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2016 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

April

  • 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.

March

  • Public Invited to Meet Police Chief Finalists — 3/31
    The public is invited to meet the six finalists for the position of Lincoln Police Chief at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5 at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" Street.
  • Golf Open House Set for Saturday — 3/29
    The public is invited to the Lincoln City Golf Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Holmes Golf Course, 3701 S. 70th St. The event will include demonstrations, activities, food, prizes and an opportunity to visit with representatives from local businesses and golf leagues.
  • Trees to Be Removed and Relocated at Woods Park — 3/28
    The Parks and Recreation Department will begin to remove and relocate trees in Woods Park this week to prepare for construction of a new permanent, indoor tennis facility. While construction of the new building will not begin until later this summer, the tree work is being done now to comply with the Federal Migratory Bird Act.
  • Libraries Host Investor Education Program With $1,000 Prize — 3/28
    For the third year, Lincoln City Libraries encourage residents to compete in the "DASH for the STASH," an investor education and protection program and contest. To enter, visit a library by May 15, and look for a set of four investor education posters. Read each poster, and then access the quiz question for each poster through a QR code or web link.
  • 11th Street Project Wins Community Development Award — 3/28
    The Everett Neighborhood Association today will accept the City of Lincoln's 2016 Community Development Week award for the 11th Street Streetscape project. The award will be presented at 12:45 p.m. in the Governor’s Hearing Room at the State Capitol as part of a statewide recognition of the importance of community development activities.
  • Mayor Announces Stormwater Meetings and Plan to Assure Matching Funds — 3/25
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced several new developments on the stormwater bond issue, which is set for public vote on May 10. At the request of City Council member Jane Raybould, the City will host four town hall meetings to help citizens better understand the projects to be funded.
  • Separation of Yard Waste Begins Next Week — 3/25
    Beginning Friday, April 1, waste haulers will collect grass and leaves separately from household trash. State law requires grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 until December 1. Residents who subscribe to separate yard waste collection must begin to separate grass and leaves from their household trash after their last waste collection in March.
  • Mayor Names Four Finalists for Fire Chief — 3/25

    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced four finalists for the position of Lincoln Fire Chief:

    • Michael Despain is the Fire Chief for the City of Clovis, California.
    • Gregory Easton is the Fire Chief for the City of Bloomington, Indiana.
    • Troy Hughes is the Fire Chief for Los Alamos County, New Mexico.
    • Jonathan McMahan is the Fire Chief/Regional Director for the Rural Metro Fire Department in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Geotechnical Work to Begin for 14th and Old Cheney Improvement Project — 3/24
    Geotechnical work will begin Monday, March 28 at the intersection of 14th Street and Old Cheney Road as an initial step in the intersection improvement project announced last summer. Geotechnical work involves taking soil samples and conducting other tests to determine ground conditions in the project area for design and construction purposes.
  • Deadline Extended for Landscape Cost Share Program — 3/23
    The City of Lincoln is extending application deadline for the Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share program from March 30 to April 29 or until funding runs out. The projects eligible for cost-sharing are designed to prevent stormwater from flowing directly into storm drains by allowing it to soak into the ground.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer on a VIP Saturday — 3/23
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in the VIP (Volunteer in Parks) Saturday series this spring, summer and fall. Both current and new volunteers are welcome.
  • Mayor Names Six Finalists for Police Chief — 3/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced six finalists for the position of Lincoln Police Chief:
  • Rural Transit Offers Affordable Transportation — 3/21
    Residents of Lincoln and Lancaster County in need of transportation to and from rural communities and surrounding rural areas may call Lancaster County Public Rural Transit (LCPRT), a transportation service supported by Aging Partners.
  • Pavement Repair Work Continues — 3/17
    Pavement repair projects on Old Cheney Road and 27th Street will continue in different areas next week, weather permitting. Work began last summer as part of a comprehensive, proactive two-year plan to increase the pace and scale of street rehabilitation and repair across the City.
  • No-Interest Loan Program Improves Homes and Neighborhoods — 3/17
    Zero-interest loans are available to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners through the City's Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP). The program provides loans of up to $15,000, and the monthly loan payments can be extended for as long as ten years.
  • Railroad Crossing Repairs Set for Sunday — 3/17
    Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 20, a contractor for the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) will begin work to replace worn and damaged pavement panels in the railroad crossing at the intersection of S. 56th Street and Old Cheney Road.
  • Open House Set on 14th and Superior Landscaping — 3/17
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, March 23 on a proposed landscaping project at the roundabout at 14th and Superior streets. The open house is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The project would include replacing the current temporary traffic control reflector posts and fencing with more permanent traffic control features. Landscaping would be added on the approach islands and central island and along the outsides of the streets. A loaned sculpture may be installed in the central island.
  • Trees to Be Removed for "P" Street Project — 3/17
    To prepare for the next phase of the "P" Street streetscape improvement project, about seven street trees will be removed in the next few weeks from Centennial Mall to mid-block between 17th and 18th streets. Streetscape work is expected to begin in April, and the trees must be removed before April 1 to comply with the Federal Migratory Bird Act.
  • Chet Ager Building Begins Weekday Hours Monday — 3/9
    The Chet Ager Building at Pioneers Park Nature Center will be open daily beginning Monday, March 14. During the winter, the building is closed weekdays. It will now be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.
  • Manufacturer to Replace Centennial Mall Pavers — 3/9
    The manufacturer of new concrete paving units on Nebraska's Centennial Mall will replace a section of the pavers next week due to problems with the mix used to make them. The pavers were installed last summer in the block from "K" to "L" streets as part of the renovation efforts. The removal and replacement is scheduled to begin March 15 and take about five weeks to complete. The project will require temporary lane closures on the north side of "K" Street.
  • Volunteer for the Great American Cleanup — 3/8
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB), a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, is seeking volunteers of all ages to participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program with about four million volunteers participating in more than 20,000 communities across the country.
  • Public Can Monitor Air Quality — 3/8
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) monitors air quality 24 hours a day, and residents can check the Air Quality Index (AQI) at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: air). The AQI tells the public how clean or polluted the air is and what health effects can be expected
  • Advisory Board to Discuss Wilderness Park Trails and Changes to Golf Program — 3/8
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will discuss Wilderness Park trails and funding for the City golf program at its regular meeting Thursday, March 10. The meeting begins at 4 pm at the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park south of "A" Street at 1650 Memorial Drive.
  • Trees to Be Removed for Park Project — 3/8
    To prepare for renovation work at several parks this spring and summer, select trees and shrubs will be removed during the next few weeks, weather permitting. The locations are Breta Park, the Idylwild Blvd. medians, Lakeview Park, Antelope Park near the Normal and South Street intersection and Pioneers Park near the entrance to Pinewood Bowl.
  • Brine on Streets is Not Fresh — 3/7
    Public Works and Utilities officials today advised the public that the lines of brine remaining on City streets are not fresh. The City last applied the anti-ice brine February 28 and 29, and Lincoln has not received any precipitation since then to wash away the residue.
  • Open House Set for Old Cheney Road Project — 3/7
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, March 22 on improvements to Old Cheney Road from 40th Street to Highway 2. The meeting is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Old Cheney Alliance Church, 5201 Old Cheney Road.
  • Read to a Dog Spring Session to Begin March 14 — 3/7
    Families are invited to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog.
  • Mayor to Present January Award of Excellence — 3/7
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Lincoln Police Officer Christopher Vigil. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners Town Hall Meetings — 3/4
    Residents with an interest in issues facing the aging population are invited to attend one or more of the Aging Partners town hall meetings scheduled over the next two weeks in each of the eight counties served by the agency:
  • Parks Honored for Use of Native Plants — 3/4
    The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum will present the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department with its Blazing Star Award this afternoon. The award "recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward advancing the horticultural use of native plants or the restoration of native plant communities in Nebraska."
  • Open House Set on 33rd and Cornhusker Study — 3/1
    The open house will not include a formal presentation, but those attending will be able to learn more about the study process and provide feedback. The study team has identified and evaluated transportation improvements in the area based on input received at the first public meeting in November 2015.

