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2016 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

September

  • Wilderness Park Bridge Closed Beginning October 3 — 9/30
    The pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Wilderness Park, south of the Pioneers Blvd trailhead, will be closed for nearly two weeks, beginning Monday, October 3. Large rock, called “rip-rap,” will be installed to stabilize the stream bank that was damaged during the 2015 flooding in the park.
  • Libraries Launch Challenge to Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day — 9/30
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to win prizes this fall by reading aloud to their children for 15 minutes a day. Every child who completes the “Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day Fall Challenge” with their parent or caregiver will receive a drawing pad and crayons, and all participating families will be treated to a free party at Lincoln Children’s Museum in January.
  • Section of Normal to Close Thursday — 9/28
    As part of the ongoing improvement project on Normal Boulevard, the street will be closed to traffic between S. 48th and S. 56th streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29th. During the closure, local access to residential and business properties will be maintained. Drivers are encouraged to use either South Street or Van Dorn Street, and signal timing adjustments have been made to better handle the detour traffic. Motorists should expect delays and are asked to drive with additional caution.
  • Open House Set for 56th and Morton Drainage Improvement Project — 9/27
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, October 6, on a stormwater drainage improvement project in the area east of 56th Street and north of Cornhusker Hwy. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vital Services, 6400 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 250. The public may park in the south lot and enter through the east door of the main entrance. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Reserve Park Areas Online — 9/27
    The Parks and Recreation Department now offers online scheduling and payment for wedding and shelter locations in Lincoln parks. To view and reserve available space, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov and select "Reserve a Park Area." Online reservations must be made at least one week in advance.
  • New Pavement Sealer to Be Used on Old Cheney — 9/26
    Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, Old Cheney Road from Hunts Drive to Salt Valley View (just west of S. 14th Street) will close for pavement sealing work. Traffic will be detoured to Warlick Blvd. and U.S. Hwy 77. Temporary access will be maintained for Hunts Drive from the west during the project. The road will reopen in the afternoon.
  • Traffic Signals Being Repaired at N. Antelope Valley and Military Road — 9/23
    There will be no traffic signals for the remainder of the weekend at the intersection of N. Antelope Valley Parkway and Military Road. The intersection will operate under a four-way stop while emergency crews conduct repairs following a vehicle accident.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month — 9/23
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to attend several free events to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The events recognize the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans and their contributions to our City, State and nation.
  • Public Can Comment on Comp Plan and LRTP — 9/23
    The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting public comment on the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan (LPLAN 2040) and the Lincoln Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Both draft plans are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: lplan2040 and lrtpupdate).
  • Open House Postponed for N. 14th and Cornhusker Project — 9/21
    The open house scheduled for Thursday, September 22, on improvements to the intersection of N. 14th Street and eastbound Cornhusker Hwy. has been postponed. The meeting was to be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Educare, 3435 N. 14th Street. The open house will be rescheduled following a review of documentation related to the federal aid process.
  • New StarTran Routes to Start November 1 — 9/21
    Free rides to be offered in October and November StarTran has moved the start date for its restructured route system from October 3 to November 1. StarTran Transit Manager Mike Davis said the date was moved back to ensure a good transition and to allow time for all the bus stop signage to be completed. StarTran will now offer free fares not just during the month of October but through November as well.
  • Fall Events Planned at Nature Center — 9/21
    Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to a variety of youth and family-oriented outdoor events this fall. The following activities are planned: Wild Fall Festival – Friday, October 7, 5 to 8 p.m. This event features various free games, crafts, and activities. Hayrack rides also will be available for $3 per person, and tickets will be sold at the event. Food will also be available for purchase.
  • Administration Files Lawsuit on Property Tax Levy — 9/20
    The Administration of Mayor Chris Beutler today asked the District Court to issue a writ of mandamus to require the City Council to set the property tax rate necessary to balance the lawfully adopted City budget.
  • Children Invited to Read to a Dog — 9/20
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites children to read aloud to dogs this fall as a way to improve their reading skills. The program is offered through a partnership between the local Healing Heart Therapy Dogs organization and LCL.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday September 24 — 9/16
    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, September 24th at Continental/Veyance Technologies, 4021 N 56th Street. This event is coordinated by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in partnership with the event site-host, Continental/Veyance Technologies.
  • Library Hosts One Book-One Lincoln Events — 9/15
    Lincoln City Libraries continues to host free One Book-One Lincoln events through September 25. The 2016 selection is "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon. His book addresses how the medical profession can enhance the quality of life even to the end.
  • Open House for Proposed Changes to N. 14th Street & U.S. Highway 6 — 9/15

    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, September 22 on improvements to the intersection of N. 14th Street and eastbound Cornhusker Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 6). The meeting is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Educare, 3435 N. 14th Street.

  • Nominations Now Accepted for New Luminary Award — 9/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a new award has been established to honor an individual who has made an impact on the community and has demonstrated Lincoln's values. Nominations will be accepted through October 31, and the first Luminary Award will be presented December 21, the winter solstice, at Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets.
  • State of the City Calls for "Culture of Innovation" — 9/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler said today there has never been a better time to "live, work, raise a family and have fun" in the Capital City. And he said creating a culture of innovation will help Lincoln improve the quality of life for all residents of the community. The Mayor's comments were part of his State of the City Address delivered this morning at a breakfast event organized by Leadership Lincoln.
  • Public Invited to Sculpture Dedication — 9/13
    The West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) invites the public to the dedication and lighting ceremony for "Harvest," the new sculpture in the outdoor plaza at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Friday, September 16 in the plaza. If the weather is bad, the ceremony will be moved inside the lobby of the Arena.
  • Public Input Results in New Zoo Expansion Plans — 9/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler, the Lincoln Children's Zoo and Lincoln Parks and Recreation today announced that they have reached consensus on updated plans for the Zoo expansion based on public feedback. The updated plan consolidates all of the Zoo's expansion north of "A" Street, adjacent to its current site.
  • Woods Park Tennis Center Groundbreaking Set for Sept. 16 — 9/12
    The Woods Park Tennis Center Campaign and the Lincoln Parks Foundation invite the public to the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new public indoor tennis facility at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at 33rd and "J" streets.
  • Mayor to Present August Award of Excellence — 9/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to Police Officer Robert Hurley, who has been with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) since 1991.
  • Mayor Urges Public to Observe Patriot Day — 9/9

