R-3 Zoning Changes Approved At Wayne City Council

WAYNE – Wayne City Council held their first August meeting Tuesday night from City Hall. Before breaking into a budget work session, the council approved and passed several ordinances, discussed an interlocal agreement between the City and County law enforcement and added language about zoning to the municipal code.

Lukas Rix came before the council with a proposal to buy paver, or street, bricks to be used for Johnnie Byrd Brewery’s beer garden. In the past, the council has approved a special rate of 75 cents per brick for up to 2,500 bricks. Rix initially asked the council to purchase the limit of bricks for 50 cents apiece, but told the council to pave the entire area, he would need 5,040 bricks. The council discussed the need for a surplus in case of street repairs, and the importance of setting and sticking to precedents, but ultimately made Rix and offer, according to City Administrator, Wes Blecke.

“They kept that same precedent at 75 cents a brick, however, they expanded on the amount that could be sold so they made an offer of 5,040 bricks at 75 cents,” Blecke said.

A public hearing was held to determine whether the municipal code could be changed to allow unattached garages to be built in R-3 zoned areas. Unattached accessory uses and structures are allowed in R-4 zones, but there was no mention in R3. Vakoc Construction Company and Wayne Properties, ALP are seeking to construct a garage structure for a multi-family dwelling in the Sunnyview area. The council decided to allow the language addition to R-3 and waive the required three readings, in part because it solves a common issue in Wayne.

“It’s encouraging people to put garages with apartments,” Blecke said. “And that’s what we hear a lot of, is that people would like garages with their apartments but before it hadn’t been allowed until they put it in R-4 and now it is, after tonight, eligible in R-3 as well.”

Another service agreement has been brought before the Wayne City Council. Previously this year, Providence Medical Center’s service agreement with the city was brought to attention because payment for the ambulance service had not been increased since the 1980’s. Tuesday night, Wayne Police Chief, Marlen Chinn proposed raising the agreement for running dispatch service between the city police department and county sheriff’s department by three percent in 2018 and revisiting it every year after that. The agreement has not been updated since 2014. The council agreed.

“Things are getting looked at like that right now really because the PMC deal where the City had been paying $10,000 since the early 80’s, and so it just makes sense that it’s either a built-in escalator or every year you’re going to re-address costs associated with these contracts,” Blecke said.

Ordinances to change overnight truck parking and prohibit it on Clark street had their third and final readings. A payment of $66,879.24 to Karian Peterson Powerline Contracting, LLC was made as part of the West Inner and East Inner Conversion Electric Distribution project, and Blecke and Joel Hansen were appointed as Wayne representative to the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance and flood plain administrator, respectively.

The next Wayne City Council meeting will be held August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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