Archive for the ‘Lincoln Press Release’ Category

NATURE CENTER HOSTS JUNE EVENTS

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the following events in June:

Nature’s Treasure Treks, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 8, 15, 22 and 29

Trekkers will use clues to search for nature’s treasures at each week’s themed hike.  This program is for young children and their families.  Register the Wednesday before each trek. The fee is $3 per person per trek.

 Composting Workshop, 10 to 11 a.m. June 16Extension Master Gardeners will demonstrate how to maintain three types of composting bins.  The event is sponsored by Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County and the City Recycling Office. This program is free, and registration is not required.

Rain Barrel Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. June 16 Participants will build rain barrels to take home and learn the basics of rainwater harvesting.  Rain barrels must be transported from the park on the day of the workshop. The workshop is designed for adults, and children must be accompanied by an adult.  This workshop is partially funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and hosted by the City Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The registration deadline is June 8, and the fee is $35 per person (rain barrels are valued at $110).

 Frogs and Floats, 1 to 3 p.m. June 17, Frogs and Floats Spend the afternoon celebrating dads with frog catching, tadpole chasing, wetlands exploration and root beer floats.  Old shoes and clothes are encouraged.  Insect repellent is also recommended. The registration deadline is June 13, and the fee is $20 per family.

For more information or to register for programs and other activities, contact the Nature Center at 402-441-7895 or visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov and select the “register online” button.

Elevated Roundabout in Lincoln NE

Engineers have tweaked the design for a planned elevated roundabout at the southwestern Lincoln bottleneck of 14th Street, Old Cheney Road and Warlick Boulevard, providing drivers a better view of approaching traffic, beautifying the concrete walls and adding an underpass for cyclists and pedestrians on the Rock Island Trail.
Full story – http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elevated-roundabout-design-for-th-old-cheney-gets-final-public/article_1de51613-002b-51e7-ba08-d85ebaffc3eb.html

Lincoln – free electric fans to seniors 2018

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FANS FOR SENIORS
Aging Partners reminds the public that it provides free electric fans to seniors age 60 and older in Lincoln and the surrounding area.  To obtain a fan, call Aging Partners at 402-441-3025. The fans are available through the generous donations of individuals and organizations.
More information on Aging Partners is available at 402-441-7070 or www.aging.lincoln.ne.gov.

Lincoln – New Recycling Locs for Cardboard

CITY INSTALLING ADDITIONAL CARDBOARD RECYCLING CONTAINERS AT LIBRARIES

Public cardboard drop-off sites increased to 32  

This week, the City is installing cardboard-only recycling containers in the parking lots of four City libraries.  As of April 1, clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill.  The library sites will be maintained for three to six months while the City evaluates residents’ recycling needs.  Cardboard-only recycling containers are available at these locations:

  • Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
  • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

The new locations are for cardboard recycling only.  Other recyclables must be taken to full service recycling sites.  The City has also doubled the cardboard capacity at all 28 full-service public recycling drop-off sites.  Residents may also subscribe to a curbside recycling service provided by a garbage or recycling collector.

Because public drop-off sites are sized to accommodate household recycling only, businesses should subscribe to a recycling service or deliver cardboard directly to a recycling processor.

As residents prepare for the change, City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon said that in the first two months of 2018 cardboard recycling has increased 22 percent compared to the same period in 2017.  “Word about the City’s cardboard diversion program is definitely getting out,” Hanlon said.  “We’ve been monitoring use of our recycling sites, and we are ready to meet the anticipated increase in cardboard recycling.”

The City is promoting cardboard recycling with the “Take it to the Bin” educational campaign that encourages residents to start or expand their recycling efforts.  For more information on the campaign and on recycling cardboard and other materials, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the City Recycling office at 402-441-8215.

Lincoln NE – APPLY FOR LANDSCAPE FUNDING

Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance for landscaping projects that focus on water quality.  The public can apply for the Rainscaping Lincoln–Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program until April 27 or until funding runs out.

PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES DEPARTMENT

Watershed Management, 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, NE  68508, 402-441-7548

PUBLIC INVITED TO APPLY FOR LANDSCAPE FUNDING

Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance for landscaping projects that focus on water quality.  The public can apply for the Rainscaping Lincoln–Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program until April 27 or until funding runs out.  The program is offered by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

The program offers homeowners up to $2,000 to reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses for a rain garden or bioswale, a waterwise lawn or pavement removal.  The program is designed to improve surface water quality in the region, reduce stormwater runoff into storm drains and facilitate filtration through the soil to break down pollutants.