    Mayor Chris Beutler encouraged the public to attend two public Patriot Day events in Lincoln Sunday, September 11, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

    • All Lincoln Fire and Rescue stations will host short memorial services at 8:45 a.m. After the ceremonies, the public is invited to tour the stations and visit with local firefighters and emergency responders. Fire Station 1 is at 1801 "Q" Street, and other stations addresses can be found at fire.lincoln.ne.gov.
    • The Advisory Committee for the Veterans Memorial Garden will host its annual Patriot Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. in the garden in Antelope Park. The keynote speaker will be Deb Coyne, whose niece, Lincoln Southeast High graduate Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley, died in the World Trade Center attacks. If the weather is bad, the event will be held in the nearby Auld Recreation Center.
  • Public Invited to Northeast Senior Center Open House — 9/9
    Aging Partners invites the public to an open house at the Northeast Senior Center Saturday, September 24 as part of the Havelock Fall Festival. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6310 Platte Ave. The open house will give seniors and their families a chance to see recent renovations to the center, including the new computer lab.
  • StarTran Open Houses Scheduled for September — 9/9
    StarTran invites the public to attend one of its open houses this month to learn about the restructured route system which takes effect Monday, October 3. Maps and schedules will be available, and staff will be available to answer questions about the new routes, which include designated stops resulting from the Transit Development Plan.
  • Mayor's State of the City Address to Focus on "Creating a Culture of Innovation" — 9/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that theme of the 2016 State of the City Address will be "creating a culture of innovation." The Mayor will deliver the address during a breakfast event Wednesday, September 14 at the Downtown Holiday Inn, 141 N. 9th Street. For the first time, the Mayor is partnering with Leadership Lincoln on a State of the City event.
  • Open House for Jamaica North Trail Reconstruction — 9/8
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, September 14 to review the plans and the schedule for the Jamaica North Trail reconstruction project. The meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th. Informal presentations will be given at 6:15 and 7 p.m., and staff from the Parks and Recreation Department and Olsson Associates will be available to answer questions.
  • Partnership Connects LPS Students to City Libraries — 9/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Superintendent Steve Joel today announced a new initiative to provide all LPS students with access to the resources of the Lincoln City Libraries (LCL), including high-speed Internet access. The ConnectED Library Challenge is a White House initiative to provide all students with access to broadband and to the best in electronic information resources.
  • Normal Blvd. Improvements to Begin Monday — 9/7
    Improvements are scheduled to begin Monday September 12 on Normal Boulevard from South to S. 56th streets. The work will require lane closures that restrict traffic to single eastbound and westbound lanes. Full closure during off-peak traffic times may also occur. Drivers and businesses will be notified in advance of any closures through signage. Access will be maintained to businesses at all times.
  • 84th Street Improvements to Begin in September — 9/2
    Improvements will begin Thursday September 8 on 84th Street from Windmill to Market streets. Traffic will be restricted to single northbound and southbound lanes. The project will include a mill and overlay of the road. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September.
  • NWU Sports Network Announces Football Telecast Schedule — 9/1

    For the 13th year, the NWU Sports Network will carry all Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Prairie Wolves home football games this season on a delayed basis. The NWU Sports Network is part of the educational access channel 80 on Time Warner Cable and Windstream Kinetic. NWU games also will be available LIVE online at nwusports.com.

  • Mayor Announces Cultural and Professional Celebration in October — 9/1
    The number of creators, artists, and entrepreneurs in Lincoln, Nebraska, continues to grow rapidly. Alongside Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, the startup and arts and culture communities announced today the launch of LNK-DNA.

