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2015 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

July

  • Design Chosen for 14th, Warlick and Old Cheney — 7/29
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a design by Felsburg Holt and Ullevig (FHU) has been selected to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersecting roadways at 14th Street, Warlick Boulevard and Old Cheney Road. He said an extensive review process has determined that the elevated roundabout proposed by FHU will best meet the needs of the growing community into the future.
  • 27th Street Pavement Repair Begins August 10 — 7/29
    City of Lincoln Public Works Director Miki Esposito today announced that the "Summer of Progress" on Lincoln streets is continuing with improvements along 27th Street. "Our crews are involved in one of the largest street construction investments in Lincoln's history," Esposito said. "Just last month, we completely rebuilt and repaired 27th and "O" Street. Now we are beginning more improvements to key sections along this major community corridor."
  • 40th and Van Dorn Intersection to Close to Northbound Traffic Monday — 7/29

    Work continues on the Van Dorn Resurfacing Project. Beginning Monday, August 3, 40th Street will close to northbound traffic at the intersection of 40th and Van Dorn. This will also require the closure of the left-turn lane south of the intersection. The closure is needed for repair work on a sanitary sewer manhole in the intersection.

    Northbound traffic will be rerouted using Sheridan Boulevard and 48th Street.

  • One Book - One Lincoln Event Set for August 9 — 7/28
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is collaborating with the UNL African Student Association and the UNL Department of History and Ethnic Studies to provide an African perspective on the 2015 One Book - One Lincoln title Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., in the fourth floor auditorium.
  • Library Board Releases Position Paper Regarding Replacing Bennett Martin Library — 7/27

    The Lincoln Library Board of Directors has released a position paper regarding the replacement of the existing Bennett Martin Public Library with a new modern library to be constructed on Block 63, the current location of the now closed Pershing Center.

  • Summer Food Program to Include Lego Challenge — 7/27
    Children participating in the final two weeks of the Summer Food Service Program at Bennett Martin Library, 136 S. 14th St., will be invited to participate in a LEGO lunchtime challenge. The children will receive a new creative project to build with LEGOs each day of the challenge. Free lunch is served to children ages one to 18 from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through August 7. All children are eligible to participate at no cost.
  • Residents Reminded to Take Tree Debris to Designated Facilities — 7/27
    In the wake of Saturday's storm, Lincoln residents are reminded to take their private tree debris to the City Transfer Station, 5101 N. 48th St., or to Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Court. Some private refuse haulers will pick-up tree debris left at the curb. Residents can contact their refuse hauler to inquire about the service.
  • One Week Left to Complete Taking Charge Citizen Satisfaction Survey — 7/24
    Residents have until Saturday, August 1 to complete the City's Taking Charge citizen satisfaction survey at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: satisfaction). Paper copies are available by calling the Mayor's Office, 402-441-7511. Randomly selected households received surveys through the mail. The survey is an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on local government services.
  • Open House Set for Yankee Hill Road Project — 7/24
    The public is invited to an open house on the Yankee Hill Road improvement project from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at St. Michael's School, 9101 S. 78th St. The project includes paving Yankee Hill from 70th Street to Highway 2, widening it to four lanes between Sutherland Street and Highway 2 and building roundabouts at the quarter-mile, half-mile and mile intersections.
  • Party on the Plaza Set for August 8 — 7/23
    The public is invited to the free “Party on the Plaza” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 8 at Union Plaza. The event includes performances by the Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln at 4 p.m. and the Prairie Creek Ramblers at 4:30 p.m. Other activities include a poetry reading from the Writers Wordshop and an exhibit from Open Art Studio at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center. Activities for children will include chalk art, box hockey, bubbles and face painting. Food trucks will be available.
  • Library Features Nebraska Cartoonists — 7/17
    The work of Nebraska cartoonists will be featured at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, from July 24 through August 16. The exhibit is available during regular library hours, and some of the artists will be part of a First Friday Art Walk event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 7.
  • Developers to Create 20-Acre Telegraph District in East Downtown — 7/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a venture owned by Nelnet and Speedway Properties has been chosen to redevelop the area of 21st and “N” streets. The proposal by East Downtown Development Corporation, known as EaDo, will create a new 20-acre neighborhood called the Telegraph District to honor the impact of the area’s telephone companies on the local economy for more than 100 years. Nelnet plans to move hundreds of jobs into the former Windstream office building. The “live-work” development will also include a variety of housing options, retail space and office facilities, and will be attractive to those who like to use alternative transportation.
  • LFR Receives New Life-Saving Tool — 7/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) will receive six battery-operated chest compression devices to help save lives in cases of cardiac arrest. LFR's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff began a trial use of the device - called the LUCAS 2™ - in August 2014, and purchased one unit in January. LFR has used the LUCAS device more than 70 times.
  • City Street Survey Helps Prioritize Street Repair — 7/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler said a full survey of all streets is under way in Lincoln to help the City prioritize street repairs and make the best use of limited funding. The City first surveyed its streets in 2005 as part of its pavement management system, and updates were conducted in 2008 and 2012. A specially equipped van from International Cybernetics Corporation (ICC) is using lasers, GPS, 3D cameras, 360-degree cameras and other technology to collect data on the condition of the pavement. The work began in early June, and the survey of about 1,500 miles of City streets is expected to be completed by the end of August.
  • Prairie Jazz Festival Set for August — 7/13
    Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Prairie Jazz Festival Saturday, August 29 at the tallgrass prairie at Pioneers Park Nature Center. The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center are hosting the event from 3 to 8 p.m., with music from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Performers include Annette Murrell with Jim Williamson opening for the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. Tickets and more information are available at prairiejazzfestival.org.
  • StarTran Ridership Increase is Best in State — 7/13
    StarTran has been recognized for having the highest percentage increase in ridership among urban public transit systems in Nebraska for 2014. The Federal Transit Administration Region VII presented an award of excellence to StarTran at the Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers Managers Workshop in June. StarTran ridership increased from 2,445,148 to 2,479,363 last calendar year, an increase of 1.38 percent.
  • Mayor Urges Caution in Hot Weather — 7/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler and other local officials today urged residents to pay attention to heat advisories and warnings and take steps to protect themselves, their families and their pets. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for Lancaster County until 8 p.m. tonight, with the heat index expected to be 100 to 104 degrees. The heat index is a more accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the humidity is added to the actual air temperature. Information on local weather, the heat index and safety precautions are available at the NWS Web site www.weather.gov.
  • City Making Historic Investment in Streets — 7/9
    Chris Beutler today announced that the City is planning to improve 24 miles of streets this year, more than double the number of miles completed in 2014 and one of the largest street construction investments in Lincoln’s history. He said the current “summer of progress” is possible because of the City’s commitment to invest money in roads.
  • Street Closures Planned for Chesney Concert — 7/9
    To accommodate special events in connection with the July 16th Kenny Chesney concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Canopy Street will be closed from just north of "Q" Street to "R" Street from 3 p.m. to midnight. "R" Street will also be closed to through traffic, with barricades at 7th Street and just east of the Red One Parking garage. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
  • Project to Close Van Dorn From 40th to 48th Street Beginning Thursday — 7/8
    Work continues on the Van Dorn Resurfacing Project. Beginning Thursday, Van Dorn Street from 40th Street to 48th Street will be closed. The roadway continues to be closed from 33rd Street to 40th Street.
  • 56th and Normal Intersection Closed Due to Utility Hit — 7/2

