Open House for ACT in Lincoln, Thursday

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird is encouraging the public to attend this month’s open houses to discuss the new street work to be funded by the voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax.

The Advisory Transportation Committee, also known as, ACT, has scheduled open houses from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., around different areas of town.

The first takes place, Thursday, September 12th, at Eiseley Branch Library, at 1530 Superior Street.

The second is Tuesday, September 17th, at Gere Branch Library, 2400 South 56th Street.

The third is Wednesday, September 18th, at Walt Branch Library, at 6701 South 14th Street.

The fourth is Tuesday, September 24th, at Dawes Middle School, 5130 Colfax Avenue.

ACT says an additional open house will be Wednesday, September 25th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the first floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, at 136. South 14th Street.

The public may attend any or all the meetings.

The events will include information on city street conditions and various types of treatments to improve them, according to officials.

The public can also provide input on the criteria used for prioritization of street improvements, and where the work should be done, according to the press release.

Lincoln voters approved the tax increase in April.

City officials say it will provide an estimated $13-million annual for six years.

The new tax kicks in October 1st, 2019, and the city will begin the revenue in December.

The first work to be funded by the new funds will begin in the spring of 2020.

According to the city, the projects funded by the new tax will be determined by the City’s Capital Improvement Program or CIP.

In November, they’ll be another opportunity for the public to comment on the ACT proposals–when the city holds a public hearing and considers amendments to the CIP.

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