- Days of Remembrance Observed at Walt Branch — 4/29
Lincoln City Libraries will observe Days of Remembrance, the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust, with a week-long poster display and two films at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street.
- Locations Changed for Lincoln Unites! Festival — 4/29
Because of the projected bad weather, the Lincoln Unites! festival Saturday, April 30 has been moved from Tower Square to other locations:
- The Walk of Unity scheduled for 10 a.m. has been cancelled.
- Remarks by Mayor Chris Beutler and the naturalization ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. at UNL's Van Brunt Visitors Center, 313 N. 13th.
- The festival will begin at noon at the Bourbon Theatre, 1415 "O" Street.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday May 7 — 4/29
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7th at Zoetis, N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
- Open House Set on Long Range Transportation Plan — 4/28
The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, May 3 on the community's future transportation needs through the year 2040. The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is hosting the meeting on the City-County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Everett Elementary School, 1123 "C" Street.
- Libraries Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month — 4/28
Lincoln City Libraries will celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May with free public events at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
- Open House Set on Vine Street Paving Project — 4/27
The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, May 4 on a pavement project on Vine Street from 27th to 48th streets. The open house is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hartley Elementary School, 730 N. 33rd Street. Attendees should enter through the south door and proceed to the gym.
- Board of Health Presents Awards — 4/27
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) Tuesday recognized a physician, two LLCHD employees, a restaurant, a manufacturing plant cafeteria and four agencies with Board of Health Awards. The awards were presented at the Board of Health Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.
- Mayor Chooses Despain as New Fire Chief — 4/26
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has chosen Micheal Despain, Fire Chief for Clovis, California, as Lincoln's new Fire Chief. After approval by the Lincoln City Council, he will take over the post July 18.
- Open House Set on Superior Paving Project — 4/26
The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, May 3 on a pavement project on Superior Street from I-180 to 27th Street. The open house is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Goodrich Middle School, 4600 Lewis Avenue. Attendees should enter through door 18 and proceed to the library.
- Lincoln Unites! Festival to Include Walk and Naturalization Ceremony — 4/25
Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to participate in the Lincoln Unites! festival Saturday, April 30 at Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets in downtown Lincoln. A Walk of Unity will begin at 10 a.m. from Tower Square. The event also includes a naturalization ceremony, with 29 new Americans receiving their citizenship. The theme for the event is "Many Faces, One Lincoln."
- "P" Street Improvements to Begin Soon — 4/21
Construction is expected to begin Monday, May 2 on the next phase of the "P" Street streetscape improvement project from Centennial Mall to mid-block between 17th and 18th streets. The work will require some lane closures and pedestrian detours. At least one point of access to all businesses and residence will be maintained.
- Sixth Annual Streets Alive! Set for September 25 — 4/20
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the sixth annual Streets Alive! event has been scheduled for Sunday, September 25. From 1 to 5 p.m., more than two miles of Lincoln streets will be open for activities in the Clinton, Hartley and East Campus neighborhoods. Streets Alive! is an outdoor movement festival that is organized by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness and fitness of all those in our community.
- Mayor to Present February Award of Excellence — 4/18
Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to a team from the Central Investigations Unit of the Lincoln Police Department - Tyler Cooper and Eric Messersmith. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates person commitment to the City.
- Fire Chief Finalist Withdraws — 4/14
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Troy Hughes, Fire Chief for Los Alamos County, New Mexico, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position of Lincoln's new Fire Chief. Hughes has been offered a scholarship in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master's Program, which requires him to remain in his current position.
- Railroad Quiet Zone Considered for Southwest Lincoln — 4/13
The public is invited to a meeting Thursday, April 21 on a potential railroad quiet zone for the BNSF Railway in southwest Lincoln. The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) is hosting the meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Roper Elementary School Gym, 2323 S. Coddington Ave.
- Health Department Issues Health Advisory — 4/13
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) tonight issued a Health Advisory because of smoke from agricultural burning. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are unhealthy for all individuals especially those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises those at most risk to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
- Open House on Golf Funding Set for April 18 — 4/12
The public is invited to an open house Monday, April 18 to discuss the Lincoln City Golf Program. Mayor Chris Beutler appointed a 13-member community committee last fall to develop a strategy for funding repair and replacement of infrastructure at the five public golf courses. The committee’s ideas and recommendations will be presented at the open house, and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback. The open house is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Southwest High School, 7001 S. 14th Street. Presentations are scheduled for 5:15, 5:45, 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.
- New Pioneers Park Bridge to Close Two Trails During Construction — 4/12
Beginning Monday, April 11, the Ben Verley and Harrington trails at the Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed for the construction on a new bridge as part of a new trail connection. The trails are expected to remain closed through August.