February

  • Public Invited to Volunteer at Union Plaza and Sherman Field — 2/29
    The public is invited to participate in a work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12 at Union Plaza, 21st and "Q" streets, or Sherman Field, 1st and South streets. Work will focus on cutting back ornamental grasses, raking leaves, mulching and routine landscape bed cleanup.
  • Libraries Celebrate "Read Across America" Day — 2/26
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate "Read Across America" Day next week. The annual reading awareness program calls on all children to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
  • Mayor Says Citizen Vote on Stormwater Bond Fulfills Duty to Protect Residents — 2/25
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said passage of a proposed stormwater bond issue would fulfill the City's duty to protect the health, welfare and safety of citizens. The City Council will hold a public hearing and take a vote Monday on the proposal to place the stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot.
  • Low Bids for 911 Radio System Could End Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Early — 2/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that bids for the City's new emergency 911 radio system came in well under the estimates, and the City may be able to end the quarter-cent sales tax earlier than expected. Voters approved the three-year, quarter-cent sales tax increase last April to support the new radio system and construction of new fire stations.
  • Antelope Park Playground Repairs Begin This Week — 2/24
    Repairs to the Antelope Park playground area will begin this week. The rubber playground safety surfacing will be removed and replaced around the seating, play structure and sand play areas.
  • Work Scheduled to Resume on Pavement Repair — 2/23
    Contractors plan to take advantage of the nice weather to resume pavement repair projects next week on 27th and 84th streets. Work began last summer as part of comprehensive, proactive two-year plan to increase the pace and scale of street rehabilitation and repair across the City.
  • Mayor Names Jackson Interim Police Chief — 2/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has appointed Assistant Chief Brian Jackson as Interim Chief of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD), effective February 27. A search is under way for a permanent replacement for Police Chief Jim Peschong, who is retiring February 26 after a 40-year career in law enforcement.
  • Tree Removal Starts Soon for Apple Street Project — 2/22
    To prepare for an improvement project on Apple Street from 36th to 40th streets, some street trees will be removed in the next few weeks, weather permitting. The resurfacing and curb replacement project will begin in mid-March, but the trees must be removed now to comply with the Federal Migratory Bird Act.
  • Library Invites Public to African-American Read-In — 2/22
    The public is invited to the second of two free African-American read-ins at noon Tuesday, February 23 at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The event is a collaboration of Lincoln City Libraries and the Youth Development Team of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS). Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants Awarded — 2/18
    The City Public Works and Utilities Department has awarded nearly $35,000 in grants to the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and the Nebraska Farmers Union to promote commercial waste reduction and recycling. The City received applications from seven businesses and organizations requesting a total of $118,750 in grant funding.
  • Mayor Proposes Vote to Fund Flood Reduction and Water Quality Projects — 2/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he will propose placing a stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot to fund projects to decrease flooding and improve water quality. The City Council will consider the proposal on first reading Monday, February 22, with a public hearing and vote scheduled for Monday, February 29.
  • Health Department Releases Community Health Information — 2/17
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today released Lancaster County’s Community Health Profile (CHP) and its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHP is revised every three to five years. The CHIP is an ongoing five-year plan, which is updated every two to three years. The reports are available at health.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Improvements to Rickman's Run Walking Path Begin Monday — 2/17

    Improvements to the Rickman's Run walking path are scheduled to begin Monday, February 22 with the installation of temporary fencing at the 24-acre dog run near Holmes Lake. Rickman's Run is east of 70th Street between Van Dorn Street and Pioneers Boulevard.

