Megan and the Mayor 4-15-2022

Megan sits down with Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird in her monthly segment.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Megan sits down with the Mayor of Lincoln in her monthly segment. They talk about the city budget, supply chain shortages affecting the city, the new immigration welcome plan, and COVID.

Megan and Mayor Gaylor Baird first discussed the city budget, which is on target despite soaring inflation.

“Applications for both commercial and residential are up 15% over the prior year. So we are really pleased that our local economy is getting back on track in the wake of what we’ve all experienced. We’re continuing to invest in our community’s top priorities with infrastructure and public safety so that we can have a vibrant community for people to call home,” Gaylor Baird said.

Gaylor Baird said the future city budget would be putting taxpayer dollars to good use by prioritizing public safety.  It will also focus on bringing in federal dollars to build out road networks and work on street and sidewalk projects to improve quality of life.

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities is also facing delays in equipment, and nearly a 20% increase in price from inflation.

“We’ve been very grateful for the mild winter. Not only because it’s allowed us to get more street projects done, but also because snow plows that we had on order have still not been delivered because of those supply chain disruptions,” Gaylor Baird said.

Megan then asked the mayor about the recent release of the Immigrant Welcoming and Belonging Plan.

Gaylor Baird says, “Lincoln has been a welcoming community for immigrants and refugees going back over four decades… This new plan is really the next stage of our efforts to be able to welcome new Americans, and also to help them assimilate and find job opportunities that help grow our economy. They certainly are making major contributions to our cultural vibrancy.”

The mayor mentioned that this plan will help possible Ukrainian refugees and Afghan evacuees who may be coming to Lincoln.

As far as COVID-19 is concerned, she says the city’s risk dial is staying in the green category.

“It’s been wonderful to see single digits for our case numbers and hospitalizations, to see those coming down… We’ll continue to analyze and monitor and watch because we know that there are cyclical natures to this pandemic, but we are pushing for additional vaccinations,” Gaylor Baird said.

The mayor also said new masked vaccination clinics are being planned for April 26th and 27th at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  These clinics would provide a second booster for anyone over the age of 50, or over the age of 12 if immunocompromised.

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