Looking Ahead in Wayne
June 5, 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. It would be our honor to have you join us for a meeting!
Trail Update (Phase II)
Is the trail that was first approved back in 2003 really about to be built? The State of Nebraska Department of Transportation recently contacted the City and indicated the trail should be advertised for bids in mid to late June with a bid letting in July. The tentative construction start date is September 23. This is all for 2019! I know what you are thinking.......we have heard this before! I am with you; I won't actually believe it until I see the advertisement myself. But with that said, we are much futher than we have been before. The State still has to obtain qualified bidders and ultimately accept the bid obviously before construction can commence. Hold your breath because this might actually happen. Stay tuned for more updates.
Trail Update Repair (Phase I)
Thank you for your patience with the closure from the flood damage on the trail segment at Highway 15 (Victor Park). The City is waiting to have a FEMA case worker assigned to the project before we can proceed with repairs. An initial cost estimate was nearly $1 million to replace that segment. Why so much you might ask? Anytime you are working around water and having to stabilize a creek bank, it is going to be more expensive. We currently believe that the City will be responsible for around 12% of the cost. We will try to keep you updated on these actions as well, but for now we are in a holding state.
The City has utilized grant funding in the past to leverage our own investment with those funds. I feel the City has been very successful in doing so, not just with the current Mayor and Council but previous ones as well. The current projects using grant funds include both the ADA pedestrian improvements (2019) as well as Nebraska Street improvements (2020). We are considering applying for another grant by the end of August. One potential project staff is considering is some if not all of Pine Heights. There have been some utility issues along this street as well as the obvious "wear-out" at the intersections of 10th and Pine Heights and 9th and Pine Heights. There are other areas of the City that need repairs/replacement as well. We know there are a couple areas in the Westwood Addition needing attention as well as others around town. If you have sections of streets or utilities that you would like the City to address (at least get on the One & Six Year Plan so we can address them), please let Joel Hansen or myself know.
Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or by email.