  • Mayor Vetoes Resolution on Charter Amendment — 2/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler has vetoed Resolution 16-26R, which calls for putting a City Charter amendment on professional service contracts on the May 10 primary election ballot. In his veto letter to the Council, Beutler said reducing Mayoral authority is a step backward for the growing City and could add weeks to the development process.
  • Public Invited to Long Range Transportation Plan Open House — 2/12
    The public is invited to an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18 about the update to the 2040 Lincoln-Lancaster County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The meeting is at Culler Middle School, 5201 Vine St.
  • Dogs and Bikes Not Allowed on Nature Center Trails — 2/12
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center reminds the public that dogs and bikes are not allowed on Nature Center trails the safety of visitors and the animals that live there. Bike racks are provided in the parking lot. Dogs and bikes are allowed on the other trails in Pioneers Park.
  • Teens Invited to Library "Write On!" Workshop — 2/12
    Local teens are invited to participate in the free "Write On!" writing workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20 at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St. All writing and art materials will be provided, and lunch is included. All middle- and high-school students are invited. Pre-registration is required by calling 402-441-4250.
  • City Street Crews Continue Pothole Repair — 2/12
    Public Works and Utilities Department officials report that 5,387 potholes have been repaired this week as of Thursday. The Department continues to transfer staff from other maintenance duties to pothole repair, bringing the number of workers assigned to potholes to 52.
  • City Salary Information to Be More Transparent — 2/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler and City Councilman Roy Christensen today announced an initiative to make City payroll information more transparent. Christensen will introduce a resolution at the City Council meeting Monday, February 22 to require the City to make payroll information available to the media every year.
  • Public Invited to Upcoming Nature Center Events — 2/9
    The public is invited to participate in two upcoming events at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Avenue: All bird watchers - from experts to children on their first birding experience - are invited to join Dave Titterington from the Wild Bird Habitat Store for the Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, February 13.
  • City Street Crews Focus on Potholes — 2/8
    The Public Works and Utilities Department today tripled the usual number of crews working on pothole repair. The Department transferred staff from other maintenance duties to pothole repair, bringing the number of workers assigned to potholes to about 35.
  • Applicants Sought for Library Board Liaison Position — 2/8
    The Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Board of Trustees is looking to add a Lancaster County liaison to its membership. Applications from the public will be accepted through Monday, February 29. The County liaison will serve a seven-year term and have all the rights and responsibilities of a board member, except they will not vote during Library Board meetings.
  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 2/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to a team of Police Officers from Lincoln Police Department's (LPD) Technical Investigations Unit (TIU). The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer at Kontras, American Legion Parks — 2/4
    The public is invited to participate in a work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 20 at Kontras Park at South Cotner Boulevard and Aldrich Road, and American Legion Park at 26th and Randolph streets. The groups will meet at each park for training prior to beginning landscaping work. The event is the first in the V.I.P. (Volunteer in Parks) Saturday series for 2016 and welcomes both current and new volunteers.
  • Several Options Available for Those With Tree Debris — 2/3

    Lincoln residents with tree debris as a result of this week's storm have several options for disposal:

    Through a promotion with KLKN-TV, Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court, will accept tree debris at no charge through 5 p.m. Friday, February 5. (Mention "channel 8" when dropping off debris). Hofeling is also still accepting Christmas trees at no charge. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

  • Read to a Dog Program Starts Sunday — 2/3
    Families are invited to participate in the “Read to a Dog” program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to a dog in 20-minute shifts.
  • Public Urged to Report Fallen Trees and Tree Limbs — 2/2
    Today’s heavy, wet snow and wind are causing trees and branches to fall. Lincoln residents are asked to use the Lincoln Police Department non-emergency phone number at 402-441-6000 to report fallen trees and limbs blocking streets. Community Forestry crews are working to clear limbs so that snow removal operations can proceed.
  • City Offers Alternate Parking Options During Parking Ban — 2/1

    A snow emergency parking ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, February 1).

    Recent storm predictions for the Lincoln area calling for potential blizzard conditions. Residents and motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead. In order for plows to effectively clear the streets, parking bans will be enforced.

