Wayne City Council Holds First February Meeting

WAYNE – Tuesday night the Wayne City Council met at the Senior Center for their first meeting in February. With a full agenda, the Council held several public meetings, approved four resolutions and ended by adopting and enacting a new code for the City of Wayne.

The meeting started with approvals of Kim Schultz to the Board of Health and Tony Carollo to the Library Board.

Diane Bertrand proposed a plan to convert the Wayne Senior Center to in-house prepared meals beginning July 1st. Currently, the Senior Center has meals catered by Chartwells. Bertrand told the Council that with relatively minor changes, like purchasing a commercial oven and refrigerator, she and the Senior Center staff can produce meals themselves for lower costs. The Council approved that action.

Public meetings were held for the One and Six Year Street Improvement Program, the Planning Commissions’ recommendation to develop and replat the Benscoter addition by adding 15 income-based housing units, and the City’s planned acquisition of a north-south and east-west alley from Jason Schulz. All items were then approved by the Council.

Wes Blecke, Director of Wayne Area Economic Development reported on LB840 activity, including that three of the four LB840 loans most recently given have closed or will close on the loans by the end of the week.

Terry Galloway of Almquist, Maltzahm, Galloway & Luth, PC presented the Council with the City’s audit report. Galloway stated that he was impressed with Wayne’s audit because the City tends to deal with changes quickly and effectively and generally stays under budget, especially compared to cities of similar size. City Administrator Lowell Johnson elaborated.

“The interests of the Council are basically three-fold: what’s happening to taxes, what’s happening to utility rates and what’s our cash reserve,” Johnson said. “They want to know that we’re ok and all three of those looked pretty good.”

The Council approved an agreement with Nebraska Municipal Power Pool for a financial plan and cost of service and rate design study for electric rates. The non-profit, Lincoln-based company will help the City assess rates for various customers based on usage to keep rates fair based on who is using the most energy and when, according to Johnson.

“They look at all the different users of all the different priced time segments and they figure out who should pay for power, who should be assessed the most for the power,” Johnson said.

Second reading were held for an alley vacation in the College Hill First Addition as well as the amended snow plow alert in the municipal code.

The next Wayne City Council meeting will be held at the Wayne Senior Center on February 21st at 5:30 p.m.

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