August

  • Capital City Ready for Game Day Traffic — 8/31
    Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln is ready to welcome Husker fans to the Capital City for another season of Nebraska football. The first of the Huskers' seven home games starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 3 against Fresno State.
  • September is "National Preparedness Month" — 8/31
    Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month." National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Ready" Campaign to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
  • City Will Not Accept Firefighter Grant — 8/29
    The City of Lincoln has decided not to accept the SAFER grant to hire nine firefighters. The grant is offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help communities hire firefighters. The Beutler Administration applied for the grant in March and was notified August 12 that Lincoln's application was accepted.
  • LFR Pending Grant Award — 8/25
    On Friday, August 12, 2016, Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LFR) was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of a pending grant award for $1,467,639 through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.
  • Block of 66th Street to Close Monday — 8/25
    Beginning Monday, August 29, 66th Street from Holdrege to Fairfax streets as well as the intersection of 66th and Holdrege streets will close for urgent storm sewer improvements. The project includes replacing and enlarging the storm sewer and coincides with paving work in the area. The closure is expected to last three weeks.
  • Subjects Selected for "Girl Noticed" Mural Project — 8/25
    The national mural project "Girl Noticed" will feature two former refugees who have built new lives in Lincoln. The public is invited to watch the mural being created in a 9- to 12-hour session Saturday, August 27 on the south/"N" Street wall of the new Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and Health 360 Integrated Care clinic at 23rd and "O" streets.
  • Mayor's Prepared Statement on Budget Veto — 8/23
    The City budget is our plan for implementing the community's vision of what we want Lincoln to be. Thousands of residents over the years have helped us set the agenda for Lincoln's future. Their guidance so far has resulted in amazing successes. The next City budget must keep us on that pathway forward.
  • Tierra Skatepark to Close for Renovation — 8/22
    Tierra Park skatepark on S. 27th Street and Tierra Drive will close during the week of August 29 for renovation. J.J. Yost, Planning and Construction Manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the current facility has reached the end of its lifespan. The equipment will be replaced with more progressive concrete elements, and the existing concrete pad will be repaired. The project is expected to take about six weeks.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collections Scheduled for August 26th & 27th — 8/19
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted by bringing their household hazardous waste to one of two collection events scheduled for the month of August. The first event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, August 26th at Shepherd of the Hills Church just south of Hickman, 6901 Panama Rd. The second event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
  • Nature Center to Host Prairie Jazz Festival — 8/19
    Pioneers Park Nature Center will host the Prairie Jazz Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 27 at the Center’s tallgrass prairie. The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center are holding the fundraiser to support the Center’s development and programing. The Center will be closed to the public at 1 p.m. that day and reopen for the festival at 3:30 p.m.
  • Mayor Partners With Leadership Lincoln on State of the City Address — 8/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler and Leadership Lincoln invite the public to the Mayor's State of the City Address Wednesday, September 14 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 141 N. 9th St. An optional buffet breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m., and the program will begin at 7:45 a.m.
  • Star City Shores Open Through Sunday — 8/15
    While most of Lincoln's public swimming pools closed Sunday, August 14, Star City Shores will remain open through Sunday August 21. Hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m. today through Friday, August 19 and 12:30 to 6 p.m. August 20 and 21.
  • Mayor to Present July Award of Excellence — 8/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for July to Firefighter Troy Hassebroek of Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Public Invited to Chalk the Walks at Local Libraries — 8/12
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to participate in the 6th annual Chalk the Walks event Tuesday, August 16 at several library locations. The international event is a project of The Joy Team, and its purpose is to spread happiness by encouraging people to write positive messages with sidewalk chalk.
  • New Path Open at Pioneers Park Nature Center — 8/12
    The new path to the Chet Ager Building at the Pioneers Park Nature Center is now open. The path has been closed since June 13 to fix runoff issues. The project included the replacement of the concrete path with permeable pavers and a new drain. The work was funded through the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.
  • One Block of Cycle Traffic on "N" Street to Be Diverted — 8/12
    Beginning today or tomorrow, bicycle traffic on the "N" Street Cycle Track will be diverted to the north side of the street from 8th to 9th streets to allow for UNL students to move into the housing development on that block. Cycle traffic is expected to be diverted until Sunday, August 21.
  • Havelock Picnic Shelter Project Begins Monday — 8/12
    A project to replace the aging wooden picnic shelter in Havelock Park is scheduled to begin Monday, August 15. The new metal shelter is expected to be available for use by the end of September. Some of the older playground equipment in the park will also be replaced.
  • Mural Project to "Notice" One Lincoln Girl — 8/12
    The City of Lincoln is bringing the national mural project "Girl Noticed" to the Capital City, and nominations are now being accepted for the subject of the mural. The City is partnering with NeighborWorks Lincoln and Lutheran Family Services to bring artist Lori Pratico and photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan to Lincoln for the project, which shows the "hidden strength and importance of women in our society."
  • Mayor Says Council Actions Are Short-Term Solutions to Long-Term Problems — 8/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said several actions taken by the City Council majority yesterday and on July 25 are not "sustainable or responsible." Changes to the 2016-18 City budget approved on 4 to 3 votes include a reduction in funding for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) response, postponing the financing of street lights, and the one-time use of funds intended for another purpose.
  • Parks and Recreation Seeks Americorps Members — 8/11
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for 27 part-time Youth on the Move AmeriCorps members to provide academic support to students from kindergarten through 12th grade in Lincoln Public Schools. Program Coordinator Deb Buckman said the positions offer members an opportunity to "be a hero in the community and get things done!"
  • Final Taking Charge Report Available — 8/11
    The final report of this summer's Taking Charge budget survey is now available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: taking charge). More than 2,300 online and paper surveys were completed, and about 58 people attended the half-day Community Conversation.
  • Public Invited to Senior Center Picnic in Bennet — 8/10
    The public is invited to the Aging Partners All-Rural Senior Center Picnic Thursday, September 1 at the Bennet Senior Center in the American Legion Hall Post #280, 970 Monroe St. The event will feature entertainment by musician Johnny Ray Gomez.
  • Volunteers Needed for Party on the Plaza — 8/8
    The Parks and Recreation Department seeks volunteers for the upcoming Party on the Plaza, Saturday, August 13 at Union Plaza, 21st and "Q" Streets. Volunteer shifts are from 2 to 4 p.m. for set up, 4 to 7 p.m. during the event and 7 to 8 p.m. for event tear down. Party on the Plaza is a free event with a variety of activities for families.
  • Aging Partners Now Auditioning Tv Show Co-Hosts — 8/4

    Aging Partners is seeking co-hosts for its monthly television program, "Live & Learn," which focuses on the interests of older adults.

  • Mayor Vetoes "Gutted" Recycling Ordinance — 8/4
    Saying he would "settle for nothing less than real progress," Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he is vetoing the recycling ordinance passed Monday on a 4 to 3 vote of the City Council. He said he would reintroduce the RecycleLincoln ordinance this fall or if necessary work with its supporters to put the issue on the ballot for the City election next spring. He also encouraged residents to contact City Council members to express their opinions on the issue.
  • Construction on 56th Street Noise Wall to Begin Monday — 8/4
    Construction of a noise wall will begin Monday, August 8, at the northeast corner of 56th Street and Shadow Pines Drive. During the construction, through traffic will be maintained in both directions, with the northbound lanes shifted to the west between Shadow Pine Drive and London Road. For safety reasons, the speed limit will be reduced between Pine Lake Road and London Road.
  • Mayor Calls Vote to Gut Recycling Ordinance "Fiscally Irresponsible" — 8/2
    Mayor Chris Beutler said the action taken Monday by four City Council members to remove key portions of the RecycleLincoln proposal was "disappointing, short-sighted and fiscally irresponsible." An amendment from Council member Trent Fellers removed the required diversion of cardboard and other paper products from the ordinance. The amended ordinance passed 4 to 3, with Fellers, Jon Camp, Cyndi Lamm and Roy Christensen voting in favor.
  • Mayor to Present June Award of Excellence — 8/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for June to Police Officer Brian Ward. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.