    Motorists are advised that the intersection of 56th Street and Normal Boulevard has been completely closed due to utility construction that has resulted in a hit to a major gas line.

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue is on the scene and Black Hills Energy is working to correct the problem. Motorists are urged to avoid the closed intersection until it can be restored to normal conditions. The issue is expected to be resolved within the next hour or two.

  • Hyde Memorial Observatory Closed July 4 — 7/1
    Hyde Memorial Observatory at Holmes Lake will be closed Saturday, July 4. The facility will reopen for regular viewing and programs on Saturday, July 11.
  • 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.

June

  • Public Urged to Apply for Clean-Up Assistance — 6/30
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged property owners and renters affected by recent flooding to apply for clean-up cost reimbursement through the City's Disaster Recovery Program. The fund is a $1 million program that will provide up to $5,000 per incident caused by the storms that occurred in May and in October of last year.
  • West "O" Street Pavement Repair Begins July 13 — 6/30
    Beginning Monday, July 13, pavement repair on West "O" Street from N.W. 28th St. to 3rd Street is scheduled to begin. Weather permitting, the project is scheduled to be completed by November.
  • Public Asked to Help Clean Up Fireworks Debris — 6/29
    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.
  • Haymarket Pedestrian Bridge Honored for Design — 6/29
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced that the City's pedestrian bridge linking Pinnacle Bank Arena to the festival parking lot has been recognized by the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). Dimensional Innovations received the SEGD 2015 Honor Award for its work on the design and fabrication of the bridge.
  • 27th and "O" Intersection Open — 6/24
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the intersection of 27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 has been resurfaced and is back open for traffic on time and on budget. The intersection closed June 7 and was scheduled to reopen Thursday, June 25.
  • Mayor Withdraws Support for Paine Appointment — 6/23
    "Our concern about D.C.-style politics being used in Lincoln has not changed. We have not allowed partisan bickering and the undue influence of special interest groups to keep our community from moving forward, and we should never adopt that way of doing the City's business."
  • Chet Ager Building, Most Trails Reopen at Nature Center — 6/23
    The Chet Ager Building and most of the trails have reopened at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. The facilities were closed last week after flooding. Some trail segments will remain closed until further notice.
  • Public Invited to Nature Center Garden Friends Party — 6/23
    The public is invited to a Garden Friends Party, an afternoon tea party for children, Thursday, June 25 at the Pioneers Park Nature Center's Prairie Building, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The party from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $5 per person, and pre-registration is required by calling 402-441-7895.
  • Mayor Cautions Council to Avoid D.C.-Style Politics in Appointment Process — 6/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today expressed concern that some members of the City Council may be tempted to "play politics" and set an unfortunate precedent by opposing the nomination of an applicant to the Air Pollution Advisory Board for partisan reasons. Mayor Beutler has nominated Mitch Paine for board membership, but the Council voted today to remove his nomination from the consent agenda. His nomination will be up for a public hearing at the next Council meeting June 29. The board advises the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and the County Board has already unanimously approved Paine's appointment.
  • Work on Highway 2 and Warlick / South 14th to Close Lanes — 6/22
    Repairs to Highway 2 from Van Dorn Street to Old Cheney Road will require daytime lane closures until the beginning of September.
  • Lincoln Named "Playful City" for Second Year — 6/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced that Lincoln has been named a "Playful City" for the second year. Lincoln became the first city in Nebraska to be a named a Playful City when it received the designation last year. Playful City USA is a national program sponsored by Humana Foundation in partnership with KaBOOM! It honors communities for taking bold steps to ensure that all children have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities.
  • 70th Street Project to Begin Monday — 6/19
    Street rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin Monday, June 22 on 70th Street from Van Dorn to Eastborough Lane. The project will require only lane closures, and access will be maintained to all local residents and businesses.
  • New Taking Charge Citizen Satisfaction Survey Begins — 6/18

    Mayor Chris Beutler today launched the City's new Taking Charge citizen satisfaction survey and encouraged residents to provide feedback on local government services. Randomly selected households will begin receiving surveys through the mail, and an online version is available now at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: satisfaction). Paper copies will also be available at Lincoln City Libraries. Mayor Beutler said the Taking Charge process has impacted decisions on City programs and the budget and provides staff with valuable information to improve City services.

  • "Uncle Sam Jam 2015" Features Josh Hoyer, Kids' Games and Zambelli Fireworks — 6/17
    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park Friday, July 3. Activities will begin at 1 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.
  • Public Invited to Nature Center for "Frogs and Floats" on Father's Day — 6/16
    The public is invited to celebrate Father's Day at the Pioneers Park Nature Center with a program called "Frogs and Floats" from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21. The program will begin at the Prairie Building. Participants will dip nets into the pond to catch frogs, tadpoles and other pond-life and then use magnifiers to get a closer look at the their findings. The event will end with root beer floats. Participants are encouraged to wear older shoes and clothes and to wear insect repellent.
  • Mayor Thanks Council for Providing Relief for Those Impacted by Sewer Backups — 6/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler thanked the City Council for unanimously passing a measure dealing with sanitary sewer backups last fall and last month. The measure creates a $1 million Temporary Sanitary Sewer Disaster Recovery Assistance Program to provide affected property owners and renters with reimbursement for clean-up costs. The fund will provide up to $5,000 per event for specified mitigation costs.
  • City Golf Courses Now Have One Website — 6/16

    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has launched a new City golf website at lincolncitygolf.org. The new site includes information for all five City courses - Highlands, Holmes, Jim Ager Junior, Mahoney and Pioneers.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Friday June 19 — 6/12
    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 19 at Union College, South 52nd and Cooper Ave. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
  • Partnership Will Improve Libraries' Internet Connection — 6/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced partnership between Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and NebraskaLink to greatly improve LCL's broadband capabilities. NebraskaLink successfully applied to the Public Services Commission (PSC) for $334,000 from the Nebraska Universal Service Fund to build connections from all eight library locations to the fiber network. The only cost to LCL will be for upgrading its own equipment.
  • Public Invited to Take Online Survey on Community's Health — 6/9

    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) invites the public to take a brief online survey to help assess the health of the community. The survey is available in both English and Spanish at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: community or comunidad) until the week of July 6.

