Looking Ahead in Wayne

June 16, 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 be thrilled to have you check out your Council in action!

City Sales Tax Numbers Strong

The City of Wayne experienced another record-breaking month for local option sales tax amounts. The month of April 2021 (which is reported and distributed by the State of Nebraska in June) recorded $131,039.31. This broke the previous month of March's record of just over $124,000. Why does this impact the City and its budget? It shows consumers are spending money locally more than ever before, a great sign for the local economy. It also signals that online shopping is very strong compared to the traditional shopping trips to Norfolk, Sioux City, Omaha, etc. When you pay for sales tax online, those dollars come back home. When you pay sales tax physically in another community, those tax dollars stay there. Priority ONE is to shop locally in Wayne!! Not only do those tax dollars stay home, but you are supporting those businesses and their employees who support the local ball teams, dance squads, fire department, etc. Thanks for shopping in Wayne!

Lagoon Area Developments and Survey

The City will be installing fence around a newly designated area in the old lagoon space. This are could serve for future treatment plant needs, a holding area for sludge pressings, or even an emergency situation where sewage could be held for a very limited time. After this fencing goes up by the end of August, the remaining fence will be taken down around the area. Then what?

The "Stool to Cool" Council Task Force is wanting to hear from you the residents on the three items you'd like to see in the old lagoon area. Remember this area has nearly 30 acres of potential. This survey, that can be found at www.cityofwayne.org/lagoonsurvey is a 3-line survey that will take you less than a minute to complete. The survey will close July 1. The task force will look at the input and then report back to the full Council to continue discussion on the items they want to see in this recreation area. Please take the survey so your voices are heard. You can also reach out to City staff or Council members/Mayor to give your input.

Food Truck Parking

The City Council discussed food trucks at its last meeting. With an increase in the number of trucks in town for regular hours and special events, the Mayor wanted to start the discussion on whether there needed to be regulation of location(s). I am sure there will be more discussion in the near future on this topic.

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