July

  • Portion of Dietrich Trail Closed August 1-5 — 7/29
    The Dietrich Trail will be closed at the Holdrege Street bridge, at about 19th Street, August 1-5 for repairs to the bridge approaches. Trail users should detour from the Dietrich Trail at 21st Street, go south to "Y" Street, and then west to reconnect with the Antelope Valley Trail system.
  • Northbound Access to 27th Street From "P" Street to Close August 1 — 7/29
    The two lanes turning north from "P" Street onto 27th Street will close, Monday, August 1, due to work being done on 27th Street. The right turn lane on "P" Street for traffic turning southbound onto 27th Street will remain open.
  • Improvements to 66th Street to Begin in August — 7/25
    Improvements to 66th Street from "X" to Fairfax streets are scheduled to begin Monday, August 8. The project will include replacing curbs and gutters and a mill and overlay with asphalt. Other work will include replacing damaged storm drainage inlet tops, pedestrian curb ramps, utility adjustments, and restoration of traffic signal elements impacted by the work.
  • "Stepping On" Classes Set for August and September in Wahoo — 7/25
    The public is invited to participate in free workshops designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, "Stepping On - Building Confidence and Reducing Falls," will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday in August and the first three Fridays in September. The last class will be September 16. Sessions will be held at the Wahoo Senior Center, 235 E. 4th Street, and are offered through combined efforts of Aging Partners and Wahoo Senior Services.
  • Library Hosts Blues Performances — 7/25
    Bennett Martin Public Library continues to host "A Cast of Blues” through August 11. The exhibit celebrates Mississippi's rich musical heritage featuring 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson. Fifteen color photographs of performers and juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy also are on display.
  • Library Extends Deadline to Pick Up Prize Coupons — 7/25
    Lincoln City Libraries has extended to August 14 the deadline for Summer Reading Program participants to pick up their prize coupons. The Summer Reading Program rewards readers with prizes that include discounts at local businesses and free items such as entry into the Children's Museum, pool parties and Saltdogs tickets.
  • West Nile Virus Case Reported in Lancaster County — 7/22
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) has received its first report in 2016 of a case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Lancaster County. The adult male had a travel history outside of Lancaster County, and recent surveillance activities conducted by LLCHD have not yet identified WNV in mosquitoes locally. But officials urge the public to take steps to prevent mosquito bites because but conditions exist that will likely produce virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Spots Remain for Nature Center's Pre-K Program — 7/22
    A few spots remain open in the Pioneers Park Nature Center pre-kindergarten program, which begins September 9. Morning and afternoon sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through May. To register, or for more information, contact Sueann Ahrens at 402-441-8669.
  • West Haymarket Proposal Includes Grocery Store — 7/21
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that the City has selected the Lumberworks Lofts, LLC proposal to build three buildings on the west and north sides of the Lumberworks Garage in the West Haymarket. The estimated cost of the project is $11.1 million. The development on Canopy Street between "N" and "O" streets is expected include 48 housing units, 8,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of retail space. Whitehead Oil is proposing to open a U-Stop Market, a larger version of its convenience stores, in part of the retail space.
  • Officials Urge Caution in Hot Weather — 7/20
    The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Lincoln until 8 p.m. Friday, July 22. An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures (heat index of 105 degrees or above) will create life-threatening conditions. The heat and high humidity create a dangerous situation that can cause heat illnesses.
  • Second Open House Set for Old Cheney Road Project — 7/20
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, August 4 on improvements to Old Cheney Road from 40th Street to Highway 2. The meeting is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Pound Middle School Gymnasium, 4740 S. 45th Street. The public may park along 45th Street or in the south lot and use the 45th Street entrance.
  • Health Department Encourages Immunizations — 7/20
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is offering additional immunization clinics this summer to serve eligible children who may be excluded from school if they do not meet vaccination requirements. The clinics are by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August at the Health Department, 140 “N” St. To speak to a nurse or make an appointment, call 402-441-8065.
  • Mayor to Present May Award of Excellence — 7/18
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Jacquelyn Eden, an Aging Specialist in the Aging Partners Division of the Mayor's Office. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • One Book-One Lincoln Events Begin July 19 — 7/14
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to free One Book-One Lincoln events, including tours of an alternative senior living facility and community conversations. The 2016 selection is "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon. His book addresses how the medical profession can enhance the quality of life even to the end.
  • Taking Charge Results Support Park Improvements — 7/14

    Mayor Chris Beutler said today that preliminary results from the recent Taking Charge budget survey showed tremendous support for the Parks and Recreation Department with respondents giving top rankings to both neighborhood swimming pools and the repair and replacement budget for park facilities. More than 2,300 surveys were completed, and about 58 people attended half-day Community Conversation.

