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December 5, 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. Come experience local governance in action!

Mayor Giese Sworn In
A the most recent City Council meeting, Mayor Cale Giese was sworn in as Wayne's next mayor. He brings 6 years of City Council experience to this position. Also being sworn in were re-elected members Matt Eischeid, Jason Karsky and Jill Brodersen. Jill Brodersen was elected Council President by her peers. Mayor Giese presented service plaques to outgoing Councilmen Rod Greve and Nick Muir. We thank them for their years of service.
Mayor Giese Announces Ward 3 Council Vacancy
Mayor Giese has announced a Council vacancy for Ward 3. Since Cale Giese was sworn in as the next mayor for the City, his existing Council seat has become vacant. If you are interested in filling this seat for the nest two years, please met Mayor Giese know. He will likely bring a name forward for Council consideration at the December 18 meeting.

Adopting Snow Removal and Ice Control Operations Policy Manual
The City Council approved an update to the existing snow removal and ice control policy manual. The highlights of the document shows which route is the emergency one (cleared first) and who (personnel) is responsible for regular snow routes. The policy also gives an inventory of the snow removal and ice control equipment the City owns and uses. The policy will be posted on the City's website so the public can review it.

Notice of Water Violation
By now I am sure all residents have seen the notice of high nitrates in our water. The fact is the water that each customer would have used during this time was not any higher in nitrates than before. The short of the story is that a well (Well #6) in the City that is high in nitrates (when pumped) is always blended with water from another well that is low in nitrates. This blending is common in municipalities and allows cities to be compliant with quality regulations by the State. These rules are needed to protect our water supply. What happened recently was that two samples were taken at the well location proper and tested high in nitrates. The second test could have been taken at the "point of entry" (or where the water is blended) and the levels would have been compliant with State regulations. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication between the State and city personnel, and the second sample was taken at the well location (higher in nitrates) instead of taken at the point of entry where the nitrate level is much lower and meets the drinking water standards. A third sample was taken at the point of entry and was below the nitrate limit. The notice that was distributed to the public was mandatory by the State, even though city officials knew our water system was never distributing water high in nitrates. Sometimes public policies have unintended consequences that simply make no sense. In my opinion this was one of those (notifying the public when we knew consumers were not at risk). If you have any questions regarding the circumstances leading up to this violation, don't hesitate to contact me.

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

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