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Council Honors Van Delden, Approves TIF Funds For Dollar General

Posted: 05 June, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday to discuss many important topics. To kick things off, Jim Van Delden was honored for his three years of service to the council by being presented a plaque. Van Delden then addressed the council and urged them to vote with their heart and to always strive to do what’s best for Wayne.

The Vice President of the Wayne Rugby association addressed the Council to bring attention to the clubs lack of assistance maintaining their grounds. The Rugby Association made it clear that they were not looking for a hand out from the city, only use of some of the city mowers and equipment. The rugby players made their point very strong when they pointed out how much economic stimulation the rugby tournaments bring to town.

The next big item up for discussion was whether to grant public TIF funds to build a road to reach Dollar General’s new location out on Pheasant Run. The group from Western Ridge’s argument was that this road would allow for further economic stimulation to happen out in that area of town opening up multiple potential business locations for future investors. CEO of State National Bank, Matt Ley then addressed the board and made a strong point that Wayne as a city should not be granting public TIF funds to a large national corporation to move out of our downtown and out to the edge of town. Ley pointed out the fact that this move will negatively impact many of the local downtown businesses. After some discussion, the council voted 6-0 to approve the TIF grant to Western Ridge to build the road. The council’s main reason for their decision was to capitalize on the opportunity for economic growth for the city.

The meeting ended with discussion on whether to take bids from audio and visual companies so that the council meetings could be televised on Wayne public access channel 98. The council voted unanimously to allow this to happen so that the city of Wayne may have the chance to watch these entertaining meetings from home.

The council will next meet on June 18.

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