  • Final Java Meeting is Thursday — 7/12
    The final Joint Antelope Valley Authority (JAVA) meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 21st and "P" streets. Action will be taken at the meeting to terminate JAVA now that the Antelope Valley Project has been completed.
  • Mayor Beutler and Community Leaders Support Recycling Ordinance — 7/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler and community leaders today announced that an ordinance to add corrugated cardboard and other paper products to the list of materials that are diverted from the landfill will be introduced to the City Council Monday. The proposed ordinance is part of the City's RecycleLincoln! Initiative, which seeks to double Lincoln's recycling rate by 2020.
  • Mayor to Present April Award of Excellence — 7/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Kelly Davila from the Communications Division of the Police Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the 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.
  • Mayor's Proposed Budget Meets Goals, Deals With Challenges — 7/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler said today that his proposed budget for the 2016-2018 biennium focuses on "keeping the community safe, building transportation and infrastructure to support growth, and taking care of what we have." At the same time, he said, it deals with several major challenges, including the Police Fire Pension Fund, the Emerald Ash Borer and a $1.7 million drop in revenue from telecommunications taxes and fees.
  • Mayor Makes Public Safety a Budget Priority — 7/7
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that his proposed budget for 2016-2018 includes funding for four new police officers and two added last year, six new firefighters and a new ambulance. Beutler outlined his budget priorities in the second of three presentations and will present the budget to the City Council Monday, July 11.
  • Mayor Proposes Continued Growth of Transportation and Infrastructure — 7/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler said Wednesday that his proposed 2016-2018 City budget seeks to continue Lincoln's aggressive rate of infrastructure and transportation growth. Beutler began outlining his budget priorities in the first of three presentations. Beutler will discuss budget plans regarding public safety on Thursday, July 7 and will present the budget to the City Council on Monday, July 11.
  • "A" Street to Close at 70th for Repairs July 6 — 7/6
    "A" Street will be closed at 70th Street, beginning July 6, as part of the 70th Street Paving Repair Project. One traffic lane will be maintained for northbound and southbound 70th Street. Open lanes will shift from the inside to outside lanes during the closure. No access between "A" Street and 70th Street will be allowed.
  • South 9th St. Closing at "G" St. for 10 Days Starting July 6 for Sanitary Sewer — 7/1
    Southbound 9th Street between “G” and “F” Streets will be closed from 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 6 to Friday, July 15 for Sanitary Sewer System improvements. The work will include rehabilitation of deteriorated clay pipe, and the replacement of a structurally deficient manhole. Department officials said that closing the street completely will allow the project to be completed faster. During construction, southbound traffic will detour to “K” Street, 13th Street, and South Street. Only local traffic will be permitted south of “K”.
  • Nature Center Offer Programs on Butterflies, Rocks, Minerals and Herbs — 7/1
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington, invites the public to participate in three special events in July: · The Annual Butterfly Count begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9.
  • Health Advisory Issued Due to Fireworks Smoke — 7/1
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory for people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions like COPD due to high levels of smoke from fireworks.
  • Lincoln Pools, Golf Courses and Parks Open July 4 — 7/1
    Many Parks and Recreation facilities will remain open on Monday, July 4. All pools will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. The Pioneers Park Nature Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center features interpretive buildings that include hands-on and small animal exhibits, as well as enclosures for bison, elk, deer and non-releasable raptors.

June

  • Exercise Program for Those With Parkinson's Disease Begins in July — 6/29
    An exercise program based on training used by professional boxers and adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease will be available in Lincoln in July. Rock Steady Boxing is taught by experienced trainers and includes stretching, bicycling, running, jumping rope, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing.
  • Hyde Observatory Closed July 2 — 6/28
    The Hyde Memorial Observatory will be closed Saturday, July 2. The observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake is regularly open Saturdays from sundown to 11 p.m. April through October and from 7 to 10 p.m. November through March.
  • Volunteers Needed for Uncle Sam Jam — 6/27
    The public is invited to help with the City’s annual Uncle Sam Jam Sunday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park. Volunteers are needed from noon through 9:45 p.m. to help with Parks and Recreation activities and to help direct cars in parking lots.
  • Public Asked to Clean Up Fireworks Debris — 6/27
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) asks residents to properly dispose of fireworks debris following private and public Independence Day celebrations. Officials recommend allowing used fireworks to sit for several minutes and using water to make sure they are completely extinguished. A metal bucket or a bucket with sand or water can be used as a temporary trash can. Cooled fireworks can be placed in regular trash for disposal.
  • Open House Set on Improvements at 14th, Warlick, and Old Cheney — 6/27
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, June 30 on the improvement project planned for the intersection of 14th Street, Warlick Blvd. and Old Cheney Road. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Scott Middle School, 2200 Pine Lake Rd. The public may park in the north lot and enter through the north door. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Community Action Partnership Counties Awarded $31M Grant for Programs — 6/23
    This morning Mayor Chris Beutler and Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties announced the award of a competitive five-year, $31 million grant to administer Early Head Start and Head Start services in Lancaster and Saunders Counties.
  • Volunteers Needed for Oak Lake Cleanup July 5 — 6/22
    Volunteers are needed to help clean up fireworks debris and other trash at the sixth annual Oak Lake Park Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. The event is sponsored by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, EcoStores Nebraska and Ayars & Ayars. The Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration is Sunday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park. (The rain date is July 4.)
  • Temporary Trail Closures Start Thursday — 6/22
    A sanitary sewer project at about 6th and Calvert streets will temporarily close portions of the Salt Creek Levee and Jamaica North trails starting Thursday, June 23. The work is expected to take about one week.
  • Temporary Sidewalk Repairs to Begin in the Haymarket — 6/20

    The City will begin making temporary repairs to sidewalks in the Historic Haymarket District this week to improve walkability in the area. The initial repairs will focus on the corners of the intersections of 8th Street with "P" and "Q" streets. Crews will make asphalt patches in the areas where the older bricks have settled over time. The temporary patches are part of a broader plan to improve streets and sidewalks in the Haymarket.

  • Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory — 6/17
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lincoln until 7 p.m. tonight. A heat advisory means that a period of hot conditions (heat index from 100 to 104 degrees) is expected. The hot environment will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The heat index is a more accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the humidity is added to the actual air temperature.
  • "Uncle Sam Jam 2016" Features Soul Dawg, Kids' Games and Zambelli Fireworks — 6/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park, Sunday, July 3. Activities will begin at 1 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
  • "A Cast of Blues" Opens Friday at Bennett Martin Public Library — 6/14
    An exhibition celebrating Mississippi blues music begins Friday, June 17 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. "A Cast of Blues" features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and juke joints by photographer Ken Murphy. The reception will include a performance by local blues artist CA Waller.
  • Health Department Encourages Immunizations — 6/14
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is offering additional immunization clinics this summer to serve eligible children who may be excluded from school if they do not meet vaccination requirements. The clinics are by appointment only at the Health Department, 3140 “N” St., on following days: • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, July and August. • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays June 18 and July 16.
  • New Meters to Be Installed on 8th Street — 6/10
    This summer, Parking Services will install about 100 parking meters on both sides of 8th Street between "N" and "J" streets. Meters will also be installed on "J" Street between 8th and 9th streets. City Parking Manager Wayne Mixdorf said the meters are being installed to help the City better manage parking in the area of the new housing development at 801 "N" Street, which is scheduled for completion in August. This new development will potentially bring 600 new residents to the area.
  • Celebrate Father's Day With Frogs and Floats — 6/10
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to celebrate Father's Day with Frogs and Floats from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Participants will use dip nets to catch frogs and explore other pond life. Magnifiers will be available to take a closer look at the findings. After clean up, root beer floats will be served.
  • Officials Urge Caution in Hot Weather — 6/9
    Local officials today urged residents to pay attention to heat advisories and warnings and take steps to protect themselves, their families and their pets.
  • Council to Consider Merger of Pension Funds to Reduce Unfunded Liability — 6/9
    At the City Council meeting Monday, June 13, a measure will be introduced to merge two separate Police Fire Pension funds to help reduce the City's $103 million unfunded liability. The merger of the funds is a recommendation from the Pension Review Committee created by City Councilman Trent Fellers and Mayor Chris Beutler in October 2015.
  • Trago Park Sprayground Now Open — 6/8

