Mayor Ken Chamberlain Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018, Announces At City Council

Mayor Ken Chamberlain Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018, Announces At City Council
Mayor Ken Chamberlain announced Tuesday night, that he won't seek a third term.

WAYNE – The Wayne City Council met Tuesday at City Hall for their first December meeting. Mayor Ken Chamberlain opened by reminding councilmembers Jill Brodersen, Matt Eischeid, Rod Greve and Jason Karsky, whose terms expire in 2018, of the February deadline to file for re-election. Chamberlain, whose term will also be up announced he won’t be running for his third mayoral term. Chamberlain has been in Wayne governance for 11 years and stated he believed being on the council before running for mayor was beneficial.

An action on how to deal with dirt removal from the 4th Street paving project was moved up in the meeting. An oversight about what to do with roughly 7,500 cubic yards of dirt removed for the project left the City in a potentially tight position. Dirt that was supposed to be spread on a nearby field had to be moved to a lot on developer Lou Benscoter’s property and now needs to be moved again. The short-term solution now has to be dealt with according to city administrator, Wes Blecke.

“It made sense at the time to put it on site and then we’d deal with it later, well, now we’re dealing with it later,” Blecke said.

Benscoter said he could use about half that amount, saving the City considerable moving cost. The council approved Steve Meyer to move the dirt for no more than $12,000.

The Wayne Housing Authority was granted $34,000 annually, equating to over $170,000 over the five-year grant period, for a Villa Wayne capital improvement project. Interior improvements will be made on flooring, plumbing, electrical and appliances at the Dearborn and East 4th Streets location. The council approved a request for release of the funds after a public hearing.

A re-plat of the Southview II Addition was approved, moving South Sherman Street slightly east and shortening Chicago Street by 20 feet. An old grain elevator is located on the property and developers Kelby Herman and Brent Pick asked the council to waive the open burning ban within city limits to allow the elevator to be burned. Wayne Fire Chief, Phil Monahan came before the council to request the same. Burning will allow Wayne’s fire department and other fire departments a chance to train on a large structure.

“You don’t want to have to burn a structure like that down, but when you have that opportunity for training purposes to control how you go about it, again, it’s a great opportunity,” Blecke said.

East 4th Street was approved to be opened to traffic in the Pace Addition as a gravel street with the understanding that paving may be required if the area is further developed. A service/consultant agreement between the City and Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District was approved for general administration of a Community Development Block Grant which will fund several curbs being cut down to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Third and final readings were held for prohibiting parking on the north side, and restricting parking from midnight to 5 a.m. on East 4th Street. An amendment to the power purchase agreement between the City and Cottonwood Wind Project had a second reading with the third waived.

Randy Larson was re-appointed to the Wayne Community Redevelopment Authority.

The next Wayne City Council meeting will be held December 19th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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