  • Lincoln Applies for Federal Transportation Grant — 6/9
    The City of Lincoln has applied for a federal grant to help fund the planning and development of the City's multimodal transportation infrastructure. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants are a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Volunteers Needed for Oak Lake Cleanup July 5 — 6/9
    Volunteers are needed to help clean up fireworks debris and other trash at the fifth annual Oak Lake Park Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 5. The event is sponsored by the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department, the City Parks and Recreation Department, EcoStores Nebraska and Ayars & Ayars. The City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration is July 3 at Oak Lake Park.
  • Mayor Appoints Linke Interim Fire Chief — 6/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced the appointment of Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) Battalion Chief Tim Linke (LIN-kee) as Interim Fire Chief, effective Friday, June 12. He will take over the post from Fire Chief John Huff, who is retiring after a 40-year career with LFR. Linke has been with the department since 1998.
  • Food Safety Program Wins Prestigious National Award — 6/8
    The Food Safety Program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is receiving the top national award for community food protection. The department will receive the Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award at the National Association of County and City Health Officials Conference July 8 in Kansas City.
  • Lincoln Libraries Hosting Summer Food Program — 6/8
    For the first time, two Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) are hosting the annual Summer Food Service Program. The program was established to ensure that all children ages two to 18 would continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer when school is not in session.
  • Mayor to Present April Award of Excellence — 6/8
    Mayor Chris Beutler will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to a team from the Solid Waste Management division of Public Works and Utilities: Solid Waste Operations Supervisor Kevin Patak and Landfill Operators Jason Killingsworth and Mark Reynolds. 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.
  • Bennett Martin Library Open Friday Night for Art and Jazz — 6/4
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will participate in the monthly Friday Art Walk by hosting a performance by The Daniel Bennett Group at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St.. The performance, a mix of modern jazz and American folk music, is being hosted by LCL's Polley Music Library with funding provided by the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries.
  • Library Offers Bilingual Book Group — 6/4
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is offering "Stories for Everybody," a free bilingual book discussion group for Spanish-speaking families with elementary-age children. The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays, June 6 through 27, at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Level 3 to Extend Broadband Service to Lincoln — 6/4
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City has entered into a lease agreement with Level 3 Communications to extend its fiber optic infrastructure to the City. Level 3 will use the fiber optic conduit grid recently installed in as part of the Lincoln Technology Improvement System (LTIS). Level 3 is a global telecommunications provider based in Broomfield, Colorado.
  • 27th and "O" Intersection Closes Sunday Night — 6/3
    The 27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 intersection is scheduled to close the night of Sunday, June 7 for reconstruction. The closure is scheduled to last 18 days, weather permitting. During construction, "O" Street will be closed from 25th to 29th streets, and 27th Street will be closed from "N" Street to the alley just north of "O" Street.
  • New Nature Trekkers Program Kicks Off in June — 6/2
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center's new weekly Nature Trekkers program begins Wednesday, June 10 and runs through July 22. The treks for children in preschool through grade school are from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
  • Open House Set for 70th Street Improvements — 6/2
    The public is invited to an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11 to learn about the improvement project on 70th Street from Van Dorn Street to Eastborough Lane. The open house will be held at Morley Elementary, 6800 Monterey Drive.

May

  • "Americanah" Selected for One Book - One Lincoln — 5/26

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced that Americanah by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been selected as the featured novel for the 2015 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.

  • Parks and Recreation Seeks Additional Input on Antelope Park Triangle — 5/22
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and Lincoln Children's Zoo are seeking additional public input on the use of City and Zoo facilities for the Antelope Park Triangle, bounded by "A" Street, 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. The Zoo has developed a long-term plan to expand to the west, allowing for additional animal habitat areas as well as indoor and outdoor exhibit and event areas. The plan also includes a permanent structure to house Zoo School, the LPS Science Focus High School.
  • HHW Collection and Latex Paint Exchange Set for Saturday, May 30 — 5/22
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Zoetis, N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
  • Public Pool Opening Delayed Two Days — 5/21
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will delay the opening of the nine public swimming pools because the recent rain and cool temperatures have made the pool water too cold for safe swimming. Weather permitting, pools will open with regular operating hours on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, two days after the traditional start of the season.
  • AHA Recognizes LFR for Improvements in Treating Heart Attacks — 5/20

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing improvements in for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

  • Library Offers New Online and Mobile Streaming Service — 5/20

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced a partnership with hoopla digital that will give the public free mobile and online access to thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, audiobooks, eBooks and comics. Lincoln library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app or visit hoopladigital.com.

  • Lincoln Libraries' Summer Reading Program Coming to County Sites — 5/20

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will provide summer reading activities for all ages at select sites in Lancaster County beginning Tuesday, June 2. All sessions are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required. Programs will be presented through Thursday, July 23 at these sites:

    • Bennet Community Church - 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Denton Community Center - 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Firth Village Hall - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays
    • Hallam Village Hall - 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays
    • Hickman Shepherd of the Hills Church - 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays
    • Holland Reformed Church, Hickman - 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays
    • Malcolm United Methodist Church - 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays
    • Panama Presbyterian Church - 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays
    • Raymond Women's Club Building - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays
  • Water Quality Report Available Online — 5/19

    The 2014 Water Quality Report for the City of Lincoln is now available online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: water quality report). The annual report is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and includes important information about the source and quality of Lincoln's drinking water. No drinking water violations occurred during 2014.

  • Fire Chief Huff to Retire — 5/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Fire Chief John Huff will retire from Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), effective Friday, June 12. Huff began his LFR career in 1974 as a firefighter. Mayor Beutler appointed him as Interim Fire Chief in April 2011 and Fire Chief in July 2012.
  • Parking Services and Young Professionals Join Forces for Give to Lincoln Day — 5/19

    The City Parking Services division and the Young Professionals Group (YPG) of Lincoln will work together to raise money for nonprofits as part of Give to Lincoln Day Thursday, May 28.

