Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized the City Public Works and Utilities Department and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) for collaborating on an artistic snow plow project. Students and art teachers from nine LPS schools painted 10-foot long plow blades with images they felt represented their school and or community.
"These murals on wheels are assigned to the participating schools' snow routes so the students will be able to see the plows they painted doing their job this winter," Beutler said. "I want to thank the City employees involved for the hard work and creativity they've shown on this project. This is an excellent example of our Public Works and Utilities employees reaching out to the community to educate the public about the many ways this important department serves our City."
Participating schools were Beattie, Holmes, Huntington, Kahoa, Kooser, Lakeview and Zeman elementaries; Mickle Middle School; and Lincoln North East High School.
The program was initiated by Roger Tiedeman, a District Manager in the Street and Traffic Operations Division, who read about a similar program in Wisconsin. The City now has 18 snow routes covering nearly 1,200 miles, and this year, the snow routes were adjusted to better incorporate our schools. Tiedeman proposed the artistic snow plow program as a way to educate the public about the routes
"We hope this will be an annual event so other schools have the opportunity to participate," Tiedeman said. "The program has helped to strengthen our relationships with the community and share information about our winter weather response efforts."
Mayor Beutler also encouraged the public to plan ahead for winter weather and to keep parked vehicles off City streets when it snows. Information on City snow operations is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: snow).