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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Winter/Spring 2024 Activity Guide

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It's that time of year again! The new year is just around the corner, which means new fun activities with Parks and Recreation. This is your complete digital guide to swim lessons, fitness classes and fun youth and family events. We can't wait to see what...

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News Flash

Posted on: February 23, 2024

Music of Ireland

David Marsh will present a program on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 PM titled, "Music of Ireland".

From Sligo to the Ring of Kerry and from Galway Bay to Dublin, David Marsh presents various musical styles from the Emerald Isle. He uses many instruments, including the accordion, pennywhistle, Northumbrian pipes, and bodhran (Irish drum), to perform jig...

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Columbus Library News
Posted on: February 22, 2024

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Master Gardeners Presents: Get your Green Thumb Growing.

This will be a series of monthly programs at the library, from January through April. On March 17 at 2:00 PM,  join us in the Creativity Corner in the northwest corner of the 2nd floor of the library. Marilyn Schmidt will present a program titled...

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Columbus Library News

News Flash

Posted on: March 1, 2024

Firefighter appointments and numerous resolutions on March 4 Council agenda

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Seven people are expected to be appointed Columbus firefighters at the next City Council meeting.

The Council's next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2024, in its chamber/Community Room on the third level of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

Tommy Ernst, Patricia Hawthorne, Ethan Morrow, Dustin Saner, Ro...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 29, 2024

Unattended fire pit determined to be cause of accidental house fire

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Two adults were displaced from their home on Thursday following a house fire.

At approximately 2:04 p.m. Feb. 29, 2024, CFD was dispatched to a report of a residence on fire in the 2500 block of 26th Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found a single-family home with heavy fire involvement on the rear of the house.

Crews were faced with ext...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 29, 2024

Does Columbus need a downtown viaduct?

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The City is seeking the public's opinion on whether Columbus needs a viaduct downtown.

Be a voter and take the City's poll by clicking here!

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 28, 2024

Columbus Police Department Addresses Feb. 6th, 2024, Officer-Involved Shooting Incident

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At this time, the Columbus Police Department is working in close collaboration with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to ensure there is a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Because of the status of an active investigation, we cannot provide further details until completion. This is a standard procedure and is necessary to uphold the integrity of the investigation.

It is imperative to acknowledge there is a rigorous process in...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 27, 2024

BE A VOTER AND TAKE THE CITY'S ONLINE POLL

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The City of Columbus is asking residents to take its online poll regarding a potential downtown viaduct.

The one-question poll asks, "Do you think Columbus needs a viaduct Downtown?"

City officials urge residents to vote by answering the question on the City's website. You can do so by clicking here.

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 26, 2024

Pawnee Plunge getting equipped with upgraded security cameras

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New security cameras will help keep Pawnee Plunge patrons even safer when they head back to the local water park this summer.

The Pawnee Plunge Water Park will see all 13 of its analog security cameras throughout the facility replaced with state-of-the-art AXIS cameras by SEi. The Columbus City Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, unanimously approved (7...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 26, 2024

FROM THE MAYOR: Many exciting happenings in Columbus (FEBRUARY 2024)

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In our continuing attempt to be more open and transparent the City continues to host the “Morning Brew Community Chats.” An opportunity for anyone to come down and meet with City officials and discuss anything on their minds.

So far those involved have included Council members, City Staff members and myself.

As I have often mentioned the one comment and/or criticism that we hear is “I didn’t know that?” Or “I have a comment or concern and how do I communicate that to the City?”...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 23, 2024

Q&A with City Engineer Rick Bogus!

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 23, 2024

It's National Engineers' Week! Get to know our talented team...

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 22, 2024

It's National Engineers' Week! Get to know our talented team...

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 22, 2024

Columbus Area Children's Museum officially opens inside CCB

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Dozens of kids and adults were proud and loud on Thursday morning packed inside the Columbus Area Children’s Museum.

Plenty of cheers could be heard and lots of smiles were seen as community members of all ages came together to formally celebrate the nonprofit’s official grand opening in the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., on Feb. 22, 2024.