    Parking staff and YPG volunteers will install signs on parking meter posts Thursday, May 21 encouraging drivers to download the Passport Parking mobile payment app to pay for their parking. Parking Services will donate all funds generated through the use of the app on May 28, with a guaranteed minimum contribution of $1,000.

  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/19

    The reservation deadline for the 2015 Mayor's Arts Awards Wednesday, June 10 has been extended to Thursday, May 28. The event at the Lied Center for Performing Arts is sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council. The awards formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area. More information is available at artscene.org.

  • Tomorrow's "Wake Up the Beds" Rescheduled — 5/15
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation is postponing the "Wake up the Beds" event scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at the Sunken Gardens, 27th and Capital Parkway, due to poor planting conditions. Those who are still interested in helping can join the public garden staff at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 to resume planting the annuals at the Garden.
  • Tomorrow's Party in the Parks Cancelled — 5/15
    The first Party in the Parks of the season scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at Union Plaza has been cancelled due to weather. A second Party in the Parks is scheduled for Saturday August 8 in Union Plaza.
  • City to Provide Free Debris Hauling for Two Areas — 5/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City has contracted to provide trucks and front-end loaders Saturday, May 16 to pick up and haul away debris from two areas affected by last week's heavy rain. Residents are asked to have their debris at the curb by 8 a.m., and they will not be charged for this service.
  • Intersection Repair Begins at 16th and Old Cheney — 5/11
    Work began today on intersection repairs and modifications at 16th Street and Old Cheney Road. The project will require lane closures at various times, but the intersection will remain open to traffic. Pedestrian ramps at the intersection will be reconstructed to meet ADA standards, and the sidewalks will be closed during construction. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 12.
  • Mayor to Present 2014 Award of Excellence — 5/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2014 to Police Officer Robert Norton for his work as a School Resource Officer at Southeast High School. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Open House Set for Van Dorn Resurfacing Project — 5/10
    The public is invited to an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 on the resurfacing of Van Dorn Street from 33rd to 48th streets. The meeting is in the commons area at Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th Street. The project includes the widening of Van Dorn to one lane of travel in each direction with a center turn lane, as well as the reconstruction of sidewalk curb ramps to meet ADA requirements.
  • Flood Information and Resources — 5/8

    The voluntary evacuation of the North and South Bottoms neighborhoods is no longer in effect.

    For health and safety reasons, residents should avoid Salt Creek, Antelope Creek and any other high-water area.

    Do not attempt to cross flooded streets or drive around barricades.

  • Flood Area Evacuation Encouraged — 5/7
    Public safety officials are advising residents in the North and South Bottoms neighborhoods to voluntarily evacuate as soon as possible. The affected area is bordered by Folsom, 8th, Van Dorn and Cornhusker. Salt Creek is getting close to topping the levee as other creeks drain into it.
  • Donation Programs Have Major Impact in Community — 5/7

    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to continue to support two community donation programs - Lincoln Cares and 2 for Trees.

    • Since its inception in 2003, Lincoln Cares has raised nearly $1.3 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.
    • Since its inception in 2012, 2 For Trees has raised more than $303,500 through donations and grants. The program allows customers of the Lincoln Water System (LWS) to add $2 to their bill payments to support of public trees along streets and trails, in parks and in golf courses.
  • City Encourages Residents to "Bike to Work, Lincoln!" — 5/6

    The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 8 through 15. Two events are planned at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center in Union Plaza:

    • A free Kickoff Rally is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 8. Cyclists will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Cycle Works, 27th and Vine streets, and 7 a.m. at the Bike Rack, 3321 Pioneers Blvd., to bike as a group to Union Plaza for refreshments. Riders also are encouraged to ride to the Trails Center from their homes or workplaces.
    • A free Ice Cream Social from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 15th will feature refreshments from the UNL Dairy Store and prize drawings.
  • 27th and "O" Intersection to Close for Reconstruction — 5/6
    The reconstruction of the 27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 intersection is scheduled to begin the week of June 7 and last for about 18 days, weather permitting. During construction, "O" Street will be closed from 25th to 29th streets, and 27th Street will be closed from "N" Street to the alley just north of "O" Street
  • Public Invited to Dedication of Jamaica Trail North — 5/5
    The public is invited to the dedication and recognition of donors for the Jamaica North Trail at 5 p.m. Friday, May 8 near 4th and Van Dorn streets, just south of the railroad tracks on Park Blvd. Those interested in participating in an organized bike ride to the ceremony can meet at 4:30 p.m. at 2600 Park Blvd.
  • Sheridan Boulevard Closing Monday for Penny Bridge Project — 5/1
    Beginning after 8 a.m. Monday, May 4, all lanes of Sheridan Boulevard will be closed from Woodsdale Boulevard to 33rd Street for the replacement of the historic Penny Bridges. The street as well the Rock Island Trail from Calvert to South streets will remain closed for the duration of the project, scheduled for completion in late fall.
  • Storm Drain Construction Near 48th Street to Begin Monday — 5/1
    Beginning Monday, May 4, construction will begin for the remaining work on the new storm drainage system installed last winter in the area of South 49th Street and Rentworth Drive. The project will require lane closures on South 48th Street, and area businesses will be affected by barricades, pavement section removal and replacement and other construction activities. Access to businesses will be maintained but may be limited for public safety. The project is expected to be completed in mid to late June.
  • Flood Insurance Premiums to Drop Again — 5/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln homeowners who buy flood insurance will see their premiums further reduced due to the City's flood prevention efforts. Effective today, the City is being upgraded in the Community Rating System (CRS) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

April

  • Van Dorn Water Main Replacement Starts Monday — 4/30
    Beginning Monday, May 4, the north lane of Van Dorn Street between 37th and 40th streets will be closed for water main replacement. The contractor began locating utilities in the area today, and the replacement project is scheduled to be completed by mid-June. It is being coordinated with the widening of Van Dorn from 33rd to 48th streets, which is scheduled to begin in late May.
  • Updated date: Water Main Replacement Set to Begin May 11 — 4/30

    Beginning Monday, May 11, several streets north of Vine between 22nd and 26th streets will be temporarily closed in phases for the replacement of the water main. The main is being replaced on the following streets:

    • Lynn Street from 23rd to 25th streets
    • "W" Street from 22nd to 26th streets
    • 23rd Street from Vine to "W" streets
    • 26th Street from Vine to "W" streets
  • Water Main Replacement Set to Begin May 1 — 4/30

