Wayne City Council Approves New Library Director, 2017-2018 Budget

WAYNE – The Wayne City Council met for their first September meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. Among agenda items, the Council adopted the 2017-2018 budget, appointed a new library director and approved an agreement with Providence Medical Center (PMC).

Wayne-native, Heather Headley, was unanimously appointed as the new library director. Headley will be replacing Lauran Lofgren when she retires. The Council also approved Randall Robertson’s membership application to the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department. Robertson served on a Texas fire department for three years prior to moving to Wayne.

Tuesday night’s meeting had several budget items on the agenda. The City Council adopted the budget after discussion. The tax levy isn’t changing, according to city administrator Wes Blecke.

“The tax levy, or the tax rate, stayed the same as last year, so if your valuation stays the same from this year to next year, you will be paying the same amount for city property taxes,” Blecke said.

Final property tax requests, the annual appropriation bill and an increase in the base limitation of restricted funds budget were also approved.

An official agreement between the City of Wayne and PMC for ambulance services was approved after months of work between the two entities. The agreement that PMC and the City are currently working from hadn’t been reviewed since the 1980’s, which left PMC covering considerable costs to run the ambulance service in the area. The new agreement ups the amount of money the City will pay the hospital, increasing by 12 percent for three years and then 2 percent each year after that.

“This formalized that – what exactly the hospital will be providing for those dollars,” Blecke said.

The “Old Armory Property” owned by Wayne State College was transferred to the City, which was in turn, transferred to the Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA). The parcel of land was given to the City as part of the agreement and “pre-payment” for services to the college for the future Center for Applied Technology project. The City transferred the land to the CRA for simplification.

“The CRA can act a lot quicker,” Blecke said. “They can act more, almost like a business than as like a government and so they can make some decisions faster than what the City Council can do.”

A liquor license for Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company was approved. The brewery’s opening has been pushed back due to equipment delays, but owner Greg Ptacek expects a late October opening. A bid for $19,991 as awarded to Binswanger Glass for new City Auditorium doors and an amendment to the building code had it’s second reading.

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

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