The City of Omaha is looking to improve conditions along 24th Street. The plan will cover the area from “L” Street to Leavenworth. This project will provide a complete street which will rebalance the street and provide better road safety for all users whether they choose to drive, ride a bicycle, or walk. Creating a complete 24th Street will involve reconfiguring the travel lanes in order to provide a dedicated two-way left turn lane in the center of the road for motorists to turn safely and to accommodate the addition of bike lanes. This will also create better visibility for motorists exiting driveways or turning onto 24th Street and deters speeding which provides better safety for all road users. This treatment is commonly referred to as a Road Diet. Keep an eye out for this road diet that will soon help make it safer to drive along 24th Street, provide more transportation options and encourage a more bikeable, and walkable Omaha!
Call for Artists
What: Art in the Garden‐ outdoor art show
Where: Hands to Harvest Community Garden 1113 South 31st St
When: Opening exhibition in the garden in July 2012.
Doors donated by Habitat for Humanity Restore and Urban Village. Doors are available until we run out.
Guidelines: Any type of artist is invited to participate. Work must be neighborhood and family friendly‐ no profanity, no nudity, no gang, drug, or sexual references, etc. We want to promote safe art while highlighting what is great in this neighborhood. Artists may sell their work. We ask for a 10% commission donated to the garden from the sale. The show will remain in the garden for approximately one week.
Contact handstoharvest@gmail, HandsToHarvest on Facebook, or http://www.handstoharvest.com for more info.
Your canvas: 32” x 6’8” door
Share your thoughts on the housing, economic, and community development needs of Omaha and review the accomplishments of the City Housing and Community Development Program.
Thursday May 24
Omaha-Douglas Civic Center
1819 Farnam Street
watch it live, streaming http://unoconnect.adobeconnect.com/actionplan2013publichearing/
In addition, this meeting with help determine the use of he State of Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Funds by the City of Omaha.
If you have questions, please contact Jim Anderson with the City Planning Department.
Just a reminder The Southeast precinct is celebrating its 10th anniversary of SAFE (Safety Awareness Fitness & Education) event on Saturday, June 2nd from 1 – 4pm at the KROC center and will include a free safety check of infant seats. The Safety seat checks will be from 11am to 2pm so come early to enjoy the rest of the event.
Omaha is faced with federal requirements to reduce the sewage overflows into the Missouri River and Papillion Creek. This project impacts both residential and business ratepayers. This meeting will present an overview of the design phase for the combined sewer project (CSO) in the Gilmore Avenue area.
For information online http://www.omahacso.com
Phone hotline 402.341.0235
May 17, 2012
Kroc Center – Chapel
2825 ‘Y’ Street
If you can’t be there in person, watch the live feed: http://unoconnect.adobeconnect.com/csomay2012/
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
901 N. Fifth St., Kansas City, KS 66101
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations
EPA Region 7 to Begin Issuing Orders to Obtain Access to Residential Properties in Omaha for Environmental Sampling
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Kansas City, Kan., November 9, 2011) – EPA Region 7 will soon begin to issue administrative orders to a small group of residential property owners in Omaha, Neb., allowing the Agency legal access to those properties to conduct environmental sampling for toxic lead in soil and exterior paint, all at no cost to the property owners.
Under the authority of the Superfund program, EPA has been working in Omaha since 1999 to identify and remove lead from residential properties. To date, the Agency has sampled more than 39,000 properties in the city with the consent of owners, and soil remediation efforts have been completed at more than 9,900 of those properties. An estimated 4,200 properties remain in line for soil remediation.
Beginning this week, EPA will start issuing orders to a group of residential property owners who have refused the Agency’s previous requests for access to conduct environmental sampling. The first series of orders, which are being transmitted by letters, will go to six landlords who own multiple residential properties in Omaha.
EPA anticipates that potentially it may need to issue similar administrative compliance orders for as many as 900 residential properties in Omaha where owners so far have not allowed the Agency access to conduct sampling. EPA has the authority to seek judicial orders against owners who refuse to comply with the new administrative orders.
“EPA needs to sample this last group of properties in order to complete its mission to protect public health in Omaha,” Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. “We’re confident that as property owners come to understand EPA’s reasons and methods for this sampling, they will join in this mission to protect current and future generations of Omaha’s children from lead poisoning.”
Sampling of a typical residential property involves the collection of a total of about two cups of soil from various locations on the property. It may also involve collection of small samples of exterior paint, to determine if chipping or peeling paint contains lead, which can contaminate residential soil as it falls from a home. All sampling is conducted at no cost to property owners. Results of tests on samples are provided to property owners, and if EPA determines that any soil replacement or lead cleanup work is necessary, that work will be done at no cost to owners.
Property owners with questions about sampling activity are encouraged to call EPA’s Public Information Center in Omaha, 402-731-3045.
Children six years and younger, and pregnant women, are at greatest risk of suffering adverse health effects from exposure to toxic lead. Ingesting lead, typically by breathing dust or putting dirty fingers in mouths, can result in serious developmental delays or defects, behavior problems, seizures, nerve disorders and reproductive issues, among other effects.
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Click to purchase a raffle ticket for the SOLD OUT Emerging Terrain Elevate event on June 3. Only 50 raffle tickets at $10/each will be sold. The drawing will be held on May 18 and the winners announced via Facebook and notified via email.
50 tickets @ $10 = your last chance to get tickets to this sold out event.
Emerging Terrain has created Elevate, an epic community gathering on the 36th Street bridge within the I-80 corridor, and in full view of the entire bannered elevator (new banners were put up in the past two weeks, have you seen them?). Twenty teams of designers and foodies are designing and constructing unique, one-of-a-kind ‘elevation stations’ that will line the bridge to accommodate 25 people at a time for 5-courses comprised of the freshest ingredients grown and raised locally.
Tickets sold out at up to $150 All ticket proceeds went directly to the design, construction, and orchestration of the stations.
Your winning pair will be assigned a sequence of stations, with careful consideration of menus and overall experience. You will receive one-of-a-kind tickets after winning that will direct you throughout the day. If you wish to bring someone under 18 years-old.
Please be aware that the day will consist of a lot of walking and standing, to take in both the unique location of the event, and everything the stations have to offer.
Emerging Terrain is committed to supporting the neighborhoods that experience the bridge everyday. Emerging Terrain has listened to, worked with, and supported the ongoing relationship with South Omaha neighborhoods of Burlington Road and Hanscom Park. This is their gift back to those neighbors. This raffle and all the proceeds will go to community betterment projects directly in the immediate area.
Trug: Leavenworth Kickoff Party
Thursday, May 24th from 4-6pm
Leavenworth Street between 25th Avenue and 28th Street
Come celebrate the kickoff of Trug: Leavenworth. Help plant locally grown flowers and vegetables in the new Trug planters, mingle, eat, and experience all Leavenworth has to offer. We hope to see you there!
Trug: Leavenworth is bringing uniquely designed planters and seating units to Leavenworth Street. The Trugs are designed to calm traffic and create lively, welcoming spaces for local businesses and residents. Businesses and community organizations are teaming up to provide weekly activities in and around the Trugs this summer. Trug: Leavenworth is a partnership of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Emerging Terrain, and the City of Omaha. Please contact Sarah Wernimont for more information. Hope to see you at the kickoff event!