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2011 News Releases

News Releases from the County

December

  • Offices Closed for the Christmas and New Year's — 12/20

    Lancaster County offices will be closed in observance of Christmas on Monday, December 26, 2011, and in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, January 2, 2012.

  • Commissioner's Award of Excellence — 12/15

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners presented its September, 2011 Commissioners Award of Excellence to Diane Ness Kirchhoff in the categories of Productivity and Customer Relations. Diane works as a Mental Health Program Manager at the Community Mental Health Center. She began working for the County on June 21, 1984, and was nominated for this award by Travis Parker.

  • Keno Prevention Fund Applications Due, Dec. 30, 2011 — 12/5

    The Keno Human Services Prevention Fund is designed to help fund programs for children and families to help prevent crisis situations through early intervention. This Round (35), approximately $40,000 will be available to selected nonprofit agencies meeting the funding guidelines. Application and Guidelines can be found online at: http://lancaster.ne.gov/hserv/index.htm, right side column under, "Keno Human Services Prevention - Fund Guidelines". Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., December 30, 2011, at Lancaster County Human Services, 555 South 10th Street, Suite 107, Lincoln, NE 68508.

November

  • First Deadline for 2012 Elections is Approaching — 11/29

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively today reminded potential candidates that the first deadline for the 2012 election cycle is rapidly approaching. Potential candidates have until the close of business on Friday, December 2, 2011, to change their political party affiliation if they intend to seek the nomination of a political party different from which they are currently registered.

  • County Offices Closed November 24 and 25 — 11/22

    In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, 2011.

  • CMHC Town Hall Meeting Open To The Public — 11/18

    Monday evening, 7:00-8:30pm at Auld Recreation Center, there will be an open town hall meeting, sponsored by the Community Mental Health Center Task Force, to discuss concerns, issues and ideas regarding the provision of community mental health services in Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE. This open meeting follows a series of smaller discussions that have occurred with parents/family members, staff of CMHC, consumers, as well as other service providers in the community. Any and all are invited to attend. Those who have not participated in any smaller group discussions are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts as well.

  • Cornhusker Boys' and Girls' County Government Day — 11/10

    On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 area high schools will be participating in County Government Day at the County-City Building and Hall of Justice in Lincoln. This event, which is co-sponsored by the American Legion and Lancaster County, provides students with an overview of county government and the justice system. Included is a tour of various courtrooms and the emergency operations center, as well as individual county offices.

  • County Offices Closed November 11 — 11/10

    In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, Lancaster County offices will be closed Friday, November 11, 2011.

  • Quick Cash Program — 11/9

    The morning of November l0, 2011, State Senators have been invited by Senator Amanda McGill to receive information on LB 553, requiring transparency and accountability with the Payday Lending industry. LB 553 is currently an active bill in the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee. In addition, Senators will be told about the new Quick Cash Program now available through most credit unions in Lincoln, NE and other places across the State. To date, only 3 weeks after announcing the program, 51 small Quick Cash loans have been given out!

  • Proposed Modifications in Base Flood Elevations for Little Salt Creek — 11/4

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent a letter to Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln regarding proposed modifications to the base flood elevations for the Little Salt Creek floodplain, located in the north central portion of Lancaster County. The Base Flood Elevation (BFE) Notice of Studies will be published in the Lincoln Journal Star on or about November 6, 2011 and November 13, 2011. From the second date of publication there is a 90 day appeal period for any owner or lessee of real property who believe that they are adversely affected by the base flood elevation determinations and have knowledge or information that the proposed base flood elevations are scientifically or technically incorrect. Any appeals should be made to Ben Higgins, Public Works, 555 S. 10th Street, Suite 203, Lincoln, NE 68508 and per FEMA's guidance the City will forward to FEMA with a city written opinion. All information to FEMA must be received within the 90 day appeal period. More information (including the October 31, 2011 letter from FEMA as well as flood maps) can be found by going to the County Commissioners's website at lancaster.ne.gov/commiss/, and click on Preliminary Flood Maps.

October

  • CMHC Survey — 10/17

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners is inviting public input in how to best provide mental health services in this community. They would like to hear from consumers, family members, staff, and advocacy groups. Listening tours, focus groups and an open Town Hall Meeting have been scheduled. Facilitators are being provided by Leadership Lincoln. Call in opportunities and computer on-line surveys are also provided.

  • Public Hearing on LPlan2040 Set for Tuesday — 10/14

    The City Council and Lancaster County Board will have a special joint public hearing Tuesday, October 18 on LPlan2040, the 10-year update to the Comprehensive Plan. The hearing begins at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St. and will be aired on 5 CITY-TV, the government access channel on Time Warner Cable channel 5.

