Looking Ahead in Wayne

June 3, 2020

City Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. They typically are held in City Hall at 3rd and Pearl Streets, but with the recent COVID-19 issue meetings are being held at the Fire Hall with the public able to participate via Zoom. We always have room in our Zoom meetings for more people to engage with their local government.

Phase II Trail Update

The Phase II Trail project is well underway with trails being installed along Grainland Road and a segment completed starting at the Community Activity Center and moving to Ashley Park. The CAC-to-Park segment was paved first to accommodate work being done on Highway 35/Seventh Street where the underpass will go. Since the sidewalk along the south side of the highway by the CAC will be blocked to the public, this CAC-Park segment will be the alternative route to get from the east to the west and vice-versa on foot or on a bike. The short segment of highway being widened in this area is to keep two-way traffic moving throughout the construction phase. Work will start in the next week on the underpass, so please reduce your speed going through this area and be aware of construction workers in the area.

City Update on COVID-19 related issues

The Mayor and Council again discussed a variety of City services impacted by the current pandemic at its last meeting. City Hall was reopened on June 1 with a 6-foot distancing rule. It was noted that City buildings for rent with the exception of the CAC would start reopening to the public. The library is taking direction from the Nebraska Library Association as to how and when they will start to reopen. The Senior Center will likely be the last City building to open. There was again extended discussion on the status of opening the swimming pool. Council and staff discussed some of the possible logistics with opening the pool. There is still some caulking needing to be finished as well as some work on the water heaters. While no date is set in stone, we did discuss about the soonest we could open would be June 27. The City will get more information out as soon as a decision has been made.

Next Council Meeting; Retreat Scheduled for June 30

The Council will next meet on June 16 in regular session at the Fire Hall. As with the last meeting only the Mayor, the Council members, limited staff and the media will be allowed to meet in person. The rest of city staff and the general public will have access to the meeting via Zoom. Also, in June the Council will hold a mini retreat on June 30 at the Wayne Fire Hall. At this point we still plan to have Council present with the public able to participate via Zoom.

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