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October 26, 2010
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Sara Hartzell, Planning Department, 402-441-6371

Mayor To Recognize Public's "Bright Ideas"

Mayor Chris Beutler will recognize the winners of the City's Bright Ideas online campaign at the City-County Common meeting Monday, November 1. The campaign invited residents to share their ideas in five categories as part of LPlan 2040, the update of the Comprehensive Plan and Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for Lincoln and Lancaster County. Mayor Beutler will present certificates to the winners at the beginning of the Commons meeting at 12:45 p.m. in Room 113, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th.

The campaign kicked off July 14, and 96 Bright Ideas were submitted to by the deadline of October 1. The winning ideas were determined by online votes, and more than 300 people participated in the process. All Bright Ideas entries will be considered by the LPlan 2040 Advisory Committee. The topics areas and winners are:

Beautiful Places
Brent Johnson proposed a City-wide recycling program to add recycling and composting to the regular refuse service, with the collection of all materials at a City-managed site. His idea and others on recycling have been forwarded to the City Public Works and Utilities Department for consideration during the update of the City's Solid Waste Management Plan.
Getting Around
Johnson won this category as well with his idea for a commuter rail train connecting Lincoln and Omaha with Internet access, bike storage and meeting cars.
Where We Live
Todd Kellerman proposed a mixed-use view of future neighborhoods where people live, work and play all within walking distance.
How We Play
Kellerman also won this category with his idea that draws a connection between open space and the physical and social health of neighborhoods.
Where We Work
Rosina Paolini calls her idea "Transportation is the Key." It emphasizes the role public transportation plays in getting people to and from jobs.

For more information on Bright Ideas or the Comprehensive Plan/LRTP update, visit or contact the Planning Department at 441-7491.

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