It marke...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 22, 2024

It's National Engineers' Week! Get to know our talented team...

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 21, 2024

It's National Engineers' Week! Get to know our talented team...

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 20, 2024

It's National Engineers' Week! Get to know our talented team...

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 20, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 10, 2022

It's National Engineers' Week! Get to know our talented team...

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National Engineers' Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything they do for our society.

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles to design, develop, and maintain systems, structures, and processes across many industries. They are responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing projects while ensuring they meet safety st...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 18, 2024

Pawnee Park vandalized, covered in graffiti

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Authorities are hoping to find out who is responsible for vandalizing much of Pawnee Park.

City Parks and Recreation officials early on Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 2024, discovered much of East Pawnee Park had been heavily vandalized overnight. The picnic shelters, playground and bathrooms on the east side were covered in spray-paint, and the park...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 16, 2024

Closer look at this fiscal year's City Pavement Management Program priorities

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As we count down to spring, it’s worth noting what’s in store for Columbus roads according to the City’s 2024 Pavement Management Program.

The goal of the City’s Pavement Management Program is to make the best use of funds to keep streets in good condition. Pavement management plans are crucial for cities to properly oversee their networks of pavement. In Columbus city limits, ther...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 16, 2024

PREVIEW: Columbus City Council to meet TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 2024

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The Columbus City Council will meet a day later than normal, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, due to the Presidents' Day federal holiday.

During the meeting, which is slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chamber/Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building,  Council will review a few public hearings.

One is for the redevelopment Plan for the 8th Street Re...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 16, 2024

City offices closed on Monday due to Presidents' Day

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The City of Columbus offices will not be open on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, due to the Presidents' Day holiday.

Presidents' Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February; 

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was mo...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 15, 2024

Columbus Public Library staff earns praise for another year of success and change

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Columbus Public Library is coming off a historic 2023 that saw many changes and residents putting it to good use, and its staff deserves praise for making it happen successfully.

That was the message CPL Board of Trustees President Timothy Matas shared with the Columbus City Council during its regular meeting on Feb. 5, 2024.

“I’m very proud of where our staff is at this point,” Matas said while delive...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 15, 2024

Pour-over your thoughts at upcoming Morning Brew Community Chats session

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City staff and elected officials don't want discussion to be bland at the upcoming Morning Brew Community Chats session, so they're hoping members of the public will join them for a cup of coffee.

The City of Columbus is gearing up to host its third Morning Brew Community Chats session from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in the first floor lobby of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

All attendees will be tr...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 10, 2022

Water main break in town in process of being repaired

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The City of Columbus Public Works Department is alerting residents about a water main break that occurred this morning, Feb. 14, 2024, in town

"Due to a 12-inch water main break at 27th Avenue and 23rd Street, 23rd Street is restricted to one lane east bound from 28th Avenue to 26th Avenue," City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said. "Please slow down and use caution while in ar...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 14, 2024

FOR THE LOVE OF IT - Spearman's passion for downtown Columbus fueled by late mother, community

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Melissa Spearman remembers in February 2023 reading the letter regarding the formation of the Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) and having a desire to be part of the board, though she was moving to Texas.

But what happened next was perhaps divine intervention.

“I was moving to Houston. I was getting everything situated with my new job and I had found a house … but then my Mom got sick,” Spearman recalled. “I took her...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 13, 2024

Ziemba eager to help downtown Columbus grow in new BID Board role

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If there ever was a champion of downtown Columbus, local entrepreneur Kiara Ziemba would no doubt be in the mix for the crown.

Ziemba owns two residential properties and operates her business, Transcendence Salon & Medical Spa, in the downtown district. She beams with pride talking about downtown’s historic charm whenever given the chance.

“You can’t find architecture like thi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 13, 2024

B.I.D. Board issues 2nd survey seeking more input for branding downtown with name

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The Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) Board is once again asking for the public's help in creating a new brand identity for downtown Columbus.