    Beginning Friday, May 1, several streets north of Vine between 22nd and 26th streets will be temporarily closed in phases for the replacement of the water main. The main is being replaced on the following streets:

    • Lynn Street from 23rd to 25th streets
    • "W" Street from 22nd to 26th streets
    • 23rd Street from Vine to "W" streets
    • 26th Street from Vine to "W" streets
  • City Threatens Legal Action Against K2 Retailers — 4/30
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City Attorney has advised five Lincoln retailers known to have sold K2 that legal action will be taken against them unless they sign a community protection agreement with the City. By signing the agreement, the retailer makes a commitment to cease and desist from selling or distributing K2 products within the City limits.
  • Van Dorn Repairs to Close Lanes, Reroute Traffic — 4/29
    Beginning Thursday, April 30, pavement repair work will result in lane closures on Van Dorn Street from 9th to 11th street. Van Dorn Street will be closed to westbound traffic from 11th to 9th streets and to eastbound traffic from 10th to 11th streets. Additional traffic restrictions are possible during the project, which is expected to take about five weeks.
  • StarPass Offers Unlimited Summer Rides for Youth — 4/24
    StarTran is again offering its summer StarPass for riders ages 5 through 18. The StarPass offers unlimited rides from June 1 through August 31 for only $15 as well as special discounts at 24 participating sponsors.
  • Hudl to Build Headquarters, Create New Jobs in West Haymarket — 4/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler and the local sports video software firm Hudl announced today that Hudl will expand and build a new headquarters on Canopy Street in the West Haymarket area. Hudl expects to add up to 300 new high-tech jobs over the next three years. Hudl is partnering with one of its investors, Nelnet, which plans to use the building for additional growth, including the expansion of its software development team in Lincoln.
  • Section of Williamsburg Trail Closed — 4/23
    A section of the Williamsburg Trail from Browning Street to Williamsburg Drive is closed because of more extensive work needed for a retaining wall replacement project currently under way. The trail will remain closed to the public until construction of the retaining wall can be completed.
  • Public Invited to Celebrate Arbor Day April 23 — 4/22
    The public is invited to the City's celebration of Arbor Day at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at Saratoga Elementary School, 2215 S. 13th Street. Saratoga second- and fourth-grade students as well as the school chorus will provide entertainment for the event, and City Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation. All those attending will have the opportunity to help plant new trees at the park. If the weather is bad, the celebration will move to the school gymnasium.
  • Public Input Sought on Transit Development Plan — 4/21

    The public is invited to discuss the future of Lincoln's public transit and provide input into the development of the City's Transit Development Plan (TDP) at two upcoming open houses:

    • Wednesday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, 1400 "R" St., room 202 (next to UNL Student Union)
    • Thursday, April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Southeast Community College Education Square, 1111 "O" St., room 101
  • Parks Grant to Help Fund "Crunch and Lunch" Program — 4/17
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has received a $10,000 grant to help increase access to healthy foods when school is not in session and to improve opportunities for physical activity. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) received from the Walmart Foundation to support programs for students when they are not in school.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Latex Paint Exchange, Sat., April 25 — 4/17
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Wal-Mart, 87th and Highway 2. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
  • Spring Activities Promote Clean Environment, Healthy Eating and Helping Others — 4/16
    Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged Lincoln residents to participate in a variety of spring activities that promote a healthier, cleaner and greener Lincoln. They include the annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 18 in Union Plaza as well as shoe drives, a gardening initiative, neighborhood clean-ups and zero-waste efforts.
  • Mayor Thanks Firefighters for Response and Voters for Supporting Public Safety — 4/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today commended Lincoln firefighters for their expertise and professionalism in responding to the three-alarm fire that destroyed several businesses at 17th and "P" streets Monday.
  • S. 56th Street Widening Project Begins Monday — 4/15
    Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, April 20 on the project to widen S. 56th Street from Old Cheney Road to Shadow Pines Drive. This section of S. 56th will be closed during construction, but access will be maintained to all local businesses. The detour route is Pine Lake Road, 40th Street and Old Cheney Road. To prepare for the increased traffic on Pine Lake Road, crews are working this week on repairs from 61st to 70th streets.
  • Lincoln Libraries to Promote Money Smart Week® — 4/15
    Lincoln City Libraries is partnering with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE) to host events for preschool, teen and adult audiences as part of Money Smart Week® April 18 through 25. The public awareness campaign was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
  • New Curator Named for Library's Heritage Room — 4/15
    Lincoln City Libraries Director Pat Leach today announced that Erin Willis has been named as the new curator of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The Heritage Room on the third floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., is a special collection of over 12,000 books by over 3,350 authors. Willis received her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis in special collections. She began her new duties on March 27.
  • Mayor to Present March Award of Excellence — 4/13
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Richard Scholl, a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in the Street Maintenance division of the Public Works and Utilities Department. 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.
  • Health Department Issues Health Advisory — 4/10
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a Health Advisory for sensitive populations because of smoke from agricultural burning. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are unhealthy for those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises those at risk to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Board of Health Award Winners Announced — 4/9
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department recognized a local physician, an agency director, a local restaurant, a food distribution center, and four agencies with Board of Health Awards. The Awards were presented at the Board of Health Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at the Bryan Health Conference Center.
  • Penny Bridge Replacement is Topic of Open House — 4/9
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, April 16 on the replacement of the Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard, just west of 33rd Street. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the commons area at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th St. No formal presentations are planned. Parking is available west of the school near the main entrance.
  • Mayor to Present February Award of Excellence — 4/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to Assistant City Treasurer Joel Wittrock. 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 Celebration to Recognize National Service — 4/6
    The public is invited to a celebration for the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Civic Plaza, 13th and "P" streets. A proclamation from Mayor Chris Beutler will be read at the event, which is part of a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national services, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. More than 1,900 mayors across the country and 35 mayors and county commissions in Nebraska have joined the recognition.
  • Volunteers Invited to Join Spring Rose Garden Cleanup — 4/6
    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 11. 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.
  • Register Now for Summer Day Camps — 4/3

    Registration is now open for the "FUNdamental Healthy Me" summer day camps offered by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. The camps for elementary and middle school children begin Tuesday, May 26. Registration forms are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: day camps).

