Looking Ahead in Wayne

February 17, 2021

City Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Community Activity Center....until this COVID virus is behind us. Come on by virtually or in person and be an active citizen participant in City government!

Southwest Power Pool - Electrical Event

With the incredibly cold temperatures in the Southwest Power Pool's (SPP) service area (touching all or parts of 14 states) these last few days, the region has seen some rolling blackouts for short times. I guess you could call it a perfect storm when multiple factors came to be at the same time. A lack of wind kept turbines from turning. Coal was frozen to the ground making it nearly impossible in places to get those engines rolling. Natural gas supply was short in areas, including reports of a natural gas line in Texas freezing up and malfunctioning. Couple those scenarios with residential and commercial/industrial customers using high quantities of natural gas and electricity for heat......and you get a mess! Although Nebraska proper might not have had all the issues that the other 14 states had, when you (the transmission system) belong to a multi-state group, that group dictates what is best for the entire electric grid in its service area. Listening to a couple of conference calls with the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) these last few days shows that this is truly an unprecedented event. One gentleman with NPPD for 38 years said he had never seen a wintertime curtailment. He had seen summer issues before, but never during the winter. Hopefully, SPP can learn valuable lessons from this event and make its system stronger in the future.

Cemetery Driveway

The City is looking for a contractor interested in paving the west driveway of Greenwood Cemetery. The cemetery was recently platted, and the City became owner of an outlot (the west driveway). This driveway serves the cemetery visitors as well as the daily rounds made by the City's Water Department to the pump station and standpipe. The City would like a contractor to start right after Memorial Day and be finished no later than September 1st. For more information, visit the City's website or contact City Hall.

Fiscal Year Audit

The City Auditor gave an annual audit overview to the City Council at its last meeting. With the full Council, the auditor concentrated on year-to-year comparisons (over the last 5 years) that show City finances improving, slipping, or staying stable in certain areas. This presentation also showed how the City of Wayne compared to cities around the same populations on a variety of items (valuation per capita, property taxes, sales taxes, cash reserves, etc). Before the regular meeting the auditor met with members of the City audit committee and City staff. The audit committee took a deeper look at the audit and asked additional questions to the auditor. The City's annual audit can be found on the City's website. Enjoy the read!!

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