The Board, made of volunteers who are downtown property or business owners, discussed all the marketing efforts done to this point during its meeting on Feb. 5, 2024, and its desire to issue another survey seeking feedback. The survey utilizes name sugges...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 12, 2024

NDOT's 23rd Street reconstruction making progress; residents should expect traffic changes

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The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced some changes people should expect beginning this week while driving along 23rd Street as it continues work on its reconstruction project.

NDOT announced temporary lane restrictions were expected to begin Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at signalized intersections on US-30 from 26th Avenue to 18th Avenue to install temporary traffic signals. This work will occur during daytime hours and is anticipate...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Columbus Area Sports & Activities Sign-Up set for March 16 in downtown Columbus

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The annual Columbus Area Sports & Activities Sign-Up Day is quickly approaching, but residents looking to get their kids ready for spring and summer should note the event location has changed.

The 2024 Columbus Area Sports & Activities Sign-Up Day is set to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus. 

“Collaboration is...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 7, 2024

City Council welcomes local Boy Scout Troop to meeting

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City Council President Rich Jablonski was happy to see a group of local Boy Scouts on Monday night at the Columbus Community Building.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 276 were at the Feb. 5, 2024, Columbus City Council meeting to learn more about how local government works firsthand. It’s part of their process in earning a Boy Scouts of America Citizenship in the Community Merit Bad...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 6, 2024

Veteran bilingual officer promoted to Columbus police sergeant

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Jorge Magdaleno was all smiles during Monday night’s Columbus City Council meeting as he humbly thanked the Columbus City Council and city administration for their support upon being appointed sergeant.

In some ways, it was a full-circle moment for the 12-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department. He came before the council more than a decade ago to thank the government body for giving him the opportunity to serve Columbus as a police officer at tha...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 5, 2024

Morning Brew Community Chats session set for FRIDAY, FEB. 9, 2024

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Coffee first, everything else later. The City of Columbus is inviting residents to come enjoy a cup of java with staff and elected officials this Friday morning.

The next Morning Brew Community Chats session is set to run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in the first floor lobby of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

City hosts for this week's event are Mayor Jim...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 2, 2024

Columbus City Council to consider Harrah's applications, appointments and more at next meeting

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Several appointments are among the many items the Columbus City Council will address at its next meeting on Monday night.

The Council is set to meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in its chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

Mayor Jim Bulkley is expected to present the Council downtown business owner Kiara Ziemba f...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 1, 2024

Review the City’s projects using discretionary spending in fiscal year 2023-2024

PROJECTS

A portion of sales tax funds are used to fund discretionary projects in the City’s annual budget, but Mayor Jim Bulkley and the Columbus City Council determined what projects should be prioritized.

Check out this breakdown of this fiscal year’s planned discretionary spending:

1. City Workforce Housing Subdivision ($1 million) - The Columbus City Council during its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, tentatively approved an agreement b...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 31, 2024

Officials continue to monitor potential for ice jams

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Columbus/Platte County Emergency Management is once again urging residents to be aware of the potential for ice jams in rivers in the area and across the region.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, the entity made a post on social media providing another update about the potential for ice jams on local rivers.

"We could see ice movement on the rivers by the weekend. Rain is forecast for the weekend, up to 1/2", ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 31, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 10, 2022

Space heater deemed source of accidental overnight structure fire

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Collaboration among several area agencies helped make sure there were no injuries or casualties stemming from an early morning accidental structure fire on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray praised members of his department, as well as those from Platte Center, Monroe and Columbus Rural for their unified efforts.

(ABOUT THE PHOTO: Officials on scene of a structure fire early Jan. 31, 2024.)

“Pla...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Downtown Business Improvement District Board set to meet MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2024

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The Downtown Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) Board is scheduled to have its next meeting at noon on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building.

The agenda is as follows:

1.    Statement of compliance with Open Meeting Act and Roll Call

2.    Approval of January 17, 2024 meeting minutes

3.    Finances and approval of the...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Ice jam risk in area considered 'Elevated' as of Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024

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The overall ice jam risk in Central Nebraska is 'Elevated' as of Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, and Columbus/Platte County Emergency Management wants area residents to be aware.