  • Superior Street Repairs to Close Intersection, Lanes — 4/3
    Beginning Wednesday, April 8, pavement repair work will result in lane closures on Superior Street from Technology Drive to I-180. Two-way traffic will be maintained during construction which is expected to take about nine weeks. Access to side streets and driveways will be limited for short periods of time during the milling and asphalt operations. No lanes will be closed on Saturday, April 11, the day of the UNL spring football game.
  • Open House Set for S. 56th Street Widening Project — 4/2
    The public is invited to an open house Monday, April 6 on the widening of S. 56th Street from Shadow Pines Drive to Old Cheney Road. The meeting is from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Humann Elementary School, 6720 Rockwood Lane. Participants should use the west main door, and the meeting is in the multi-purpose room. No formal presentations are planned.
  • April is STD Awareness Month — 4/1
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds residents that screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is offered at its main offices at 3140 "N" Street. LLCHD provides several STD services, all confidential, as well as anonymous HIV testing.

March

  • StarTran Ready for Transit Week, Spring Game and Stuff the Bus — 3/31

    April is a busy month for StarTran, starting with Nebraska Transit Week April 6 through 10. StarTran will feature special promotions each day of the week:

    • Monday, April 6 is "Selfie on the Bus Day." Patrons are encouraged to take selfies while on the bus and post to StarTran's Facebook, or send to startraninfo@lincoln.ne.gov.
    • Tuesday, April 7 is "Bike and Bus Day," and riders with bicycles can ride for free.
    • Wednesday, April 8 is "Senior Day," and those 62 years of age and older can ride for free if they have a photo ID with a birth date.
    • Thursday, April 9 is "Reduced Fare Day," and the cash fare is only 25 cents.
    • Friday, April 10 is the Supermarket Sweep to kick off the Stuff the Bus event.
  • Library's Storytime to Feature Anti-Bullying Theme — 3/31
    Lincoln City Libraries is partnering with an Omaha theater group to share an anti-bullying message for April's preschool storytime program. RESPECT is an educational theater group created to decrease bullying and to empower kids and adults who may be on the sidelines to take action and help a person targeted for bullying.
  • Public Invited to Play Musical Glasses at Polley Music Library — 3/27
    Residents can learn how to play musical glasses from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the Polley Music Library on the second floor of Bennett Martin Library, 136 S. 14th St. Participants can drop by any time during the two-hour event to play and explore the science behind making music with a glass, water and your finger.
  • No-Interest Loan Program Improves Homes and Neighborhoods — 3/26
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City's Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) is another tool to strengthen neighborhoods across Lincoln. Through HILP, zero-interest loans are available to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners for up to $15,000, and the monthly loan payments can be extended for as long as ten years.
  • Read to a Dog Program Starts This Week — 3/25
    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, once a week for four weeks. The spring session begins this week and will conclude Saturday, May 2.
  • Public Invited to Antelope Park Triangle Open House — 3/25
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday March 31 to review and discuss a proposed land use plan for the Antelope Park Triangle, bounded by "A" Street, 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. The Lincoln Children's Zoo, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department are hosting the open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office, 2740 "A" Street.
  • Part of West Van Dorn to Close for Rehabilitation — 3/20
    Beginning Monday, March 23, West Van Dorn will close from S.W. 12th to S. Folsom streets for about three weeks for rehabilitation. The detour route is Coddington and Highway 77.
  • Separation of Yard Waste Begins Last Week in March — 3/20
    Beginning Wednesday, 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.
  • Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards — 3/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2015 Mayor's Arts Awards, which will be presented the evening of Wednesday, June 10 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The awards formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
  • Libraries to Feature Dr. Seuss Performances — 3/19

    Actors Tim Marrone and Matthew Pauli will give two free performances of "What Was I Scared Of?" by Dr. Seuss at Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) next week. Performances are scheduled for:

    • Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m., at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
    • Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m., at Bennett Martin Library, 136 S. 14th Street
  • Civil Rights Conference Set for April — 3/19

    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is hosting its annual Civil Rights Conference Wednesday, April 29 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 141 N. 9th Street. The registration deadline is April 17, and more information is available at humanrights.lincoln.ne.gov.

  • Volunteers Needed for Great American Cleanup — 3/18
    Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) is seeking volunteers of all ages to participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup from March through May is the nation's largest community improvement program with about four million volunteers participating in more than 20,000 communities across the country.
  • Public Invited to "My Town, Lancaster County" Events — 3/17
    The public is invited to two events in connection with the My Town, Lancaster County community workshop March 19 through 21 in Lincoln.
  • Construction on Downtown Protected Bikeway to Begin This Week — 3/16
    Construction will begin this week on the City's "N" Street protected bikeway. The project includes the installation of a new two-way bikeway on the south side of "N" Street from Pinnacle Bank Arena Drive to 23rd Street. The project is scheduled to be completed by November 1.
  • Tree Removal Part of Van Dorn Widening Project — 3/12
    To prepare for a widening and resurfacing project on Van Dorn Street, several trees will be removed the week of March 16 on the north side of the street from 33rd to 37th street. This section of Van Dorn will be closed periodically from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the tree removal.
  • $10 Million From Antelope Valley Must Be Used for Streets — 3/11
    Mayor Chris Beutler today addressed two public misconceptions about the additional $10 million the City will invest in street construction and repair. First, he said, it would be inappropriate to use funding originally intended for streets for another purpose. Secondly, the funds are not "found" money, but are the result of the final accounting of costs among federal, state and local partners on the closed transportation elements of the Antelope Valley Project.
  • Fourth Open House Set for N.W. 48th Street Project — 3/10
    The public is invited to attend the fourth open house for the N.W. 48th Street widening project from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street. The two-lane street will be widened to a four-lane divided road between West Holdrege Street and West Adams Street. South of West Holdrege Street, the roadway has been designed as a six-lane road to match the Nebraska Department of Roads' interchange project, although only five lanes of N.W. 48th Street will be built first.
  • Parks and Rec Seeks Input on Dog Parks — 3/10

    Over the next month, the public is encouraged to take a brief survey on the existing dog runs through "Open Lincoln" at lincoln.mindmixer.com. The survey can also be accessed at parks.lincoln.ne.gov, and paper copies are available at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" Street, Lincoln, NE 68502.

  • Lincoln High Art Featured at Library — 3/5
    As part of Youth Art Month, the public is invited to view a free exhibit featuring art work created by students from Lincoln High School. The exhibit is on display through March 30 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. It includes paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and pottery.
  • Voters Urged to Learn More About Public Safety Ballot Issue — 3/5

    City public safety officials are encouraging the public to educate themselves about replacement of the City's 911 emergency radio system and the implementation of a fire station relocation plan before going to the polls April 7. Voters will decide whether to increase the City sales tax a quarter-cent for three years to fund the improvements. Information about the issues is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: public safety).