    The Trago Park Sprayground has reopened following maintenance work done earlier this week. The park at N. 22nd and "U" streets is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Construction Begins Today on Yankee Hill Project — 6/8
    Yankee Hill from 70th to 84th streets was closed to through traffic today for a major road project. The intersections of Yankee Hill at 70th and 84th are open, however, the intersection at 84th will be closed starting Wednesday, June 15. Access to local traffic will be maintained at all times, and the suggested detour route is 70th Street and Highway 2.
  • Public Invited to "Bricks of Honor" June 11 — 6/8
    The public is invited to honor veterans past and present Saturday, June 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for the Veterans Memorial Garden will present its annual “Bricks of Honor” Dedication at 11 a.m. The free program marks the placement in the Garden of new bricks bearing the names of veterans, either living or deceased, purchased by family and friends wishing to remember them.
  • Free Program on Power of Attorney Set for June 20 in Seward — 6/8
    The public is invited to a free Power of Attorney (POA) presentation at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 20 at the Lied Senior Center of Seward, 1010 Manor Drive W. Craig Buford, a paralegal with Buford Law Office, will present information, take questions on POAs and living wills and provide documents that can be used for POAs.
  • Gere Branch to Re-Open Wednesday — 6/7
    The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, is expected to reopen Wednesday, June 8. The library has been closed since Monday due to a sewage backup.
  • Construction and Summer Hours Begin June 13 at Pioneers Park Nature Center — 6/7
    Beginning Monday, June 13, the Chet Ager Building at Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed for construction on improvements. The project to fix runoff issues is funded through the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The project includes replacement of the old concrete path with permeable pavers and a new drain. The project is expected to be completed by August 1.
  • Gere Branch Remains Closed — 6/7
    The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, will remain closed today, Tuesday, June 7, due to a sewage backup, the cause of which is unknown at this time. All meetings and programs have been cancelled. Staff has been assigned to other library locations. Customer service is available by calling 402-441-8500 or visiting lincolnlibraries.org. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
  • Gere Branch Closed Today — 6/6
    The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, is closed today due to a sewage backup. All meetings and programs have been cancelled. Staff has been assigned to other library locations. Customer service is available by calling 402-441-8500 or visiting lincolnlibraries.org. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
  • Share Your Golf Experiences Through Survey — 6/6
    The public is invited to share recent golf experiences by taking the second annual Lincoln City Golf Customer Satisfaction Survey at lincolncitygolf.org. Paper copies are also available at the five Lincoln municipal golf courses and at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 “A” Street. The survey runs through Monday, July 4.
  • Trago Spray Park Closed for Maintenance — 6/6
    The Trago Park Spray Park will be closed for maintenance until 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, weather permitting. For more information on the City Parks and Recreation Department, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • City Adds Hours, Encourages Recycling to Reduce Lines at Landfill — 6/3
    Public Works and Utilities officials say recent storm damage is contributing to long lines at the Bluff Road Landfill, 6001 Bluff Road. Closing hours today are being extended to 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (instead of 3 pm.), and Sunday hours are 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (instead of noon).
  • Public Invited to "Connect the Hood" — 6/3
    Combating and discouraging gang activity and participation by Lincoln’s youth is the focus of the free “Connect the Hood” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at the “F” Street Recreation Center, 1225 “F” St. The event is sponsored by Operation Tipping Point, a collaboration of more than 20 community groups. “Connect the Hood” will showcase community organizations that provide resources to families during the summer. The event also includes food, fun activities for children, prizes and Police and Fire displays
  • Public Invited to Volunteer for Shoreline Cleanup — 6/2
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in a shoreline cleanup along Oak Lake from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Volunteers should meet at the parking lot at Charleston Street and Sun Valley Boulevard. The event is the fifth in the VIP (Volunteer in Parks) Saturday series. Both current and new volunteers are welcome.

May

  • "Being Mortal" Selected for One Book - One Lincoln — 5/30
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced that "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande has been selected as the featured novel for the 2016 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.
  • Mayor Says New Taking Charge Survey Will Help City Develop Budget — 5/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City is facing two key budget challenges in developing the budget for the 2016-2018 biennium. And he encouraged the public to complete a new Taking Charge budget survey to provide input on upcoming decisions.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Friday June 3 — 5/27
    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. Friday, June 3rd at Lincoln Southwest High School, 14th & Pine Lake Road. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
  • Superior Street Trail Detours Available — 5/26
    Superior Street Trail users are advised of several detours that are available during the Superior Street repaving project, which includes work on curb ramps at intersections along the trail.
  • Mayor Kicks Off 2016 Lincoln Cares and 2 for Trees Programs — 5/26
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the funds provided by residents and community partners to two donation programs – Lincoln Cares and 2 for Trees – continue to fund important City projects. Since its inception in 2003, Lincoln Cares has raised nearly $1.4 million through donations, matching funds and sponsors. The program allows customers of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) to add $1 to their monthly bill payments for Parks and Recreation, Lincoln City Libraries and Aging Partners.
  • Gere Branch Open Today, May 25 — 5/25

    The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, will reopen today, Wednesday, May 25. All meetings and programs will proceed as scheduled. Customer service is available by calling 402-441-8500 or visiting lincolnlibraries.org.