"Due to the forecast of warmer weather, we will continue to see additional snow melt and the possibility of rain this weekend starting Friday (Feb. 2, 2024) evening and wrapping up Sunday (Feb. 4, 2024)," Columbus/Platte County Emergency Managem...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Last day to take public survey regarding potential downtown Columbus viaduct

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Time is running out to share what option for a potential downtown Columbus viaduct you think should be presented to voters in the future.

Following public feedback in late summer/early fall 2023 regarding the potential downtown viaduct, City officials are requesting residents take another quick survey so their input can be factored into the final recommendation of the current study. The sur...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 29, 2024

2nd Morning Brew Community Chats session slated for FRIDAY, FEB. 9

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Before indulging on wings, chips and other snacks while watching 'The Big Game' between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 11, enjoy some free coffee and conversation with City of Columbus leaders on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.

The City of Columbus will host its second-ever "Morning Brew Community Chats" session from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in the first floor lobby of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

All residents ar...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 25, 2024

REMINDER: 1ST MORNING BREW COMMUNITY CHATS SESSIONS HAPPENS FRIDAY, JAN. 26

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The City of Columbus welcomes all residents for coffee and conversation from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in the third floor commons of the Community Building, 2500 14th St.

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 25, 2024

What the EPIC Consumption Tax Act could mean for Columbus

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Columbus residents and all Nebraskans will likely be asked in the November 2024 general election to vote for or against a proposal that aims to radically change the Nebraska tax system.

It might be enticing on the surface, but voting for it could have serious negative ramifications on your quality of life in Columbus.

The Nebraska EPIC Option Consumption Tax Act (EPIC Act) stands for “Eliminate all Property, Income and Corporate...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 23, 2024

Crews continue work on city roads following winter storms

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City crews continue to grapple with the cleanup of hazardous roads throughout Columbus in the aftermath of recent winter storms, and are reminding residents to be safe when traveling through town.

“With the freeze and thaw cycles and temperatures forecasted, there will be early morning slick spots in areas (on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024),” City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. “So please ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 23, 2024

Columbus Police Department launching Apprenticeship Program

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The Columbus Police Department is thinking outside of the box when it comes to its recruitment efforts in hopes of bringing some new and talented blood into the fold.

The Columbus City Council during its regular meeting on Jan. 15, 2024, approved a new CPD Apprenticeship Program, an initiative in which recent high school graduates or college students enrolled in a criminal justice program will have the opportunity to j...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 22, 2024

Property owners may be eligible for 23rd Street Beautification Grant funds

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As a reminder, the City of Columbus has brought back its 23rd Street Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program to assist property owners along the 23rd Street Corridor Redevelopment Area.

The purpose of the program is to encourage and incentivize the enhancement and beautification of Area 6 located around the 23rd Street Corridor.

(ABOUT THE PHOTO: Here is a map that shows the different blighted areas in Columbus. Area 6 is eligibl...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 22, 2024

What's the best option for a viaduct in downtown Columbus? Take this quick survey

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Time is running out to voice your view on a potential downtown Columbus viaduct.

Following public feedback in late summer/early fall 2023 regarding the potential downtown viaduct, City officials are requesting residents take another quick survey so their input can be factored into the final recommendation of the current study.

This Dow...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Morning Brew Community Chats to debut Friday, Jan. 26

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Mother Nature may have delayed the start of the City's new Morning Brew Community Chats initiative, but she can't stop it.

The first-ever session will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in the third floor commons of the Columbus Community Building. Councilmen Ron Schilling and J. Prent Roth, as well as Councilwoman Hope Freshour and Columbus Public Librar...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 18, 2024

B.I.D. Board launches online survey to help determine identity for downtown Columbus

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The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Board has narrowed down its choices, and now is hoping the public can help it determine a new brand identity for downtown Columbus.

During its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, the Board reviewed design choices for the B.I.D.'s marketing of the downtown district. Board members and meeting attendees from the public weighed in on their collective top three. Now, the ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 18, 2024

Columbus' Snow Emergency ending at 10 AM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024

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The City Public Works Department has announced Columbus' Snow Emergency will officially come to an end at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 18, 2024.

