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Wayne, Neb. Council discusses assistance in wake of tornadoes


The town of Wayne, Nebraska is still reeling from a devastating tornado that touched down on October 4.  Tuesday night, the city council met to discuss how they can help the city clean up and get down to the business of rebuilding.

Three options were weighted.  The first: Making $500,000 in local economic development funds available for emergency business loans to businesses impacted by the storm.

"There will be an application process though the city, and base the amounts off of payroll percentage. Pretty much the only strings attached would be, those funds are there to assist them in rebuilding," said Mayor Ken Chamberlain.

The six member council also approved waiving the building permit fee and inspection deposit for two years for businesses and individuals affected by the storm.

The council also took on temporary zoning issues for those working though the rebuilding process

"Took a motion tonight to allow the building and planning inspector to waive certain parts of the code to let them utilize, what would be a family residence for office space temporary for the next twelve-months, as they recover from the storm," said Chamberlain.

The Wayne City Council approved all three measures unanimously.

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