  • Public Can Comment on Transportation Improvement Program — 5/25
    The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting public comment on the proposed 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a planning document that reflects the planned transportation expenditures over the next four years. The proposed TIP is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: TIP).
  • Gere Branch Closed Today — 5/24
    The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, is closed today due to a sewer line collapse. All meetings and programs have been cancelled. Staff has been assigned to other library locations. Customer service is available by calling 402-441-8500 or visiting lincolnlibraries.org.
  • All Lanes of S. 27th to Open in Area of Ideal Grocery Fire — 5/23
    Demolition of the east wall of Ideal Grocery will be completed early this afternoon, and all lanes of S. 27th Street between Randolph Street and Capital Parkway will reopen by 3 p.m. The sidewalk adjacent to the site will remain closed.
  • Recycle Lincoln! Aims to Double Recycling Rate — 5/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler and community leaders today launched an effort to make Lincoln a cleaner, greener City by doubling the community's recycling rate by 2020. The effort, called Recycle Lincoln!, is being led by Paul Jarrett of Bulu Box; Chelsea Johnson of the League of Conservation Voters; Marc LeBaron of Lincoln Industries; and City Council member Jane Raybould of B&R Stores.
  • Bennett Martin Public Library Offers Book Group for Spanish-Speaking Families — 5/23
    Stories for Everybody, a free book discussion group for Spanish-speaking parents and their elementary-age children, will begin Saturday, June 4 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The group will meet from11 a.m. to noon every Saturday through June 25.
  • Lincoln Named "Playful City" for Third Year — 5/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln has been named a “Playful City” for the third year. Playful City USA, a national recognition program established by KaBOOM!, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of honoring cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.
  • Time to "Slide Into Summer" With New Slides at Star City Shores — 5/20
    Star City Shores is celebrating its 20th year with new slides, and swimmers are invited to enter a contest to be among the first to go down the slides on opening day. Star City Shores is among the City's nine public pools that will open for the season Saturday, May 28.
  • Tickets Still Available for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/19
    Those attending the 38th annual Mayor's Arts Awards Wednesday, June 15 will see and hear a variety of stories from those whose lives have been touched by the power of the arts. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The Mayor's Arts Awards is produced by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC), which has been championing the arts, connecting people and changing lives since 1968.
  • Volunteers Needed for Waterfest and Public Works Day — 5/19
    Volunteers are still needed for Waterfest and Public Works Day Saturday June 4 at Holmes Lake Park. Volunteers will help with parking, assist with activities, distribute food and prizes and help with recycling and trash collection. All volunteers will receive a meal and an event t-shirt.
  • Several Trail Sections Closed — 5/19
    The Salt Creek Levee Trail is closed at "O" Street today for the removal of a large cottonwood tree that has washed up against the "O" Street bridge.
  • Vine Street Rehab Project Will Lead to Closures — 5/19
    An improvement project on Vine Street from 27th to 48th streets will begin Monday, May 23, weather permitting. The project includes asphalt mill and overlay and concrete base repair as well as partial reconstruction of the intersections at 33rd, 45th and 48th streets.
  • Railroad Repair to Close 33rd for Two Days — 5/17

    Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 33rd Street will be closed from Cornhusker Highway to Madison Avenue for railroad track repair. The street is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) will remove the concrete panels from the center of the tracks and modify the approaches to create a smoother crossing at 33rd Street. The suggested detour route is Cornhusker, 27th Street and Holdrege Street.

  • Library Director Clarifies Information in LIBA Release — 5/17

    Library Director Pat Leach said today's news release from the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) regarding the future of Bennett Martin Public Library confuses the issue.

  • Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Decrease in Latest Compliance Check — 5/17

    The percentage of businesses that sold tobacco to minors during the latest compliance check was 9.9 percent, a decrease from the 2015 cumulative non-compliance rate of 13 percent. Thirteen minors were able to buy tobacco out of 131 attempts in the checks conducted from February through April. The compliance checks are conducted by the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) using youth volunteers.

  • Volunteers Needed for Party on the Plaza — 5/17

    The public is invited to volunteer to help with Party on the Plaza from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Union Plaza. Party on the Plaza is a free community arts event, and volunteers are needed to lead activities, help decorate bikes and take on other duties.

  • "Stepping On" Classes Set for June and July in Ashland — 5/16
    The public is invited to participate in free workshops designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, “Stepping On – Building Confidence and Reducing Falls,” will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday in June and July with the exception of July 4. Sessions will be held at the Ashland Community Resource Center, 1324 Silver St. Participants can attend as many classes as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
  • Construction to Begin on Superior Street — 5/13
    Work will begin soon on a paving project on Superior Street from I-180 to 27th Street, and lane closures will begin Sunday, May 22, weather permitting. At least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during construction. Work will begin in the westbound lanes of Superior Street from just west of the 14th Street roundabout to the I-180 on-ramp.
  • City Encourages Residents to Bike to Work — 5/12
    The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 13 through 20. Two events are planned at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center in Union Plaza:

    A free kickoff rally is set for 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 13.

    A week-end celebration is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20.