City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said crews have continued to be busy plowing and clearing the roads, noting his appreciation to the community for its patience and understanding throughout the last week.

Although the Snow Emergency is being lifted, M...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 17, 2024

Library, CPD gearing up for free ‘Dogs & Drones’ program

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Many people tend to love technology and pets, so Columbus Public Library, the Friends of the Library and the Columbus Police Department decided to combine them for a new and free program.

The Friends of the Library in conjunction with the Columbus Police Department at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, will host “Dogs & Drones,” in which CPD officers will explain how they keep the community safe by implementing a K-9 a...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 17, 2024

Columbus still in Snow Emergency as of Wednesday, Jan. 17; residents asked to move cars off streets

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Any vehicle that was tagged Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, and/or parked on a snow route that has not been removed from created windrow from the last snow event will be towed starting tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024.

City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva made the announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 17, noting that Columbus remains in a Snow Emergency status.

"Please be advised, Columbus is still in a Snow Emergency," he said.

What is meant by a "snow emergen...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 17, 2024

Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray completes International Professional Designation Process

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Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray’s commitment to a career in fire and emergency services is undoubtedly strong, as proven by a recent honor he was awarded.

Gray on Jan. 15, 2024, earned the title of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) from the Commission on Professional Credentialing®, becoming one of only 1,864 people worldwide with the title.

The Designation program is a voluntary initiat...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 16, 2024

Downtown Business Improvement District Board to meet Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024

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The Downtown Business Improvement District Board is set to have its next meeting at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024.

The meeting, which was postponed to this Wednesday due to winter weather last week, will take place in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The public is invited.

The meeting agenda is as follows:

1. Statem...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 16, 2024

City eyes land in south part of town for new multi-use housing subdivision

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The City of Columbus is moving forward with plans to create a workforce housing subdivision, which will include a variety of housing types.

The Columbus City Council during its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, tentatively approved an agreement between the City and Nels Johnson for the purchase of a parcel of land (approximately 25 acres) in the vicinity of north 8th Street and 9th Av...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 16, 2024

WATCH & READ: Mayor Bulkley delivers his '2024 State of the City' Address

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During the Monday night, Jan. 15, 2024, Columbus City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Bulkley delivered his '2024 State of the City' Address. You can read it in full or watch the video of his speech.

First, you can watch the video of Mayor Bulkley giving his speech on the City's YouTube channel by clicking here. You can also watch the full stream of the entire City Council meeting by clicking here.

HERE'S THE COPY OF HIS FULL...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 15, 2024

JAN. 15, 2024 ROAD UPDATE: Residents urged to avoid portions of 38th Street

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The City Public Works Department is warning residents to avoid specific parts of 38th Street when on the roads as of Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.

"Please be advised that parts of 38th Street from 18th Avenue to 48th Avenue are restricted to one lane in some areas. 33rd Avenue west to 48th Avenue is the worst! Please avoid this area as possible," Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said. &am...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 15, 2024

Public survey aims to get residents' input on potential downtown Columbus viaduct

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Columbus residents are being asked to participate in another quick survey before the end of January regarding a potential downtown viaduct.

Following public feedback in late summer/early fall 2023 regarding the potential downtown viaduct, City officials are requesting residents take another survey so that their input can be factored into the final recommendation of the current study.

This Down...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 15, 2024

Public Works urges residents to take note of Emergency Snow Routes (WITH INTERACTIVE MAPS!)

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Columbus residents are being asked to take note of snow routes and to remove parked vehicles off the roads as City crews continue to work on clearing the streets.

"The Columbus Police Department will be making contact with people with cars on the snow routes," City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said. "They will need to move those vehicles off the snow routes or risk a citation or towing. Vehicles...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 15, 2024

Transfer Station still closed due to weather conditions

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Columbus and much of Nebraska continue to feel the effects of Mother Nature's recent winter blast.

