maps. Stay tuned for more information on the next step in this process. 

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