  • County Treasurer Going Green — 10/12
    County Treasurer Andy Stebbing, in conjunction with the Nebraska Forest Service, is planting fifty trees at the West O Street and Sun Valley driver’s License Facility by October 31st.

September

  • Family Day - A Day To Eat Dinner With Your Children™ — 9/20

    Lancaster County is joining forces with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to celebrate Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ on September 26, 2011.

  • Unofficial Results for Road Improvement District Elections — 9/14

    Lincoln -- Here are the unofficial results for the Lancaster County Road Improvement District Elections which were conducted by mail on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. They can be review at the Election Commissioner's website at: www.lancaster.ne.gov/election/results/resul11s.htm

  • Moment of Remembrance on September 11, 2011 at Noon — 9/8

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a day that changed America forever. To commemorate this occasion and pay tribute to those whose lives were lost, Senator Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey) introduced Senate Resolution 237, establishing a national Moment of Remembrance at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011. This resolution was unanimously passed with co-sponsorship of all 100 United States Senators.

  • Election Commissioner and Chief Deputy to be Sworn in September 6th — 9/2

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively and Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Maura Kelly Tolzin will be officially sworn in for new four year terms on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. during the Lancaster County Board of Commissioner's Meeting.

  • Open House for Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Study — 9/1

    The public is invited to an open house on the revised Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Study for Lancaster County and incorporated communities. The open house is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 7 at the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District office, 3125 Portia St., with a presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m.

August

  • County Offices Closed September 5 — 8/31

    In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Lancaster County offices will be closed Monday, September 5, 2011.

  • Voter Registration Deadline is Friday, Sept 2nd — 8/29

    Lincoln — Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively today reminded voters that the last day to register to vote for the September 13th Daniel Freeman School Bond and the Lancaster County Road Improvement District Elections is Friday, September 2, 2011. However, voters must register to vote in person. The date to have a mail-in voter registration form postmarked was Friday, August 26th. Shively indicated that any Lancaster County resident may register to vote in person .

  • Commissioner's Award of Excellence — 8/23

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners presented its July, 2011 Commissioners Award of Excellence to Alan Fulton, in the categories of Productivity and Customer Relations. Alan is a Nursing Supervisor in the Crisis Center at the Lancaster Community Mental Health Center. He began working for Lancaster County in May, 2006, and was nominated for this award by Kyle Mosher.

  • Road Improvement District Elections To Be Conducted Through the Mail — 8/22

    Lincoln – Lancaster County Election Commissioner will conduct an election for eight road improvement districts on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The election will be for members of the districts’ Boards of Trustees and will be conducted entirely by mail.

  • DMV Facility has Added Vehicle Registration Renewals — 8/22

    Andy Stebbing, Lancaster County Treasurer announced the office located at 555 West O Street is now able to complete vehicle registration renewals, including disbursement of new license plates. This does not include vehicle title work of any type, or specialty plates. Sheriff's Office vehicle inspections will continue to be completed at the 46th and R Street Facility.

  • Preliminary Flood Maps — 8/19

    The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has produced the FIRM and FIS report in Countywide Format, showing the flood hazard information for the entire geographic area of the county, including both incorporated and unincorporated areas. The review period provides your community with an opportunity to identify changes or corrections to non-technical information presented on the FIRM or in the FIS report, such as corporate limits, road names (within or adjacent to the SFHAs), bridges, and stream labels.

  • Keno Prevention Fund Applications Due, Aug. 19, 2011 — 8/2

    The Keno Human Services Prevention Fund is designed to help fund programs for children and families to help prevent crisis situations through early intervention. This Round (34), approximately $44,500 will be available to selected nonprofit agencies meeting the funding guidelines. Application and Guidelines can be found online at: http://lancaster.ne.gov/hserv/index.htm, left side column under "What's Up", right side column under, "Keno Human Services Prevention - Fund Guidelines & Application". Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., August 19, 2011, at Lancaster County Human Services, 555 South 10th Street, Suite 107, Lincoln, NE 68508.

July

  • Proposed Budget For Fiscal Year 2011-12 — 7/29

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners today released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. The Board will hold a Public Hearing on the budget on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 7 PM. The Public Hearing will be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room, Room 112, on the first floor of the County/City Building located at 555 S. 10th Street in Lincoln. The Board will formally adopt the budget on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM in a meeting to be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room.

  • Lancaster County to Launch New Prescription Drug Savings Program — 7/27

    July 27, 2011 - Lincoln, NE - On July 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM Lancaster County Board of County Commissioners and Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., (FMC) will hold a press conference to launch a new prescription drug discount program in Room 303 of the County-City Building, 555 South 10th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508.

June

  • Lancaster County Offices Closed July 4 — 6/29

    In observance of the 4th of July holiday, Lancaster County offices will be closed Monday, July 4th, 2011.

  • CIR Decision for Lancaster County and Fraternal Order of Police — 6/28

    The Commission on Industrial Relations has released their decision in the case between Lancaster County and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #32.

  • Commissioner’s Award of Excellence — 6/21

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners presented its May, 2011 Commissioners Award of Excellence to Todd Tuit, in the category of Valor. Todd works as a Heavy Truck Operator in the County Engineering Department, beginning his work for Lancaster County in July, 2010. He was nominated for this award by Scott Gagner.

  • Property Valuation Protest Deadline Nears — 6/20

    Property owners wanting to protest the valuation used to determine their property tax have until June 30th to do so. Lancaster County Clerk Dan Nolte explained that valuation protests related to Lancaster County properties can be filed online at www.lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: protest), by mail or in person. The Lancaster County Clerk's Office is located at 555 S. 10th Street, Room 108, Lincoln, NE 68508. Property valuation protests for properties located outside of Lancaster County must be filed with the respective County Clerk.

May

  • County Offices Closed May 30, 2011 — 5/26

    In observance of Memorial Day Lancaster County offices will be closed Monday, May 30, 2011.

  • Adult Drug Court Announces Graduation Ceremony and Celebration of 10th Year — 5/20

    The Lancaster County Adult Drug Court is pleased to announce a graduation ceremony for 10 participants, marking their successful completion of an intensive eighteen month program consisting of comprehensive drug treatment, supervision, judicial oversight and personal accountability. This ceremony will also include the 200th graduate from the Adult Drug Court and mark the 10th year anniversary of the program, which began in June, 2001. Joe Kelly, Lancaster County Attorney, will be the keynote speaker.

  • Community Mental Health Center Is Not Closing — 5/13

    In response to the media attention on Thursday, May 12, and the many phone calls today from our clients, the Community Mental Health Center is not closed nor will it close in the foreseeable future.

  • Adult Drug Court Celebrates 10th Year — 5/3

    Lancaster County Adult Drug Court announces it has completed 10 years of operation. The Adult Drug Court was implemented in June, 2001 to divert non-violent, substance-abusing felony offenders into a comprehensive, judicially supervised program of treatment, frequent and observed drug testing and intensive supervision. As of April 1, 2011, the Adult Drug Court has screened 1103 possible participants, accepted 511, and graduated 192 participants.

April

  • Road Construction Will Not Hinder Voters — 4/29

    Lincoln — Road construction on Holdrege Street and Pioneers Boulevard will not hinder voters ability to access polling locations located at Capitol City Christian Church and South Gate United Methodist Church for the Lincoln City General Election on Tuesday, May 3rd.

  • Election Commissioner's Office to be Open Additional Hours — 4/25

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively announced today that the Lancaster County Election Commissioner's Office will be open additional hours for early/absentee voting for the May 3rd Lincoln City General Election.

  • Voter Registration Deadline is Friday, April 22nd for Lincoln General Election — 4/20

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively today reminded voters that the last day to register to vote for the May 3rd Lincoln City General Election is Friday, April 22nd. However, voters must register to vote in person. The date to have a mail-in voter registration form postmarked was Friday, April 15th. Shively indicated that any Lancaster County resident may register to vote in person at the following times and locations.

  • Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline is Fri., April 15th — 4/13

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively is reminding voters that the deadline for mail-in voter registration is Friday, April 15th in order for the registration to be effective for the May 3rd Lincoln City General Election. Anyone registering to vote for the first time or voters who have moved or changed their name, must have the mail-in registration form postmarked no later than Friday, April 15th. In addition, Friday, April 15th is also the deadline to register to vote when applying for a driver's license or at any government agency.

  • County Treasurer Changing Vehicle Registration Renewal Notices — 4/12

    County Treasurer Andy Stebbing plans to increase the confidentiality of registration renewal notices to vehicle owners in Lancaster County as soon as July of 2011. The current postcard notices will be replaced by statements mailed in sealed envelopes with a return envelope included for added convenience.

  • Voter Registration Sites for April 9th - April 15th — 4/7

    LINCOLN -- The Lancaster County Election Commissioner will conduct voter registration at several sites from Saturday, April 9th through Friday, April 15th. Any Nebraska resident who will be 18 on or before November 8, 2011, has moved, changed his or her name, or would like to change their political party affiliation, may register to vote.

  • Commissioners Recognize National County Government Month — 4/1

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, along with the National Association of County Officials, recognizes April as National County Government Month. National County Government Month is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. The theme for this year is "Serving our Veterans, Armed Forces and their Families".