Only property within City limits is eligible for the funds and applicants must own the property.  Applications must be reviewed and approved before projects begin.  Initial costs must be covered by the applicant.  Receipts for approved reimbursable items must be submitted following a final site evaluation scheduled by the applicant.

To apply for funding and find more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: landscape).  For questions about the program, contact Erin Kubicek, Watershed Management, at 402-441-4959 or ekubicek@lincoln.ne.gov.

Lincoln NE – Turn Lane Arrows – Traffic Signal Guide

Understanding the Signal for Your Turn Lane – The Arrows explained – Traffic Signal Guide –

Solid red arrow: STOP. No turns allowed. Do not enter the intersection to turn. Stop and wait until the signal changes.

Flashing yellow arrow: Yield, and turn when safe. Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the crosswalk; then turn. See back to learn more.

Solid yellow arrow: Prepare to stop. The signal will soon be red for turning traffic. If legally in the intersection, wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic to complete the turn.

Solid green arrow: Turns allowed and protected. Turning traffic has the right of way. Oncoming traffic and pedestrians are stopped.

—- City of Lincoln Department of Public Works and Utilities. For more information, visit . traffic.lincoln.ne.gov

Safer, More Efficient Turn Signals. The City of Lincoln is upgrading its traffic signals and timings to enhance safety and traffic flow on major streets. As a result, intersections are using different arrow signals for turning traffic. Understanding the Signal for Your Turn Lane At many major intersections across Lincoln, arrow signals are used for both left and right turns. Studies show that arrow signals provide clearer instruction and result in fewer crashes.

Flashing Yellow Arrow: Turning Left

City of Lincoln

Yield, Then Turn

When turning left on a flashing yellow arrow,

drivers must yield

to

oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the crosswalk before turning.

Oncoming traffic

always

has a green signal and the right-of-way.

Flashing yellow arrows replace the traditional green ball when

turning left. A national study showed flashing yellow left-turn

arrows are more understandable to drivers. Lincoln’s upgraded

signals give drivers more opportunities to turn left and traffic

engineers more options to keep traffic moving at different

times of the day.

When turning left, if you get a flashing yellow arrow, remember:

pposing traffic always has a green signal and the right-of-way.

2. Always watch the signal for your turn lane  . . . not the signals or traffic in other lanes.

3. Pay attention!

» The order of signals changes depending on time of day and traffic conditions.

» Green arrows can occur before or after oncoming traffic.

4. Some intersections do not have green arrows based on traffic needs.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Flashing yellow arrows… were approved for use by Federal Highway Administration in 2006 reduce left-turning crashes by up to 25% minimize travel delays by providing more turning opportunities. Green Light Lincoln uses new traffic signal equipment, smart technologies, and new timing plans to improve safety and traffic flow on major streets. Visit

traffic.lincoln.ne.gov

(keyword: FYA).

in Lincoln – BURNING LEAVES AND YARD WASTE IS ILLEGAL

State law requires that grass and leaves be separated from household trash from April 1 until December 1, and the City reminds residents that burning leaves and yard waste is illegal within Lincoln City limits.  Those convicted of open burning are subject to a maximum fine of $500 and up to six months in jail.

Chris Schroeder, supervisor of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) Air Quality Program, said that older adults and young children are especially sensitive to air pollution.  “Burning creates a fire hazard and produces air pollution that can lead to health complications for people with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease,” he said.

In Lincoln, separate collection of grass and leaves is provided by local waste haulers for a fee.  Those who do not subscribe to the special collection have three options:

  • Haul it to the North 48th Street Transfer Station, 5101 N. 48th St.  All loads must be covered and secured.
  • Hire a lawn service.
  • Mulch and compost grass clippings and leaves.

Grass and leaves must be placed in approved containers: paper yard waste bags available from retailers; 32-gallon containers with tight-fitting lids; or 95-gallon containers provided by waste haulers.  The City does not allow yard waste in plastic bags at the compost facility because the bags do not decompose and cause litter problems.  Residents can place their grass and leaves with their household trash from December 1 through March 31.  Tree limbs, garden waste and weeds may be included with regular household garbage year-round, but some refuse haulers require that limbs be cut to certain lengths and bundled.

More information on recycling is available at 402-441-8215 and recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on air quality regulations or open burning permits is available by contacting Schroeder at 402-441-6272 or cschroeder@lincoln.ne.gov.  For more information about LLCHD, visit health.lincoln.ne.gov.

%d bloggers like this: