Looking Ahead in Wayne

November 6, 2019

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. Join us just once. You never know, you might enjoy it!

Funding for Economic Development Projects

With the last loan from the "old" revolving loan fund (RLF) proceeds being allocated recently, Wayne now has two main options for sizeable incentive funds: LB 840 and the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD) RLF. LB 840 funds are limited at this point, but the fund is still active and can be a great local resource for business incentives. Talk to Luke Virgil at the Wayne Area Economic Development office if you are looking to start a new business or expand an existing one. The other fund, at the NENEDD, has more resources but does come with a few more restrictions. You can talk to the District directly or feel free to first contact Luke at the WAED office for direction.

Water Line Bid Approved

The City's water system will receive an upgrade in 2020. The Council accepted a bid (for $2.16 million) at its last meeting that will provide a redundant main water line from the City's north well field. This line will allow work to be done on the 1988 transmission line as needed that has experienced two major leaks in the last two years. While those leaks were repaired immediately, it caused volunteer water rationing in the City. This project was one reason rates were increased in 2019 for three straight years. So.....remember this when your rates go up for your February 1 billing from the City. As always, if you have any questions please contact City Hall.

Ownership of Service Lines

The City Council recently approved a marketing agreement with Utility Service Partners (USP) (a warranty program for water and sewer service lines and in-house lines). This company will be marketing to water customers in the near future to promote this warranty program. This discussion has been very beneficial as it has brought up the responsibilities of a property owner concerning service line as well as what your local insurance company can provide in way of coverage. 

The property owner is responsible for the service line (water and sewer) to the City main up to and including the tap (connection). Please note that communities have different policies on service lines....Wayne's policy could be different than what you are accustomed to from a different community or what you assume was policy. The price tag to repair such a line (especially when a line is across the street and concrete is needed to be replaced) can be a shock to a property owner. I would advise water customers to discuss any possible coverage of these types of repairs with your insurance agents as soon as they can. Remember, you as the customer have the choice to choose your local carrier for coverage, the USP warranty program, both of them, or none of them!

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