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«I. CITY CLERK II. MAYOR 1. NEWS RELEASE. Recycling office to sponsor “Shredding Day” Saturday. 2. NEWS RELEASE. Task Force to train in Kansas ...»

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011


2:00 P.M.



1. NEWS RELEASE. Recycling office to sponsor “Shredding Day” Saturday.

2. NEWS RELEASE. Task Force to train in Kansas this weekend.

3. NEWS RELEASE. Public invited to celebrate Arbor Day.

4. NEWS RELEASE. Mayor selects Assistant Fire Chief John Huff as Interim Fire Chief.

5. NEWS RELEASE. Lincoln is Tree City USA for 34th year.

6. Memo from Rick Hoppe, Chief of Staff, on City Council meeting regarding having appropriate City staff present.



1. Letter to Ms. Terri Pope-Gonzalez regarding Husker Concrete operations.


1. NEWS RELEASE. Household hazardous waste collection scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011.


1. Administrative Approvals by the Planning Director from April 19, 2011 through April 25, 2011.

2. Final day to participate in the Transportation Preferences Survey.


1. Memo from David Landis, Director of Urban Development, on City Council meeting regarding having appropriate staff present. (Corresponding memo - II. Mayor; #5, Rick Hoppe, Chief of Staff)




1. Email from Randy Devine thanking Council for their time and consideration given to Old Cheney presenters at meeting on April 25, 2011.

2. Email from Gary and Faye Gutgesell extending a thank you to the City Council on their interest and courtesy regarding the issue of widening Old Cheney Road, with their hope of everyone supporting Councilman Camp’s proposal.

3. InterLinc correspondence from Steve and Rose Splittgerber concerning the widening of Old Cheney Road. Hope Council considers Councilman Camp’s proposal.

4. Telephone message from Patrick and Corinne O’Brien, 8300 Wendall Way, definitely in favor of widening Old Cheney Road.

5. Email from DiAnna Schimek with concerns regarding plans to relocate Alter Scrap to 545 W. O Street.


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Recycling Office, 2400 Theresa Street, Lincoln, NE 68521, 402-441-7043 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gene Hanlon, Recycling Coordinator, 402-441-7043


City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon invites the public to participate in Shredding Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. Recycling Enterprises and Shredding Solutions are donating their shredding services in conjunction Earth Day and Clean Your Files Week.

Small businesses and individuals are invited to take confidential documents to two locations:

• Recycling Enterprises will be at the Lincoln Public Schools District Office parking lot, 59th and “O” streets.

• Shredding Solutions Mobile Shredding will be just east of Famous Dave’s parking lot at 27th Street and Pine Lake Road.

There is no charge for the first 75 pounds or two file boxes of documents. For more information on the City Recycling program, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.

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Nebraska Task Force 1, the Urban Search and Rescue team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue, will conduct a Mobilization Exercise Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 near Salina, Kansas.

The exercise is designed to prepare the team to respond to large-scale manmade or natural disasters. Team members will participate in a simulated disaster scenario to practice building and shoring techniques and demonstrate the management, communication and logistical skills needed to operate during a disaster.

About 120 task force members will participate in the two-day event. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires a full-scale mobilization exercise each year. The exercise does not require City funds – all costs associated with the exercise are funded by FEMA.

This exercise will be taking place at the Crisis City Disaster Training site just outside of Salina.

Team members will assemble at 5:30 a.m., and the exercise will be under way from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831 Mark Canney, Parks and Recreation, 402- 441-8248

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Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to join him, Rousseau Elementary students and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department in celebrating Arbor Day 2011. A public celebration is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at the school, 3701 S. 33rd St. In case of bad weather, the celebration will be in the school gym.

Mayor Beutler will read an Arbor Day proclamation, and the Rousseau students will perform songs and recite poems. Students and teachers will then help plant 20 trees at the school and at the adjoining Bishop Heights Park. They will be assisted by volunteers from the Lincoln Electric System (LES) and the Arbor Day Foundation, members of the Community Forestry Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation staff and the department’s mascot Parker Rex.

The trees will be planted in observance of Arbor Day’s 139th anniversary and in recognition of the Re Tree Nebraska program, a campaign to plant one million trees in Nebraska by 2017.

The trees are being sponsored by LES, Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Campbell’s Nursery and Great Plains Nursery are providing the trees at wholesale cost for the event.

Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The official observance in 2011 is April 29. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will be open.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831 John Huff, Interim Fire Chief, 402-441-8350

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Mayor Chris Beutler today named Assistant Fire Chief John Huff, a veteran of 37 years with the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department (LFR), as Interim Fire Chief. This is the last work day for Niles Ford, who resigned as Fire Chief to accept the City Manager position in Chamblee, Georgia.

“I am very pleased that John has agreed to serve as Interim Chief,” said Mayor Beutler. “I’m confident that with his depth of experience, the Department will be in fine hands as we begin to discuss the future direction and management of Lincoln Fire and Rescue.” As Assistant Chief, Huff has been responsible for LFR’s support services, such as administration, training and maintenance. He began his LFR career in 1974 as a firefighter and served as company officer on both engine and truck apparatus. He was named Deputy Chief in emergency services in 1991 and Deputy Chief of administration in 1992, a position that was re-titled as Assistant Chief in 2002.

Huff has been involved in the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Program based at LFR since its inception in 1991. He also is Task Force Leader for Nebraska Task Force 1. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he spent 10 days directing search and rescue operations at the Pentagon. He also responded to the1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City, the 2007 tornado in Greensburg, Kansas and many hurricanes. He spent two weeks in New Orleans directing task forces following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Huff is a graduate of the Southeast Community College (SCC) Fire Protection Program and the National Fire Academy - Executive Fire Officer Program. He’s been an instructor for the Community College Fire Science program and is a member of the Fire Protection Advisory Committee at SCC.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Doane College in 1995.

Huff has coordinated LFR’s Hazardous Materials Program for more than 10 years. He represented LFR on the original Emergency Medical Services committee from 1991 to 1994. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, the local chapter of the National Management Association and other community and professional organizations.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation, 402-441-8265 Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 402-441-8259

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Lincoln has been named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 34th consecutive year. year. Lincoln also received a Tree City Growth Award for continuing demonstrated commitment and progress in managing more than 130,000 public trees along streets and in parks.

“We’re pleased to again have Lincoln’s commitment to public trees recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Lynn Johnson, Director of the City Parks and Recreation Department, which manages the City’s public trees. “Trees contribute in many ways to our quality of life. The spring flowering trees lining many of our streets are particularly beautiful this year, and remind us that the trees we enjoy today are the result of planning and care over many years.” To qualify for the Tree City USA designation, a community must meet four standards established

by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters:

A tree board or department. Community Operations Forester Bob Weyhrich leads the • Community Forestry section, which has 15 licensed arborists. Weyhrich was certified by the International Society of Arboriculture earlier this year. The Department is advised by a volunteer Community Forestry Advisory Board.

A tree care ordinance.

• A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per resident Lincoln • spends about $4 per resident on public tree management.

An Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Lincoln’s observance was held today at • Rousseau Elementary.

More information on Lincoln’s Community Forester program, including how to request a no-cost permit to plant street trees, is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the national Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. More information is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

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“Communities that are honored with a Tree City USA designation and a Growth Award make a strong commitment to planting and caring for trees, and we applaud their efforts.” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We also commend a community’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing needed care for its trees. They recognize that trees provide number environmental, economical and health benefits for the community every day.”

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Council I was watching the Council meeting as I worked from home and was embarrassed by the City's failure to have staff present for the Speedway resolution.

I apologize and will work to see that it is rectified.

I noticed there were questions. Please send them to me and I will make sure they are answered promptly.

Again, my apologies.

Rick Hoppe Chief of Staff Mayor Chris Beutler 441-7511 rhoppe@lincoln.ne.gov

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled April 30 Wrap up your spring cleaning by bringing unwanted chemicals to this spring’s first Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection, sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). The event for Lincoln and Lancaster County households (not businesses) will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walmart at 87th & Highway 2. Walmart is offering reusable shopping bags to collection participants.

Items accepted at the HHW collection include fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and tubes, pesticides, paint thinners, stains, polishes and waxes, turpentine, oil-based paint, pool cleaning chemicals, flea and tick powders, rodent poison, charcoal starter fluids, mixed or old gasoline, mercury-containing items including thermometers, upholstery cleaners, grease removers and brake and power steering fluids.

Items that can be recycled or safely disposed of locally will not be accepted at the HHW collection: latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics, and batteries. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide provides information on what to do with those items (and can be accessed on-line at www.lincoln.ne.gov, keyword: recycling). Residents are encouraged to buy the minimum amount of household chemicals needed and to choose the least toxic alternative, therefore reducing hazardous waste from their households.

Additional spring collections include a Friday evening collection (3-7 p.m.) on May 20 in Hickman, and another on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pfizer, Inc., 601 West Cornhusker Highway. For more information about the collections, contact 441-8021 or check the website at www.lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).

Memorandum Date: g April 26, 2011

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This is a list of the Administrative Approvals that were approved by the Planning Director

from April 19, 2011 thru April 25, 2011:

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