Looking Ahead in Wayne

December 4, 2019

City Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in city hall at 306 Pearl Streets. Come experience local governance in action!

Community Development Block Grant Award

The City of Wayne has received a $435,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to be used for infrastructure improvements to the following areas: Pine Heights Road between 9th and 10th Street, and approximately 300 feet west and 125 feet east on 10th Street and 75 feet north on Lilac Lane from the intersection of Pine Heights, Lilac Lane and 10th Street. $400,000 will be used for those infrastructure improvements; $25,000 will be used for general administration; and $10,000 will be used for construction management. The estimated cost of the project is around $950,000. The City will procure for engineering services in the next couple of months and then advertise for bids. The anticipated construction date for this project is spring 2021.

Load Management Program

Who is starting to think about air conditioning on hot summer days? Probably no one, but this is the time you should. The City of Wayne Load Management Program is a voluntary, FREE service that helps control costs of your electric utility. The program works by having a control switch installed on your home's central air conditioning unit. Once installed, on peak (or heavy) electrical load days, the switch temporarily interrupts the compressor for a short period of time (seven and a half minutes) in order to lower the peak load on the electric utility. The interrupt is applied randomly by a software system. We currently have more than 800 air conditioning units in the City of Wayne taking part in this program. No one wants to think about this during the hot weather. That is why this is a perfect time to talk to the City about this energy saving program!

Parade of Lights - Shop Local

I wanted to give a shout out to the Wayne Area Economic Development (Chamber) office and the business community for another extremely successful Parade of Lights as a kickoff to the holiday (shopping) season. It is easy for us to take for granted the many businesses we have in Wayne; the only way our local businesses survive is if we support them....by shopping at them! Please let the holiday season remind us that shopping local is so important to our economy the way the City helps to fund so many of the amenities you enjoy all year long. Remember that if you don't think you can't find the perfect gift locally, stop at the Chamber office and purchase Chamber Bucks as they are always the right size!

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or by email.