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September 25, 2013
For More Information Contact:
Lisa PytlikZillig, Public Policy Center, 402-472-5678

Public Invited to Taking Charge Meetings on Safety and Transportation

The public is invited to participate in a Community Conversation in October to discuss steps the City can take to make greater progress in the areas of safety and security and efficient transportation. Results of the recent Taking Charge survey showed those two outcome areas were the top spending priorities for Lincoln residents.

The Community Conversation will be in two parts, with both sessions at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. An information session is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 in Room 113. A discussion session is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19 in the City Council Chambers. Free parking is available.

Residents can sign up for one or both meetings on the City website,, or by contacting the Mayor's Office at 402-441-7511 or Both sessions will be aired on 5 CITY-TV, the government access cable channel, and will be available through video-on-demand on the City website.

Over 1,100 people participated in the Taking Charge survey, which gave the public the opportunity to share their ideas on City programs and spending. The City has partnered with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center on the Taking Charge process since 2008.

Following are the outcome areas listed in the order of spending priorities: 1. Safety and security; 2. Efficient transportation; 3. Livable neighborhoods; 4. Economic opportunity; 5. Environmental quality; 6. Accountable government; 7. Healthy and productive people; and 8. Identity Lincoln.

For the safety and security outcome area, participants will discuss hiring more police officers, relocating fire stations to speed emergency response and increasing focus on after-school programs. For the efficient transportation outcome area, they will discuss building new roads, improving traffic signal coordination, improving bus service and increasing sidewalk repair.

Survey results and more information on the Taking Charge process are available at (keyword: taking charge).

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