March

  • Election Commissioner's Office to be Open Additional Hours — 3/30

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively announced today that the Lancaster County Election Commissioner's Office will be open additional hours for early/absentee voting for the April 5th City Primary Election.

  • Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline is Friday, March 18th — 3/14

    LINCOLN -- The Lancaster County Election Commissioner is reminding voters that the deadline for mail-in voter registration applications is Friday, March 18th in order for the registration to be effective for the April 5th City Primary Election. Anyone registering to vote for the first time or voters who have moved, changed their name, or want to change their political party affiliation must have the mail-in registration form postmarked no later than Friday, March 18th. In addition, Friday, March 18th is also the deadline to register to vote when applying for a driver's license or at any government agency.

  • Voter Registration Sites for March 12th and 13th — 3/11

    LINCOLN - The Lancaster County Election Commissioner will conduct voter registration at two sites on Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th. Any Nebraska resident who will be 18 on or before November 8, 2011, has moved, changed his or her name, or would like to change their political party affiliation, may register to vote.

  • Commissioner’s Award of Excellence — 3/9

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners presented the 2010 Annual Commissioners Award of Excellence to Elden Forsgren, an Equipment Operator for the Lancaster County Engineering Department. This award recognizes employees who consistently provide outstanding service and work that demonstrates exemplary personal commitment to Lancaster County. As the 2010 Annual Commissioners Award of Excellence recipient Elden was awarded a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

  • County Treasurer Accepting Debit, Credit Cards and E-Checks — 3/4

    Effective immediately the Lancaster County Treasurer's Office will accept credit and debit cards as well as E-Checks for property taxes. The card holder will be assessed a 2.5% fee on credit and debit cards and a flat fee of $3.00 for E-Checks.

February

  • Election Commissioner Reminds Potential Candidates of Filing Deadlines — 2/25

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively reminded potential candidates that filing deadlines for the April 5th Lincoln City Primary Election are quickly approaching. Shively also reminded potential candidates that filing deadlines are different for the Lincoln Board of Education than they are for Lincoln Mayor, Lincoln City Council and Lincoln Airport Authority.

  • Commissioners Cancel Meetings Scheduled For March 1 And 3, 2011 — 2/24

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners will not hold their regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 3, 2011.

  • County Offices Closed February 21, 2011 — 2/14

    In observance of President's Day Lancaster County offices will be closed Monday, February 21, 2011.

  • Election Commissioner Reminds Potential Candidates of Filing Deadlines — 2/8

    Lincoln — Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively announced today that filing deadlines for the April 5th Lincoln City Primary Election are quickly approaching. Shively also reminded potential candidates that filing deadlines are different for the Lincoln Board of Education than they are for Lincoln Mayor, Lincoln City Council and Lincoln Airport Authority.

  • New DMV Drive-up Window Hours — 2/7

    Beginning March, 1, 2011, the license plate and registration facility located at 625 N. 46th Street will open the drive-up license plate renewal window at 7:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. The walk in counter window hours will remain the same which is 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Public Hearing Regarding Lancaster Manor Sale Proceeds — 2/3

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing at 5:00 PM February 15, 2011, for the purpose of receiving public comment regarding the use of the proceeds from the sale of Lancaster Manor. Proceeds from the sale equal approximately $2.6 million. The Public Hearing will be held as part of the Board=s regular agenda. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM and will be held in the County Board/City Council Chamber, Room 112, located at 555 S. 10 Street in Lincoln.

January

  • Lancaster County Supports NE DoA in Declaring Knotweed Noxious — 1/19

    Brent Meyer, Superintendent, Lancaster County Weed Control Authority, announces that the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, acting as the County Weed Control Authority, approved his recommendation to support the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in its efforts to make Japanese Knotweed and all its hybrids and cultivars noxious in Nebraska.

  • County Offices Closed January 17, 2011 — 1/14

    In observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Lancaster County offices will be closed Monday, January 17, 2011.

  • Firth Election Unofficial Results — 1/12

    Total Number of People Voting = 156
    Total Number Registered = 337
    Percent Turnout = 46.3%

  • Elected Officials Oath of Office Ceremony — 1/5

    A ceremonial administration of the Oath of Office for Lancaster County officials elected on November 2, 2010 will be performed on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM in the County Board/City Council Chambers, located at the County/City Building, 555 S. 10 Street, in Lincoln.

  • Firth Voters Need to Return Ballots by Tue., Jan. 11th — 1/3

    Lincoln - Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively is reminding voters in the Village of Firth who have not yet returned their ballots for the January 11th all-mail special election that the ballots must be received in his office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

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