The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, November 13th on the Solid Waste Management Plan for Lincoln and Lancaster County - Solid Waste Plan 2040. The open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lower level of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" Street. The open house will focus on the Needs Assessment, which summarizes the current solid waste management systems, facilities and programs and identifies future solid waste management needs. Informative posters will be displayed and City staff will be available to answer questions. No formal presentation is planned.
The open house will be an opportunity for residents and businesses to provide input. "It is important to have a solid waste management plan that is forward looking, addresses conservation of resources, and ensures we are protecting the health and safety of our community and the environment." said Miki Esposito, Director of the Public Works and Utilities Department.
An online "Town Hall" meeting also will be available from November 6th through 20th for anyone unable to attend the open house. It can be found at the on the project website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: solid waste plan). The public also may submit comments through the project phone line at 402-441-7738.
"The public is encouraged to participate in the process because the solid waste management plan is intended to reflect the values and desires of residents and the businesses," Esposito said. A draft of the Solid Waste Plan 2040 is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013. The plan will be submitted to the City-County Planning Commission, the County Board and the City Council.
In addition to using the project website and phone number, the public can be involved by:
The plan will be a guide for policy decisions regarding solid waste management systems, facilities and programs for the next 30 years. The development of a comprehensive, integrated solid waste management plan was identified as a key strategy in the Lincoln-Lancaster County 2040 Comprehensive Plan (LPlan 2040), adopted in October 2011. The Solid Waste Plan 2040 is being guided by the Public Works and Utilities Department, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and an Advisory Committee.