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Looking Ahead in Wayne
August 8, 2018

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. Bring the family; we'd love to entertain you for an evening!

Drive Safely and Watch for Additional Foot and Vehicular Traffic
Like it or not summer is winding down (were we not just complaining about snow?!). And that means many more pedestrians on and crossing our streets as well as increased cars/trucks. Wayne State College fall athletes are already on campus and fall activities/practices have started for Wayne Community Schools. Give each intersection another look as you pass through. A few more seconds looking left and right might save you a lot of time and possibly money down the road (pun intended).
Budget Workshop
The Mayor and City Council held its annual budget work session on Tuesday, August 7 after its regular 5:30 pm meeting in the Council Chambers. The highlights of the proposed budget has the general tax levy slightly lower this year with an anticipated nominal growth in real property valuation (the County does not verify tax valuation for 2018 until August 20 so taxing entities have to estimate this number until that time). Much discussion was held on the future of the City Hall building. Does the City need renovate the existing space, does it add on more usable space, or does it find new property to build and/or renovate? Rate increases for electric and water/wastewater were also discussed with more discussion to be held during Council meetings in September. The budget documents, once passed in September, will be available on the City's website.

Old Swimming Pool Park Upgrades
A townhall style meeting was held at the old swimming pool house on July 30 with about 25 people attending. The purpose of the meeting was to get public input on potential upgrades to this area. The City Council will hold a public hearing on August 21 during its regular meeting to take additional input from the public on improvements to this area and then determine whether the City is in the right position to apply for grant funding this fall or if it waits with the application. The Council will have to determine if the City has a clear enough vision for improvements at this time and if it can make the match requirements the grant mandates. If you have questions regarding this grant or the proposed improvements to the park area please contact me!

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

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