  • Mayor Announces Increase in Street Construction Over Next Two Years — 3/3
    Chris Beutler today announced a four-part comprehensive, pro-active strategy that will increase the pace and scale of street construction in the City over the next two years. The plan includes $10 million in new funding for street rehabilitation and repair; the use of new technology to improve pothole repairs; reconstruction and widening of arterials; and an increase in residential street repair.
  • Story on Lincoln's Economy to Air Monday on National Public Radio — 3/1

    A story on Lincoln's strong economy is scheduled to air on the National Public Radio (NPR) show "Morning Edition" at about 5:20 and 7:20 a.m. Monday, March 2. The program can be heard in Lincoln on NET Radio 91.1 FM. Programs are also streamed live at netnebraska.org/radio and through the NET Radio app for smart phones. The air date and time could be changed to accommodate breaking news.

February

  • Lincoln Ready for State Tournament Visitors — 2/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said those attending the state high school basketball championships will see first-hand the continued development of the West Haymarket and other new improvements across the City. The girls tournament is March 5 through 7, and the boys tournament is March 12 through 14. For the second year, some preliminary games and all championship games will be played at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers to Perform at 2015 Uncle Sam Jam — 2/27
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, rising stars on the regional and national music scene, will perform at Uncle Sam Jam 2015, the City's official Independence Day celebration. The event will be held Friday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. The Zambelli Fireworks display is set to begin at 10 p.m. and will be choreographed to a recorded musical soundtrack.
  • LinGro Compost Available for Sale — 2/26
    City Solid Waste Operations officials today announced that LinGro compost is now available.
  • Tree Removal to Close Westbound Lanes of Capitol Parkway — 2/24
    Both westbound lanes of Capitol Parkway from 27th to Randolph streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 for tree removal operations. The detour route is north on 27th Street and west on Randolph.
  • Roper Park Stream Stability Project Starts This Week — 2/24

    Work will begin this week to stabilize portions of the eroding stream banks along Lynn Creek in Roper Park southwest of Superior Street and I-180. The work will occur in two phases:

    • Work from Superior Street to the parking area at 3rd and Fairfield streets is scheduled to start this week and finish this summer.
    • Work from the parking area at 3rd and Fairfield streets to I-180 is tentatively scheduled to start in fall 2016 and finish in spring 2017.
  • Tree Removal Part of Billy Wolff Trail Renovation — 2/23
    Beginning Wednesday, February 25, the Parks and Recreation Department will remove 25 trees on Capitol Parkway to prepare for the renovation of the Billy Wolff Trail this spring. The trees are on the north side of Capitol Parkway from Randolph to 27th streets. The 29 new trees planted along the trail last year will not be affected, and additional trees will be planted when construction is complete.
  • Fans to "Experience a Green Arena" at Upcoming Husker Games — 2/20
    Fans attending Saturday's Nebraska men's basketball game against Iowa and Tuesday's women's basketball game against Minnesota will be a part of a special "Experience a Green Arena" promotion at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Mom's Night Out at the Library to Feature Art Journaling — 2/20
    Lincoln City Libraries' next "Mom's Night Out" event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 27 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. Beginning at 7 p.m., participants are invited to try Art Journaling, the process of creatively arranging color, words and images on a page. No experience is necessary. Craft supplies will be provided, but attendees are invited to bring their own creative materials and experiment.
  • Still Time to Nominate a Book for One Book - One Lincoln — 2/20

    You have just a few more days to nominate a book to be considered for the 2015 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, February 23. Books can be nominated online at lincolnlibraries.org or by filling out nomination form at any Lincoln City Libraries location.

  • Refinancing Bonds Saves Millions for Taxpayers — 2/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said historically low interest rates and the City's high bond ratings are leading to millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since 2011, the City has saved $17.5 million by refinancing bonds. At its meeting Monday, the City Council will consider two more bond issues for savings of an additional $1.7 million.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for February 27 — 2/18
    Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals and participate in the first Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) household hazardous waste collection event of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, February 27. The event is by appointment only.
  • Two Lanes Closed on South Street From 27th Street to 29th Street — 2/17

    A water main break caused by a contractor has forced the closure of both westbound lanes on South Street from 27th Street to 29th Street. Traffic will be maintained in both directions using the two south lanes.

    The repair work is expected to keep the lanes closed for two or three days.

  • Pothole Surge Winds Down — 2/13
    Public Works and Utilities officials today said crews expect to complete major pothole repair today. On Thursday, another 2,878 potholes were repaired for a four-day total of 11,559. They used about 166 tons of material. About 60 workers have been repairing potholes this week, but that number will return to the normal staffing levels of 15 to 20 on Monday. Crews have been working 10-hour days since Monday when Mayor Beutler directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair and issued an emergency declaration, allowing mandatory overtime.
  • Pothole Total Reaches 8,681 — 2/11
    City pothole repair crews filled another 3,258 potholes Wednesday for a three-day total of 8,681. Crews have been working 10-hour days since Monday when Mayor Beutler directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair and issued an emergency declaration. The Public Works and Utilities Department deployed 58 workers today. Over the three-day pothole surge, crews have used about 131 tons of material. Crews will begin another 10-hour day at 7 a.m. Thursday.
  • Ames Reading Series to Feature Local Broadcasters — 2/11
    Leta Powell Drake and Ron Hull will be the featured readers for the 210th program in the John H. Ames Reading Series Sunday, February 15. The program, sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, begins at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, third floor of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Pothole Crews Fill 5,423 Potholes in Two Days — 2/10

    Mayor Chris Beutler said City pothole repair crews filled another 3,681 potholes across the City today, for a total of 5,423 since Monday morning.

    The Mayor directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair this week, and his emergency declaration Monday allows for mandatory overtime. The Public Works and Utilities Department deployed 50 workers Monday and 58 workers today, and crews worked 10-hour shifts both days. They used about 85 tons of material over the two days. Crews will begin another 10-hour day at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

  • City Deploys Additional Crews for Second Pothole Repair Surge — 2/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler has directed the Public Works and Utilities Department to shift resources to increase pothole repair in the City. About 50 City employees are repairing potholes today, more than double the 15 to 20 employees normally assigned to repair. Public Works and Utilities officials say repairs will take two to three days, with crews working 10-hour shifts. This is the City's second pothole surge this winter. The first at the end of December resulted in the repair of more than 2,000 potholes.
  • Mayor to Present January Award of Excellence — 2/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Fire Equipment Mechanic Robert Poe, a 15-year veteran of the Logistics Division in Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Parking Bans End at 5 p.m. Today — 2/6
    The residential parking ban, snow emergency parking ban and snow removal district parking ban will all expire at 5 p.m. today. Until then, parking continues to be banned on the odd sides of residential streets as crews continue to plow in those areas this afternoon.
  • Abraham Lincoln Celebration to Feature New Play Direct From Springfield Museum — 2/5
    Lincoln will be the first city outside of Springfield, Illinois to present a new play produced in honor of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's death. "The Last Full Measure," which opened in November at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, will be the featured event at the City's 15th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Sunday, February 22 at Southwest High School, 7001 South 14th Street.
  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 2/2
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to Investigator David Wiggins, Jr. with the Technical Investigations Unit of the Police Department. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.

