Looking Ahead in Wayne

February 20, 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. We would love to have you partake in the local governing process.

City Council Retreat Goals

The Mayor and City Council approved its 2019 retreat goals at its last meeting. This is a flexible list that is worked on by staff throughout the year. The public can see a full list of current and future goals on the newly updated City website at www.cityofwayne.org under the "Government" tab -> City Code -> Resolutions (click "recent Resolutions"). Resolution 2019-15 approved these goals. The Council will start having "mini retreats" on the 5th Tuesday of any month at 5:30 pm. This will help prioritize the approved goals and keep the flexibility to modify existing or add additional ones through the calendar year.

Hazardous Mitigation Plan Update

City staff has been attending meetings to work on an update to the City's hazardous mitigation plan. JEO Consulting is working with communities to assist with these updates. Much of the planning goes into how to be prepared for a natural or a human made disaster. Unfortunately, the City has had to experience the aftermath of a natural disaster in the last few years, but that experience has let the community more prepared than before. While you never want to go through a disaster, you do learn from it and how to prepare and handle another one better in the future. The final update will be finished by the end of 2019 and submitted to FEMA for approval. The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District is funding the consultation work for these updates.

Sludge Removeal

The City has entered into an agreement with Settje Agri Services and Engineering to assist with sludge removal from the City lagoon. Settje can start anytime per the agreement, but the major activity likely won't begin until fall 2019. There is an estimated 50,000-60,000 tons of sludge that need to be removed per NDEQ requirements. Any remaining sludge (to a certain point) can be left in the area and incorporated into the ground. The hope is to have half of the sludge removed during the fall of 2019 and the remaining removed by the fall of 2020. JEO is helping the City comply with all rules and regulations pertaining to lagoon decommissioning.

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