- Volunteers Needed for Marathon Route Cleanup — 4/12
The public is invited to volunteer Saturday April 23 to help clean up the route for the May 1 Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Parks and Recreation offices, 2740 "A" Street.
- Mayor Chooses Bliemeister as New Police Chief — 4/11
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced his appointment of Jeffery Bliemeister, Chief Deputy in the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, as Lincoln's new Chief of Police. After approval by the Lincoln City Council, he will take over the post August 26. He replaces Jim Peschong, who retired in February. The Mayor also thanked Brian Jackson for his service as Interim Police Chief. He will return to his previous position in the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) as Assistant Chief.
- Public Invited to Meet Fire Chief Finalists — 4/8
The public is invited to meet the four finalists for the position of Lincoln Fire Chief at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane.
- Mayor to Present Award of Excellence for 2015 — 4/8
Monday, April 11, Mayor Chris Beutler will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2015 to a team from the Solid Waste Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. A reception for the honorees will follow on the second floor of the County-City Building.
- Stormwater Bond Meetings Begin Monday — 4/8
The public is encouraged to attend one of the four town hall meetings to learn more about the stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot. The meetings will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on these dates:
Monday, April 11 - Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
Thursday, April 14 - Anderson Branch Library, 3625 Touzalin Ave.
Monday, April 18 - Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Ave.
Thursday, April 21 - Walt Branch Library , 6701 S. 14th Street
- 14th and Adams to Close Overnight for Light Pole Replacement — 4/8
The intersection of 14th and Adams streets will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday, April 10 until the morning of Monday, April 11. Lincoln Electric System will replace a light pole on the southeast corner that was recently hit by a vehicle. The pole is in danger of falling into the street. The work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Monday.
- Aging Partners to Host Free Medicare Workshops — 4/7
The public is invited to attend free "Medicare ABCs" workshops at several Lancaster County Senior Center locations in April and May. The workshops are sponsored by Aging Partners and conducted by the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), a division of the Nebraska Department of Insurance.
- Trail Closures and Expansions to Start Next Week — 4/7
A sanitary sewer project at about 6th and Calvert streets will temporarily close portions of the Salt Creek Levee Trail and the Jamaica North Trail starting Monday, April 11. The work is expected to take until mid-May.
- Volunteers Invited to Join Spring Rose Garden Cleanup — 4/7
Lincoln residents are invited to join the Public Garden Section of the Parks and Recreation Department for the annual spring cleanup of the Hamann Rose Garden and the Strolling Garden, 27th and "B" streets. The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Staff will demonstrate proper spring rose pruning and provide information on growing rose bushes as they lead the cleanup of the Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, Shrub Roses and Miniature Roses.
- Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards — 4/6
Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2016 Mayor's Arts Awards to be presented Wednesday, June 15 on the main stage of the Lied Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are $60 and are available from the LAC at 402-434-2787 or artscene.org.
- StarTran Ready for Busy Week — 4/5
April is a busy month for StarTran, starting with Nebraska Transit Week April 11 through 15. StarTran will feature special promotions each day of the week:
· Monday, April 11 is “Buddy Day,” and two can ride for the price of one (includes Handi-Van). Riders can pay cash or use their passes.
· Tuesday, April 12 is “Bike and Bus Day,” and riders with bicycles can ride for free.
· Wednesday, April 13 is “Senior Day,” and those age 62 and older can ride for free if they have a photo ID with a birth date (includes Handi-Van).
· Thursday, April 14 is “Patron Appreciation Day.”
· Friday, April 15 is “Be a Car-Free Person.” Deposit any old or unused key when you board the bus, and ride for free (regular routes only).
- City and State Leaders Call for Proactive Approach to Emerald Ash Borer — 4/5
Mayor Chris Beutler today was joined by State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert and Dr. Scott Josiah of the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) in calling for cities and the state to be proactive in dealing with the emerald ash borer (EAB). The NFS estimates the invasive insect will cause more than $960 million in damages in Nebraska, but experience in other states shows the costs can be contained by taking action now.
- Public Invited to Cycle Track Opening — 4/4
Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to celebrate the grand opening of the "N" Street Cycle Track Saturday, April 23. The celebration will begin with music from the Lincoln High Band at 10:30 a.m. at the Elliott Elementary parking lot, S. 23rd and "N" streets
- Mayor to Join Nationwide Effort to Recognize National Service — 4/4
Mayor Chris Beutler will join more than 2,800 city and county leaders across the country April 5 to recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps on local challenges. A proclamation from the Mayor will be read at the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday April 2 — 4/1
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at WalMart, 87th & Hwy 2. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.