Looking Ahead in Wayne

November 17, 2021

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. We would love to see you there; bells are optional!

Sales Tax Discussion

At its most recent meeting the City Council discussed current and future sales tax revenue uses. Currently the City of Wayne collects 1.5% on state allowed "sales" for three major purposes: swimming pool bonds, economic development plan (LB 840), and capital improvements (parks, fire, police, etc). With LB 840 and capital improvements (1%) and swimming pool bonds (0.5%) sunsetting in 2024 (possibly 2025 for the pool) it is time to start planning if the community wants to keep the sales tax, and if so, what rate are they willing to impose on themselves. Another discussion item regarding sales tax is the opportunity to partner with another political subdivision to impose an additional 0.5% for public infrastructure. The City discussed this with a few members of the Wayne School Board recently. There is an opportunity to pass an additional 0.5% to expand and renovate the Community Activity Center and allow Wayne Community Schools access to the facility regularly. This partnership would allow the City to generate the revenue to fund the expansion as well as allow the school to use the additional space for school related functions (including but not limited to gymnasium space). Much more discussion needs to take place regarding this opportunity, but it could truly turn out to be a win-win scenario for both entities.

Ward Representation or Ward AND At-Large Representation

The City Council is discussing whether to allow voters a chance to vote on a different way they elect Councilmembers. Currently, Wayne has four wards with population split as evenly as possible with two representatives from each ward on the City Council. Wayne could go to a combination ward and at-large system to elect Council if the public would approve. This would mean each ward would have one designated representative (in four total wards) with four at-large representatives elected by the entire community. This could mean that up to five representatives could come from one area (ward) of the City. That might be a negative outcome. However, if an at-large representative simply moved "across" town, they wouldn't have to give up their seat on Council like they do now. That would be a very positive outcome of the change. Council will determine at a future meeting if they want to place this change on the ballot in May 2022.

Clearing Sidewalks From Snow and Ice

It's that time of year when we have to turn our attention to snow removal. The City requires residents with sidewalks to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks within 24 hours after the City has cleared the streets adjacent to these sidewalks. The official language of the law follows. Section 91.026 "KEPT CLEAN. (A) Generally" states, "It shall be unlawful for any person, business, association, corporation or organization of any kind, who owns, occupies, leases or controls any property within the corporate city limits upon which a sidewalk has been constructed to allow an accumulation of snow, or ice, dirt, or rock, or gravel on said sidewalk abutting said property at any time. In the event of a snow or ice storm said sidewalks shall be cleaned of snow and ice 24 hours after the city completes snow removal of the street adjacent to said sidewalk. Placing snow removed from sidewalks onto the paved portion of any municipal street is prohibited." If you notice properties not complying with said code, please contact City Hall. Safety and mobility/access are the main purposes of this law.

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