Looking Ahead in Wayne

August 17, 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, City Hall Council Chambers. We get lonely when it's just us, so come join the conversation.

Trail Extension/Storm Water Management Discussed

At its last meeting the Wayne City Council voted to apply for $433,000 in grant funding to assist with constructing a trail extension/storm water management system from Greenwood Cemetery to Bomgaars. This project has been discussed at multiple retreats since I started as the City Administrator five years ago (and am told it has been discussed much longer than that). This project would create a 6-foot walking trail from the existing sidewalk at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery to the west, as far as Bomgaars. This trail would run parallel to Highway 35/7th Street with significant storm water improvements being made in the right-of-way. If this project gets accomplished it would remove ditches for the storm water, channel the water into storm sewers, and create a "flat" area for the future trail to occupy. The estimated cost breakdown for four different segments from Greenwood to Bomgaars is a total of $875,000. The grant award notification for this project would be known as soon as November 2022.

Prairie Park Master Plan Approved

No longer will we talk about the "old lagoon area" being developed. The Council has approved a conceptual plan known as the Prairie Park Master Plan. The plan includes items such as a 4-acre lake, camping/RV pads (with full accommodations), a pavilion area to be multi-use fr soccer/football/rugby fields, three additional baseball/softball fields, new trails (both hard surfaced and some rough cut), plentiful parking, a new Parks and Recreation office/storage facility, new batting cages, a three farm, and much, much more. This will be an incredible asset to the community of Wayne. And when will it all be started/finished? The Council is committed to allocating funds to see this area completed as soon as possible with the funding sources available. This means City staff with assistance from the development professionals in the area will look for grant opportunities and not just rely directly on City generated resources (i.e. sales tax). For the last several years the Council has allocated City funds to clean up the area. This next fiscal year, the Council has designated $500,000 to start the development. If additional grants are received the timeline on development could shorten. Everyone is anxious to see the Prairie Park Master Plan constructed!

Home Improvement Funds Available

The City of Wayne has received a grant and has housing rehabilitation funds available for home owners who need assistance with their homes. Certain income guidelines must be met to be eligible for the program. Program funds can be used for weatherization, roofing, siding, foundation work, plumbing, electrical and insulation. If you have any of these home improvements needed for your home, please contact the City (Beth or Wes) or call the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (who is managing the funds) at 402-379-1150 (Mandy or Martin can help you!).

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