City council approves annexation of 445-acre area southeast of Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln will soon annex a massive area southeast of the city.

The city council unanimously approved the move Monday night during its weekly meeting.

The area is between 70th and 84th Streets and Yankee Hill and Pine Lake Roads.

This comes after several weeks of complaints from residents of the area.

Many of them expressed concerns about public safety, with Lincoln Fire & Rescue having to travel a longer distance to respond to incidents than the rural Southeast Fire & Rescue Department.

But council members said they have complete confidence in LFR to cover the area efficiently and effectively. 

“I do not believe their fire coverage will be affected too much, if at all,” Councilman Richard Meginnis said. “I believe in the Lincoln Fire Department and their response times, and in quality of fire care.”

The council did make one amendment before the final vote.  Members moved to begin the annexation on July 1 to give Southeast a chance to claim taxes for the year.

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