- Leadership Lincoln to Handle Lease of City's Arena Suite — 5/30
Leadership Lincoln will handle all applications to lease the City's suite at Pinnacle Bank Arena beginning June 1.
- Williams Library to Close Friday and Saturday — 5/29
Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl St., will be closed Friday and Saturday for water system maintenance. The library is located in Arnold Elementary School.
- "Civic Hacking" Event Set for Saturday — 5/29
Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to support the National Day of Civic Hacking by participating in an event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The City is a partner in the event, which provides an opportunity for government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and individuals to work together to tackle community challenges through technology.
- Paint Issue Closes Highlands Pool Until June 9 — 5/28
A problem with the paint has created safety issues and forced the immediate closure of the Highlands Pool, 5511 N.W. 12th Street. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the paint is prematurely flaking off or "chalking." When swimmers are in the pool the water becomes cloudy, making it difficult for lifeguards to monitor the safety of swimmers.
- Lincoln Named "Playful City" — 5/27
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln is the first city in Nebraska to be named a "Playful City." Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by Humana Foundation in partnership with KaBOOM! The program honors communities that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities.
- Finalists Announced for 2014 One Book - One Lincoln — 5/26
Lincoln City Libraries today announced the top three finalists for its 2014 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. The program, which began in Lincoln in 2002, encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time.
- Health Department Awarded Two NET Grants — 5/23
Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) has awarded two grants totaling $303,281 to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). The Community-Driven Toxics Reduction Program was awarded $149,265 to help develop a facility for year-round hazardous waste recycling and disposal. The Nebraska MEDS Disposal Program was awarded $154,016 for its work to provide convenient, safe and legal disposal options for unwanted medications.
- Public Invited to "Planting for Pollinators" Workshop — 5/23
The public is invited to discover ways to promote native pollinators in their gardens at a workshop Saturday, May 31 at the Pioneers Park Nature Center Auditorium. The City Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the fee is $10 per person. To register, call 402-441-7895. The first 30 people to sign up will receive a free native plant.
- Public Pools Open Saturday — 5/22
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will open the City's nine public pools Saturday, May 24.
- Sections of N. 33rd to Close for Rehabilitation — 5/22
Beginning Tuesday, May 27, sections of N. 33rd Street from "P" to Holdrege streets will be closed to through traffic for rehabilitation.
- Open House Set to Discuss Replacement of Historic Sheridan Bridges — 5/22
The public is invited to an open house Thursday, May 29 on the replacement of the historic Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard just west of 33rd Street. The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons/cafeteria area at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th St.
- Use One Phone Number for Parks and Recreation — 5/22
Those making phone calls to the City Parks and Recreation Department are now asked to use only the main office number at 402-441-7847. Many division phone numbers have been discontinued as part of the department's transition to an Internet-based phone system.
- City to Administer Alarm Registration Program — 5/20
Beginning Monday June 2, the City of Lincoln will administer the registration and billing for its alarm registration program. Since the program was adopted in the summer of 2010, much of the administration had been performed by the Public Safety Corporation, a Maryland company. With the company's four-year contract expiring soon, the City will take over the program's billing and registration duties.
- Free Public Wi-Fi Now Available in Bill Harris Iron Horse Park — 5/15
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that free high-speed outdoor public Wi-Fi service is available through September 15 in the area of Bill Harris Iron Horse Park at 7th and "Q" streets in the Haymarket. The City is partnering with Ruckus Wireless on the pilot project. The network name is Lincoln_Free_WiFi.
- Parts of S. 56th Street to Close Next Week for Repair — 5/15
Sections of S. 56th Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next week for pavement repair. The work is necessary to maintain the roadway until the reconstruction of S. 56th Street from Old Cheney to Shadow Pines Drive begins. That project is scheduled to begin next year.
- Mayor Announces Winners of Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/15
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by the Mayor's Water Conservation Task Force. The top two entries were submitted by Grace Akins of Morley Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on a StarTran bus board, and Braden Lackey of St. Teresa Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on billboards at various Lincoln locations.
- Mayor Not Recommending Watering Restrictions — 5/15
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's water supply is 95 percent full, and he will not ask residents to follow the voluntary designated-day watering schedule at this time.
- Library Offers Bilingual Book Group — 5/15
Lincoln City Libraries is offering "Stories for Everybody," a bilingual book discussion group for Spanish-speaking families with elementary-age children. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on five consecutive Saturdays, May 31 through June 28 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
- Children Can Read to a Dog This Summer — 5/15
Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization, are providing an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to polish their reading skills this summer. Therapy teams made up of a dog and its handler are partnered with children who can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a dog.
- City Seeks Grant to Add Two Police Officers — 5/15
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will apply for a federal grant to add two police officers, allowing LPD to devote more resources to fighting gang-related crimes. The grant from the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) would pay 75 percent of the cost of salary and benefits, up to $125,000 per officer per year for three years.
- Health Department Advises to Guard Against Tetanus — 5/13
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is advising residents who are cleaning up from the weekend storms to take precautions against tetanus. The serious disease, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It is sometimes called "lockjaw" because it can prevent a victim from opening the mouth or swallowing.
