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Zoning Issues And School Safety Discussed At City Council

Posted: 18 September, 2013

WAYNE (KTCH/KCTY) - The Wayne City Council held its regular meeting last night, and saw a lot of discussion regarding zoning, blighted areas and tax increment financing. The Council tabled an item regarding tax increment financing law. According to City Administrator Lowell Johnson, a law is in place that allows the City Council to make contracts with people to clean substandard areas and remove buildings in order to build new on the lot. The City has measured out areas of Wayne and targeted lots for developers that want to take out old buildings and build new. This includes the new Bomgaars location and the proposed new Dollar General location. The Council is working to designate certain areas of town, allowing developers to have the first 14 years of property taxes to help pay for the cost. Only 35 percent of Wayne can be in the new qualified redevelopment areas. The motion was to table on the decision to take out several areas from the current redevelopment plan.

Another agenda item focused on a goal that was set at a City Council retreat. This action was to direct staff to develop a community-wide response plan for any attack at schools or children’s facilities. Currently, if city dispatchers receive a 911 call about a danger or attack, local police and sheriff officers will be the first to respond, followed by state patrol and neighboring law enforcement. Mayor Ken Chamberlain and the City Council will work throughout the winter to come up with a more extensive plan regarding which local and area law enforcement will be involved, and other steps that need to happen incase such an event should occur.

The Council also voted to declare this Thursday, September 19 as “No Text On Board- Pledge Day” to promote driver safety, and September 23 as “Family Day,” a day to eat dinner with your children. The Council will next meet on October 1.

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