  • EMS Week Begins Sunday — 5/12
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) will observe Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 15 through 21. This theme for this year's EMS Week is "Called to Care."
  • Mayor Presents Awards in Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by Lincoln Water System and the Mayor's Environmental Task Force. The top two entries were submitted by Aleena Nguyen of Pyrtle Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on two StarTran busboards, and Evyn Shafer of Lincoln Christian School, whose artwork will be displayed on a billboard that will move to various Lincoln locations.
  • Mayor Urges Water Conservation, Especially Outdoors — 5/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said residents will not be asked to follow a voluntary designated-day watering schedule at this time. Lincoln Water System (LWS) officials say recent rainfall and improvements to the water system have the City's water supply in good shape. But the Mayor said conserving water is never out of season, especially when it comes to outdoor watering.
  • Students Sought for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board — 5/11
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications from students who are interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Two positions are open for those who will be enrolled as high school juniors or seniors during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Mayor Thanks Voters for Passage of Stormwater Bond Issue — 5/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said yesterday's passage of the stormwater bond issue will help to protect homes and businesses across Lincoln. Voters approved the $6.3 million bond issue by a margin of 69 percent to 31.
  • Lincoln Special Olympic Athletes Train for Strider Cup — 5/10
    Special Olympic athletes in Lincoln are now training for the City's first Strider Cup Race from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in the Railyard. Most of the 23 athletes who are learning to ride Strider Bikes are on the Lincoln Shooting Stars, a Special Olympics Nebraska team sponsored by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department's Easterday Recreation Center.
  • S. 56th Now Open From Old Cheney to Pine Lake — 5/9
    One lane of traffic is now open in each direction on S. 56th Street from Old Cheney to Pine Lake Road. The major improvement project under way from Old Cheney to Shadow Pines includes widening the street from two to four lanes; construction of a new bridge; upgraded water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure; additional soil work to provide a stable pavement base; multiple retaining walls; a noise wall; additional turn lanes; and a new sidewalk and trail.
  • Celebrate "Kids to Parks Day" With Party on the Plaza — 5/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler invites Lincoln families to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" by participating in the season's first free Party on the Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21st at Union Plaza. The National Park Trust encourages communities to plan special events for "Kids to Parks Day" in local, state and national parks.
  • Mayor to Present March Award of Excellence — 5/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for March to Lori Irons and Debra Winkler from the Purchasing Division of the Finance Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the 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.
  • Health Department Issues Warning - Air Quality Unhealthy for All — 5/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a health advisory for the general public because of smoke from northern wildfires. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for all people, but especially for those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as children and older adults. LLCHD advises all residents to stay indoors and to avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Health Department Issues Air Quality Advisory — 5/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a health advisory for sensitive populations because of smoke from northern wildfires. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as children and older adults. LLCHD advises those at risk to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Reading List Released for Nebraska's Sesquicentennial — 5/6
    The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Commission, has released the Nebraska 150 Book List, the authorized reading list for the celebration of Nebraska's 150th anniversary or sesquicentennial in 2017. The list of 150 books can be found at nebraska150books.org, and the Nebraska Library Commission will mail reading resources to libraries, museums, historical societies and bookstores statewide.
  • Esposito Returns to Lead Public Works and Utilities — 5/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Miki Esposito will return as Director of the City Public Works and Utilities (PWU) Department effective Monday, May 16. Esposito was Director from December 2011 through November 2015, when she accepted a position as Deputy Director of Policy and Administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Thomas Shafer, who has served as PWU Interim Director, will return to his position as Design and Construction Manager.
  • Public Invited to Program on Dakota Storytelling — 5/5
    The public is invited to attend "Storytelling of the Dakota" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" St. Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey of Lincoln, a specialist in the historical culture of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux people, will present the program.
  • Public Invited to Waterfest and Public Works Day at Holmes Lake — 5/5
    The City’s sixth Waterfest Saturday, June 4 will again 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
  • Section of Randolph to Close for Repair — 5/4
    Beginning Monday, May 9, a half-block of Randolph Street just east of 27th Street will close for paving repairs. The northbound right lane of 27th Street is currently closed for curb ramp and paving repairs and will remain closed during the Randolph Street closure. The work on Randolph is expected to be completed by May 15, weather permitting.
  • Hyde Observatory Open for Rare Passage of Mercury — 5/4
    Hyde Memorial Observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 for Mercury's passage, or transit across the face of the sun. Mercury passes the sun only about 13 times each century. The last occurrence in 2006 was not visible from Lincoln.
  • Volunteers Needed for Painting Projects — 5/4
    The public is invited to volunteer Saturday, May 14 to help paint restrooms at three City parks. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at one of the park locations:
    • Trago Park, 22nd and "U" streets
    • Pentzer Park, 26th and Potter streets
    • Roper Park, N. 3rd Street between Hartley and Fairfield, near the rock parking lot
  • LFR Receives Award for Care of Heart Attack Patients — 5/4
    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has received the American Heart Association's (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for its treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. LFR received a Silver Award in 2015 and was the only Nebraska agency to receive the Gold Award this year.
  • Trail Closed for LES Work — 5/4
    The Boosalis Trail from Brower Road to Dunn Avenue will be closed from today through May 20 for Lincoln Electric System work. The recommended detour route is Brower Road to S. 20th Street to Kessler Blvd. The trail can be accessed on Kessler Blvd. at Dunn Ave.
  • "Be a Fan" of Seniors at May 18 Donation Drive — 5/3
    The public can "Be a Fan of Seniors" and help keep older adults cool this summer by donating a fan during the fourth annual donation drive Wednesday, May 18. New electric fans (in the box) can be donated from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Piedmont Shopping Center, 1265 S. Cotner St., in Lincoln.
  • Public Invited to Celebrate New Fountains — 5/3
    Mayor Chris Beutler, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to celebrate the three new fountains along the revitalized Nebraska Centennial Mall Tuesday, May 24. The free event from 5 to 7 p.m. begins at the Capitol Fountain near “K” Street, moves to the Missouri River Fountain between “L” and “M” streets, and ends at the Imagination to Innovation Fountain just north of “P” Street.
  • Walla Named City-County Purchasing Agent — 5/3
    City Finance Director Steve Hubka has announced that Bob Walla is the new Purchasing Agent for the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and the City-County Public Building Commission (PBC). Walla has served as Assistant Purchasing Agent since 2006. His new position was effective March 10, and he replaces Vince Mejer, who retired.
  • Starpass Offers Unlimited Summer Rides for Youth — 5/2
    StarTran is again offering its summer StarPass for riders ages 5 through 18. The StarPass offers unlimited rides from May 23 through August 31, 2016 for only $15. The StarPass also includes special discounts at 24 participating sponsors.

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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