January

  • Local Attorney's Award-Winning Musical Returns to Lincoln — 1/28
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that "Civil War Voices" will return to Lincoln for the City's annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration in February. The musical, written by local attorney and playwright Jim Harris, will be presented February 11 through 21 at the Haymarket Theatre, 803 "Q" Street.
  • Register Now for Parks and Rec Summer Camps — 1/25
    Registration is now open for the "FUNdamental Healthy Me" summer day camps and Pioneers Park Nature Center camps offered by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Parks and Recreation Annual Report and Winter/Spring Program Guide Released — 1/25
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has released a new publication that includes the 2014-2015 annual report and the winter/spring program guide. The annual report highlights project updates and department programs, including youth development, active living, vibrant neighborhoods, environmental stewardship and community events. The program guide provides information about Parks and Recreation programs available throughout the City.
  • Public Invited to Nature Center's Sandhill Crane Viewing Tour — 1/22
    Registration is now open for the Pioneers Park Nature Center's trip to central Nebraska for a guided viewing tour of the Sandhill Crane migration. The tour begins at noon, Thursday, March 10 at the Wild Bird Habitat Store, 56th and Highway 2, and returns at 11 p.m. to the same location.
  • Libraries Celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day" — 1/22
    The public is invited to join Lincoln City Libraries in celebrating "Take Your Child to the Library Day" on Saturday, February 6. Each child who visits any Lincoln City Library or Lied Bookmobile that day will receive a roll of candy and an "I Visited My Library" sticker. Children also can enter a drawing for a chance to win a reusable "I Love My Library" bag. One bag will be awarded at each library branch and Bookmobile, and winners will be announced the following week.
  • Free Tree Mulch Available — 1/22
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are invited to obtain free tree mulch on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court. Hofeling Enterprises again donated its grinding services for the City's annual tree recycling program, which collected about 6,800 trees at seven recycling sites in Lincoln. Boy Scout Troop 8 collected 600 of the trees and transported them to the recycling site.
  • "Green Light Lincoln" to Improve Traffic Safety and Flow — 1/21
    "It's go time," Mayor Chris Beutler said today as he announced that the "Green Light Lincoln" initiative will lead to faster traffic flow and safer streets. The initiative uses smart traffic technologies to move the City into the next generation of traffic management systems.
  • Public Invited to Open House on Sanitary Sewer Backups — 1/19
    Residents are invited to an open house Thursday, January 28 to learn about the City's efforts to reduce the risk of sanitary sewer backups. The open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Huntington Elementary School, 2900 N. 46th St.
  • Public Invited to Open Houses at Nature Center — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend one of two open house meetings to learn more about preschool and pre-kindergarten programs offered at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The meetings are from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, January 21.
  • Public Invited to Meetings on StarTran Service — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend one of four public engagement meetings next week to discuss the StarTran Transit Development Plan (TDP) to improve transit services in Lincoln:
    • Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St.
    • Thursday, Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.
    • Friday, Jan. 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St.
  • Nominations Sought for 2016 One Book - One Lincoln — 1/12
    The public is invited to help kick off the 15th year of Lincoln City Libraries' One Book - One Lincoln program by nominating a great book. The selection committee will look for books that are of general interest to adults and young adults, address universal themes of life and spark thoughtful discussion.
  • Nominations Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 1/11
    The nomination deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 21 for the 38th annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Wednesday, June 15 at the Lied Center. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
  • City Street Crews Tackle Potholes With New Equipment — 1/8
    City street crews have focused on pothole repair this week, aided by new equipment that increases productivity and extends the life of the repairs. Public Works and Utilities crews have filled more than 3,500 potholes around the City this week. Earlier this week, the Department transferred staff from other maintenance duties to pothole repair, bringing the number of workers assigned to potholes to about 45.
  • Musician Andy Strain to Perform at Libraries — 1/8
    Musician Andy Strain, also known as “The Trombonist,” will give two free performances at Lincoln City Libraries next week:
    • Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m., at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
    • Saturday, January 16, 10:30 a.m., at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St.
  • Family Storytime Added on Sundays at Bennett Martin Library — 1/7
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has added a family storytime component to its weekly Library Learning Time program this year. The free family storytime is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. each Sunday at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., in the youth area on the first floor. Each session will be followed by a craft activity. The family storytime is designed for preschool and early elementary-age children and their families.
  • Cary to Continue to Lead Planning Department — 1/7
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that David Cary will continue to lead the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department as Interim Director indefinitely. Cary has served in the position since the death of Marvin Krout in November 2014.
  • Mayor Selects Jones to Lead Aging Partners — 1/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has selected Randall Jones, a former executive with the American National Red Cross, as the new Director of Aging Partners. The selection is subject to the approval of the Lancaster County Board and City Council. Jones would replace June Pederson, who retired in December after serving as director for 13 years.
  • City Independence Day Celebration Set for July 3 — 1/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Sunday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Monday, July 4.
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