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Looking Ahead in Wayne
May 17, 2017

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 Street.

BRAN Ride coming June 7th and 8th

The Bike Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) will camp overnight in Wayne June 7th and in Wakefield June 8th. We expect about 600 riders and helpers. They'll camp at the Rugby Fields. This year's theme celebrates Native American culture and their route will take them through the Omaha Reservation. Food? Thanks to the Wayne Area Chamber, Wayne Music Boosters, Rotary Club, Farmer's Market, Pac-N-Save, The 4th Jug, Wayne Athletic Boosters, Tacos and More, St. Mary's Youth Group, Journey Christian Church, Wayne Fire Department and other area food vendors have all agreed to take on this task. Showers? BRAN has a portable shower truck that travels with them. Cell phones? BRAN has a portable charging station that travels with them. Storms? We'll use the Fire Hall. Tornadoes? Wayne County Emergency Management will be watching any weather developments and we'll disperse the crowd ahead of time to the city auditorium basement and other safe sites.

Open House for the New Swimming Pool/Aquatic Center - May 27th
The Wayne Swimming Pool Committee is hosting an open house for the public from 5-6 pm on May 27th. Come and join us if you can. We have water heaters going.

Homes in Wayne
Wayne isn't a major population center. Local industries looking to expand or stay at their current production level are going to need more employees in the future who will require affordable housing. Many of Wayne's more affordable homes are old and all are getting older. Unless someone starts building lower cost replacement affordable homes, new and younger employees are faced with remodeling the oldest homes to live in. Some new homes are needed in the mix.

Two developers have approached the city council requesting tax increment financing to help reduce the cost of developing property for a potential total of 35 single-family homes and duplexes over the next two years. This fits well with the local industries expressed needs and with our new housing study needs. The story we tend to forget is that quite a few homes have been demolished here in the last few years so the net gain in housing is probably about 20-25 homes.

Questions or Comments?
Call Lowell Johnson, City Administrator at 402-375-1733 or contact him by email.

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