WAYNE – The Wayne City Council held their first June meeting Tuesday night at Wayne City Hall. The council said goodbye to one of its members, appointed the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department Chief and passed several ordinances and municipal code amendments.
The meeting began with the council accepting ward 1 councilman, Nick Muir’s, resignation. Muir and his family are moving to another ward within in Wayne, so he had to vacate his seat. Both the council and Mayor, Ken Chamberlain, commended Muir on a job well done and said they were sad to see him go. Muir did ask to stay involved in City business by maintaining his position on the Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) board and to be kept in mind for possible committees to determine what to do with the old pool and lagoon. City Administrator Lowell Johnson said the mayor is on the clock to appoint Muir’s replacement.
“Anybody that’s interested, just call the mayor, call the City office and we’ll give your name to the mayor and by state statute, he has to have somebody in four weeks appointed,” Johnson said.
Phil Monahan was approved as the Fire Chief for another year. Monahan said this is the fifth year he has served in that position.
Electricity is a City Council mainstay and Tuesday night, the council approved an addendum to their consulting agreement with C.H. Guernsey & Company who has helped the City with other power matters. The addendum will allow the consulting firm to offer options to the Council about the possibility of replacing generators in Wayne’s power plant and how the City can share that cost with another entity like Northeast Public Power or the Southwest Power Pool.
“This will provide future councils with options because we’re not going to spend 15 million (to replace generators) unless we know where the money is coming from,” Johnson said.
Street and sewer districts for the Crown II housing development received third readings and were finally passed. The project would bring 15 single-family home units to Wayne. Also approved was a stop sign at the intersection of Pheasant Run and Grainland roads, as well as lowering the speed limit to 25 miles per hour at the same intersection.
Language in the municipal code’s water division chapter was clarified to state that no one is permitted to hook onto City water lines ahead of a meter, and allows the City to enforce that rule. There have been examples of this happening in the recent past, but until now, the language has been too vague to enforce.
“We don’t let people hook on to electric lines ahead of the meter and the gas company doesn’t let you hook onto their gas line ahead of the meter, so we just clarified that tonight,” Johnson said.
Advertising for the City Finance Director was also approved and a date change was approved for the first July City Council meeting. The first Tuesday in July will be the 4th, so the council approved moving that meeting to July 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Wayne City Hall.