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Council Votes Chickens Off The Table Inside City Limits

Posted: 22 May, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting last night. Nebraska Public Power District CEO Pat Pope reported to the council new NPPD plans for future generation and transmission of power.  He said NPPD plans to add another 114 megawatts of power to their Cooper Nuclear plant for a cost of about $250 million, build $750 million in major new power lines across Nebraska to reduce constraints and add $500 million or more in new air pollution control equipment on their North Platte coal plant. To borrow the money for these projects, NPPD is asking all wholesale customers like Wayne and Northeast Public Power District to sign new 25 year wholesale power contracts to replace the current contracts with 10 years remaining in order to secure more favorable interest rates. No contract proposal has been received from NPPD and no action was taken.

A public hearing was held on changes in parking requirements proposed by the Wayne Planning Commission.  City Planner Joel Hansen presented the amendment that would clarify that paved terrace parking can be used to comply with the minimum off-street parking requirement of one parking stall per bedroom in residential areas. In the case of corner lots, only one street could be used for terrace parking. The city council approved the first reading of the parking Ordinance from the Planning Commission.
Also on the agenda was a proposal to approve $97,000 in Tax increment Financing for site development and utilities to a new retail store on Highway 35 across from Pac 'n Save was not approved by the city council acting as the Community Development Agency. A message from the Revitalize Wayne group was presented that asked the CDA to not provide any public incentive for a successful business already in Wayne to relocate from out of down town to a highway location on the edge of town. Their statement was that a strong down town business district is vital to a community and community resources should not be used to incent businesses to relocate elsewhere.

Later in the meeting, the council voted to no longer consider an Ordinance that was written to define and allow poultry to kept within the city limits. City Attorney Amy Miller had prepared a draft ordinance at the request of the council that proposed terms and conditions of approval and the council had discussed options at several meetings.

Council member Dale Alexander submitted his resignation, effective May 31, to Mayor Chamberlain. Alexander serves the northeast ward of the city and will be temporarily working at another location. The mayor and council will declare a vacancy in that ward at the June 4th meeting and publish notice of the open position. The mayor will have 30 days to appoint a person from that ward to fill the vacancy.

The Council will next meet on June 4.

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