January

  • Technology Help Available at Libraries — 1/30
    Those who need help with basic computer skills are encouraged to participate in a new technology assistance program at Lincoln City Libraries (LCL). "Tuesday Tech Time" will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bennett Martin Library beginning February 10.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Celebrate African-American History Month — 1/30
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate African-American History Month, also known as Black History Month, throughout the month of February. LCL is working with the Lincoln Public Schools and the Malone Community Center to recognize the significant role of African-Americans in our nation's history.
  • Public Invited to Learn About Re-Use of Landfill Property — 1/28
    The public is invited to a community meeting Tuesday, February 3 to learn about the City's proposed plan to re-use portions of the North 48th St. Landfill facility property. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center, 3140 Sumner St. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mom's Night Out at the Library to Feature Zumba — 1/26
    Lincoln City Libraries' next "Mom's Night Out" event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 30 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. The event will feature an hour-long Zumba class lead by Jessica Dinger, beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Library's Storytime to Highlight Dental Health — 1/26
    Lincoln City Libraries is partnering with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and Ameritas to focus on dental health for February's preschool storytime program. Staff from LLCHD Dental Health and Nutrition Services and Ameritas will attend storytime to provide information about dental care.
  • Nominations Sought for 2015 One Book - One Lincoln — 1/26
    The public is invited to help kick off the 14th 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.
  • City Independence Day Celebration Set for July 3 — 1/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration and fireworks show will be held Friday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, July 4.
  • Old Cheney Open to Traffic Today — 1/23
    Old Cheney Road from 70th to 82nd streets will reopen about 1 p.m. today. The major improvement project upgraded the two-lane rural street to a four-lane urban street with turn lanes, curbs and gutters.
  • Nominations Sought for 2015 Gerald Henderson Award — 1/23
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the annual Civil Rights Conference Wednesday, April 29 at the Holiday Inn Downtown.
  • Measles Case Identified in Lancaster County — 1/22
    Officials with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today said one case of measles (Rubeola) has been identified in Lancaster County. Officials say the local case is a pre-school aged child who had received an initial measles immunization several years earlier. While the child is no longer contagious, the source of the exposure is still being investigated. No schools or child cares are connected to this case, and it does not appear to be connected to the recent case in the Omaha-Blair area.
  • Public Asked to Help Find Stolen Truck — 1/22

    A large City utility truck was stolen about noon today from Lincoln Water System (LWS), 2021 N. 27th St. (27th and Fair streets). The vehicle is a white Ford F550 with LWS markings. A crane and other equipment are mounted on the front bumper. The license plate number is 30282, and the truck is marked on the hood as vehicle #122031.

    Anyone who sees the vehicle or who has information on its location is asked to contact the Lincoln Police Department's non-emergency number at 402-441-6000.

  • Public Invited to Nature Center's Sandhill Crane Viewing Tour — 1/14
    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 19 at the Wild Bird Habitat Store, 56th and Highway 2, and returns at 11 p.m. to the same location.
  • NWU Sports Network to Televise Basketball Doubleheaders — 1/13
    The NWU Sports Network (formerly 21 SPORTS) will televise three Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) Prairie Wolves basketball doubleheaders in January and February on a tape-delayed basis.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer — 1/13
    The public is invited to attend the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.. The fun and educational family event is sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, the Wild Bird Habitat Stores, Wachiska Audubon and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
  • Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Decrease in 2014 — 1/13
    The percentage of businesses that sold tobacco to minors during compliance checks decreased from 12.6 percent in 2013 to 7.9 percent in 2014. The compliance checks are conducted by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) using youth volunteers. Of the 302 attempts by minors to purchase tobacco products, 24 resulted in a sale.
  • Mayor to Present November Award of Excellence — 1/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Carrie Kimbrough, a Library Service Associate at Lincoln City Libraries. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Portion of "N" Street to Close for Joint City-LES Project — 1/9
    "N" Street from 20th to 21st streets will close Monday, January 12 for work on a joint City of Lincoln - Lincoln Electric System (LES) project. The LES portion of the project is the construction of a duct bank for electrical service lines from the new LES substation at 21st and "N" streets.
  • Musician Andy Strain to Perform at Libraries — 1/9
    California musician Andy Strain, a former member of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO), will give two free performances of "The Bremen Town Musicians" at Lincoln City Libraries next week.
  • Tree Recycling Collection Ends Sunday — 1/9
    The City of Lincoln's annual tree recycling program will end Sunday, January 11. The trees will then be ground into wood chips, and the wood chip mulch will be available at no charge to Lincoln residents beginning Monday, January 19 at Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 South Folsom Court, during normal business hours. The mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • VITA Program Offers Free Tax Assistance — 1/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that community funders have contributed more than $37,000 so far to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in the Lincoln area. The program provides free tax preparation services to qualified low- to moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Damaged Water Line Results in Brief Localized Pressure Loss — 1/8
    p>Lincoln Water System (LWS) officials report that a contractor hit a private water service line today on S.W. 40th south of "O" Street, causing the City's water system to briefly lose pressure in two areas south of West "A" Street:

    • The area bounded by Coddington, S.W. 36th Street, West "A" Street and West Van Dorn
    • An area on South Folsom between West Calvert and West Pioneers
  • City Seeks Input on Proposed Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — 1/7
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is seeking public input on how a permanent hazardous waste collection and disposal facility would be used by households and small businesses.
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena is First Arena in Nation to Offer Mamava Lactation Suite — 1/6
    Mayor Chris Beutler today helped cut the ribbon on the Bryan Health Nursing Nook for breastfeeding mothers and their babies at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The free-standing kiosk produced by Mamava of Vermont is the first in the nation to be placed in a public arena. It is sponsored by Bryan Health and the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA).
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations — 1/2
    The deadline for nominations for the 37th annual Mayor's Arts Awards has been extended to Monday, January 12. The awards will be presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Lied Center. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
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