City Council approves construction of keno bar

Calyn Dunklau, Staff Writer

Most of us are tired of having too few options for dining and entertainment in Wayne, but that’s about to change.

Last night’s council meeting set the ball in motion for a new restaurant to open in town.

Council members agreed to the LB840 Sales Tax Advisory Committee’s recommendation to give Ken Jorgensen a $250,000 loan for the construction of a keno bar complete with golf simulators and sand volleyball combined with a liquor store.

4th Jug Sports Bar and The Jug Store will be built on a lot to the east of McDonald’s, having a road built to access it from the highway.

Council members discussed the business this would bring to Wayne, highlighting the at least 20 full-time equivalent employees, the estimated $3.5 million in annual revenue and, simply, the additional diversity in the local cuisine.

Jorgensen stated he planned to start construction as soon as possible and hopes to complete the entire project by November.

Another major discussion point at last night’s meeting was the bid acceptance for the Highway 15 and 10th Street Intersection Project.

The project calls for the addition of two turning lanes from 10th Street onto Highway 15 (Main Street) and a turning lane from Highway 15 onto 10th Street.

A local construction company, Robert Woehler & Sons Construction, was awarded the contract. The contract calls for construction to start May 19 and finish August 1.

The entire project is subject to approval from the Nebraska Department of Roads.

In other actions, the LB840 committee recommended the City Council allow Pat Garvin to take out a $40,000 loan to rebuild a building that had been partially destroyed by October’s tornado.

Garvin, owner of Innovative Protectives Inc., has been building a new facility while temporarily located in an old bank in town . As well as a portion of the partially destroyed building he plans to rebuild with this loan.

That building had been shored up for structural reasons and will be torn down once the company is able to move into the building currently under construction.

The council unanimously agreed to the loan request.

Garvin hopes to be in the new building by next weekend and plans to start construction on the second building immediately.