NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – While exercising along her walking route this summer, Nebraska City resident Patty Coates noticed areas of town filled with garbage, such as cups, cans and liquor bottles.
Coates and a friend hauled off three-and-a half garbage bags full of litter, only to find the same spots to be trashed again only a few weeks later.
On Monday, Coates, a Combustion Turbine Technician at Omaha Public Power District, approached the Nebraska City City Council about having the town become an affiliate of Keep Nebraska Beautiful, a program she hopes brings awareness that littering and dumping outside city limits is illegal.
“I hope by joining ‘Keep Nebraska Beautiful,’ as an affiliate in Nebraska City, we can train people and get people educated on what we can do as a community to step forward to keep Nebraska City beautiful, because it is a really pretty town and we all need to do our part.”
Communities affiliated with Keep Nebraska Beautiful saw a 75% improvement in recycling, according to Keep Nebraska Beautiful President Jane Polson. She says communities engage citizens to help keep their towns clean through grants and other funding.
“Nebraska City is beautiful, but this program makes sure that it stays beautiful and that economic development grows. In littered places the economic development goes down. When it’s beautiful, people want to come here to shop. That’s our aim is to make it even more beautiful and keep it beautiful.”
Council approved submitting an application to become an affiliate of Keep Nebraska Beautiful. The application costs $1,000 and includes two training session and resources to begin the program.
In other city council business Monday night:
- Nebraska City Mayor Bryan Bequette began the meeting with a moment of silence to remember residents Bill Moore and Marty Allgood.
- Council approved the use of $10,000 from the Nebraska City Growth Fund as a grant to purchase the property at 611 Central Ave. The building will be used as a place of business on the bottom floor and will include two apartments upstairs.
- A liquor license was granted to Arbor Crossing Event Center for their craft show on Sept. 15-17.
- Council approved an agreement between the city and Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce for economic development, tourism and publicity campaigns.
- They also approved the Dock Board’s recommendation to rent-out the Greggsport Addition.
- A public hearing will be scheduled for the Nebraska City Comprehensive Development Advisory Committee potential grand projects, including replacing part of the roof on the Veterans Memorial Building, updating the Nuckolls Square restrooms to meet ADA requirements, sewage drain improvements on 7th St., and adding exercise equipment for adults at Nuckolls Square.