Looking Ahead in Wayne
May 4, 2022
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 3rd and Pearl Streets. Come on by virtually via Zoom or be in person and be an active citizen participant in City government!
Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) to end
As spring starts, albeit slowly, to warm up, the "Polar Vortex" (officially named Winter Storm Uri) of February 2021 might seem like a distant memory. The City of Wayne's Electric Department had some major expenses due to this weather event that the City decided to collect back from rate payers in a single year's time instead of a permanent rate increase. The power cost adjustment, or PCA, was put into effect June 1, 2021. Your electric bill due in May 2022 will be the last to have this PCA.
The City incurred about $1 million of direct and indirect costs from this weather event (from higher electric purchases, to diesel used to run the generators.....from wear and tear on the generators, to overtime for personnel). However, what we soon forget is that without our electric generation capabilities and our outstanding crew that runs the power plant, the City likely would have had over $2.6 million in total added expenses. While sometimes seen as an insurance policy for the City, the power plant paid big dividends to the community during this event. We never want to have to run the plant, but it is sure nice to have when the lights go out (or it gets to 30 below zero and there is a market blow out!).
Old Lagoon Redevelopment
The City Council approved an agreement with Olsson to formally give design options for the old lagoon area. Olsson will work directly with the Stool to Cool Task Force to provide a preliminary grading plan along with a road map to the area (fields, open space, trails, roads, water feature/lake, etc.). The draft plan should be completed by the first part of August with Council approval soon after. If you have ideas for this area, please don't hesitate to reach out to your City Council representatives or staff at City Hall.
The trees are starting to leaf out and new growth is prominent. You may like to trim your trees at certain times of the year, but the City wants to remind everyone to be considerate of those using the sidewalks as walkers, runners and bikers. The law states that all trees hanging over the sidewalks shall be trimmed to seven (7) feet above the ground. This should be ample height for pedestrians and property owners alike to enjoy the beautiful trees in our community.
Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Wes Blecke, City Administrator at 375-1733 or by email.