- Library's Online Resources Unavailable During Software Upgrade — 5/13
Due to the installation of a software upgrade, Lincoln City Libraries' online resources will not be available from about 9 p.m. tonight through mid-morning Wednesday, May 14.
- Lane Closed on South 27th Street — 5/13
A water main break this morning has closed the west lane of South 27th Street from Lafayette Ave. to Woodsdale Blvd. The leak has been repaired, and water service has been restored, but the lane will be closed for about two days to allow for the concrete and asphalt work to be completed. Traffic in that area has been reduced to one lane in each direction, so motorists may want to take alternate routes during peak traffic times.
- Party in the Parks Returns to Union Plaza — 5/13
Mayor Chris Beutler invites Lincoln families to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" 2014 by participating in Lincoln's first Party in the Parks of the season from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Union Plaza. The National Park Trust is encouraging communities to plan special events for "Kids to Parks Day" in local, state and national parks across the country.
- Mayor Presents April Award of Excellence — 5/12
Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Megan Ellis, an Emergency Services Dispatch Supervisor in the Communications division of the Police Department. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
- Public Invited to Fifth Waterfest, Public Works Day at Holmes Lake — 5/9
The City's fifth Waterfest Saturday, June 7 will include a celebration of Public Works Day. The fun, free and educational event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Lake Park includes music from The String Beans, fishing, canoeing, educational exhibits, free refreshments (while they last) and prizes.
- Local Haulers to Collect Shoes at Curb Next Week — 5/9
As part of the "Greatest Shoe Drive on Earth," local waste haulers will collect donated shoes as part of their regular pick-ups May 12 through 16.
- Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/9
The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) is extending the reservation deadline for the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards to Friday, May 16. The annual event will be presented the evening of Wednesday, May 28 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The awards formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Latex Paint Exchange Set for Saturday, — 5/9
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer), N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
- The Wheezetones to Perform at 2014 Uncle Sam Jam Celebration — 5/8
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that The Wheezetones, a popular local classic rock and roll band, will perform at Uncle Sam Jam 2014, the City's official Independence Day celebration. The event will be held Thursday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. The Zambelli Fireworks display is set to go off at 10 p.m., and will be choreographed to a recorded musical soundtrack.
- Confer to Retire as City Attorney — 5/8
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the retirement of Rod Confer as City Attorney and the appointment of Assistant City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick to fill the post. With City Council confirmation, Kirkpatrick would begin his new job June 1.
- Open House Set for N. 33rd Street Resurfacing Project — 5/8
The public is invited to an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 on the resurfacing project on N. 33rd Street from "P" to Holdrege streets. The meeting is in the gym at Hartley Elementary School, 730 N. 33rd St., and participants are asked to enter through the west door.
- Parks and Recreation Receives Autism Grant for Camp Scholarships — 5/7
The Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Program has awarded a $3,500 grant to the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. The grant will enable the department to offer scholarships for its Adaptive Recreation Camps, which include SumFun Day Camp, Art Camp and Drama Camp.
- 70th Street Closed From Alvo Road to McCormick Drive — 5/6
Motorists are advised that N. 70th Street from Alvo Road to McCormick Drive is closed to through traffic until May 23 for pavement repair.
- Lincoln is Tree City USA for 37th Year — 5/6
Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year. Lincoln also received a Tree City Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The City Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 125,000 public trees along streets and in parks.
- City Encourages Residents to "Bike to Work, Lincoln!" — 5/5
The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 9 through 16 Participants who commit to riding to work at least one day that week can receive valuable information and coupons (while supplies last) and will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
- Block of 14th Street Closed for Windstream Repair — 5/5
N. 14th Street from "O" to "P" streets was closed today after a contractor working on the "P" Street project damaged underground Windstream cables. The street has been closed in order for Windstream to make repairs.
- Public Encouraged to Be Aware of Air Quality — 5/5
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is encouraging residents to stay informed on air quality conditions. Parents of young children, older adults and people with lung or heart disease are strongly encouraged to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) before beginning any strenuous outdoor activity.
- Watershed Study is Topic of Open House — 5/2
The public is invited to an open house on the South Tributaries Watershed Study from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at Roper Elementary School, 2323 S. Coddington Ave. Attendees are encouraged to park and enter on the north side of the school.
- Lincoln City Libraries to Host Talk, Exhibit During Holocaust Remembrance Week — 5/1
As part of national Holocaust Remembrance Week, Holocaust survivor Lou Leviticus of Lincoln will give a presentation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street. Leviticus, Professor Emeritus of Biological Systems Engineering at UNL, will talk about his experiences during five years of war in his native Netherlands. His immediate family died in the conflict, but he managed to escape and will describe the difficulties of living through the Nazi years. Funding for his presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska.
- Recent Changes Reduce Crashes at 14th and Superior Roundabout — 5/1
Mayor Chris Beutler today said changes made since October 2013 to the roundabout at 14th and Superior streets have succeeded in reducing the number and severity of crashes at the intersection. The temporary changes at the roundabout will be made more permanent, with concrete curbing replacing temporary markings and traffic control devices. No further changes will be made at this time. The City Public Works and Utilities Department will continue to closely monitor the operation of the roundabout.