By: Hannah Paczkowski
People in Lincoln are taking charge of their community.
"The best government of course is the government that listens and responds," Mayor Chris Beutler said.
Starting in July, the government sought out the opinions of the public to see their expectations on the city of Lincoln and the mayor said comments and concerns kept flooding in.
"Over 1100 survey takers told us that efficient transportation and safety and security were their priorities at this point in time," Mayor Chris Beutler said.
The majority of people mentioned street and sidewalk repair as a major priority.
One concerned citizen stressed the bottle-necks of trucks and traffic is unnecessary on Highway 2, causing problems for many commuters.
Another wrote: "I would like to see an increased police presence before things get really out of hand. Traffic safety and violent crime are my biggest concerns."
These were the main points discussed in small groups at a community conversation October 19.
"Seven of the groups primarily focused on efficient transportation and four primarily discussed safety and security," Lisa PytlikZillig from the Public Policy Center said.
With this much concern, the mayor said he's not taking the issue lightly, but he doesn't want to take funding away from programs the people in Lincoln find important.
"Roads funding should not come at the expense of quality of life. They do not want their parks and their pools and their libraries and their agent services to be cut in order to put more money into roads," Mayor Beutler said.
The Taking Charge team is starting to develop a plan, right now they're putting the finishing touches on the first draft.
Next week the mayor will announce what they plan to do to fix road conditions and how to fund it.