As a result of the storm and road conditions, the Columbus Transfer Station will only be opened to licensed garbage haulers only today, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. The facility will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, for regular bu...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 14, 2024

Public Works reminds residents of Snow Emergency procedures

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City of Columbus residents are being reminded to keep their parked cars off the road as a Snow Emergency is still in effect and crews continue to work.

"We are still in a Snow Emergency, so parking is not allowed on snow emergency routes. The pending forecast will only make road conditions dangerous," City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said on Sunday night. "Please pay close attention ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 13, 2024

Water main break repaired Saturday night

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A water main break that occurred in town Saturday night has been repaired as of 8 p.m., according to City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva.

"Water is back on," Sliva said just before 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. "Crews are backfilling excavation at this time."

The area should be clear and the road should be open by 9 p.m.

A 6-inch water main break occurred on 18th Avenue ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 13, 2024

Crews working to repair water main break Saturday night

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The City of Columbus' Public Works Department is asking residents to avoid a certain part of town as of 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, due to a water main that burst.

"Due to a 6-inch burst of a water main, we are asking people to avoid the area from approximately 28th to 30th Street on 18th Avenue," Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said. "Please, for the safety of our crew, stay clear of this area - 18...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 13, 2024

Public Works making progress on city streets, but caution still necessary

Roads (1)

The ongoing work of the City crews has helped curb winter road conditions, but residents are still urged to be cautious as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024.

"As of  3 p.m. today, we believe all streets in the city limits of Columbus are passable. There may be some lane restrictions  due to curb line drifting," City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said. "Street crews, with th...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 12, 2024

Public Works issues winter weather roads' update

Roads

City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva is once again reminding residents to be safe when traveling as crews continue working to clear the streets.

"Crews are just now starting there residential routes. Crews will work through out the night and into tomorrow morning, completing residential areas and the downtown areas. Please be advise most all streets will be snow packed and icy," Sliva sa...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 12, 2024

Mayor Bulkley to give annual 'State of the City' address at upcoming Council meeting

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Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley is planning to deliver his 'State of the City' address at the City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.

Each year at a January council meeting, Mayor Bulkley has taken time to deliver his speech that highlights all the City of Columbus accomplished the previous year and outlining some tentative plans for the calendar year ahead.

Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 12, 2024

URGENT (ENGLISH & SPANISH):Another snow emergency declared for Columbus today, Friday, Jan. 12, 2024

SnowER

The City of Columbus has declared another Snow Emergency for the community beginning at 10 a.m. today, Friday. Jan. 12, 2024, in the interest of public safety and more efficient snow removal.

What is meant by a "snow emergency"?

When the mayor or public works director declares a snow emergency, it simply means no vehicles may be parked on streets where you see emergency route signs. If necessary, the snow emergency may be extended to ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 12, 2024

City closures announced for TODAY, Jan. 12, 2024

Closed (3)

The following City locations will be closed TODAY, FRIDAY, JAN. 12, 2024:

Columbus Public Library

Columbus Area Transit

Columbus Senior Center

Columbus Aquatic Center

The Columbus Transfer Station is closed today, Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, open to licensed haulers only. It will reopen for regular business on Mon...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

Public Works crews monitoring winter weather, remind residents to be safe

Weather

City of Columbus leaders are encouraging residents to exercise extreme caution and patience when traveling over the next several days.

Heavy snow is predicted to hit the Columbus region through tonight, Jan. 11, 2024, and much of early Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Widespread blowing snow is expected between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., with a low around 1 and wind chill values as low as -17, according t...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW -CEMETERY

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

Columbus Area Transit is under ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

UPDATE: Friday's 'Morning Brew Community Chats' session canceled due to weather

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The City of Columbus' "Morning Brew Community Chats" sessions will debut later than expected thanks to Mother Nature.

City officials have opted to cancel the event that was scheduled to take place from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building due to predicted winter weather.

"Because of the weather and in the Interest...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

City's 1st 'Morning Brew Community Chats' session on tap Friday

Week of Announcement

City of Columbus leaders are hoping the public will come warm up early Friday morning at the Community Building with a hot cup of coffee and good company.

From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in the third floor commons of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., the City will host its first-ever "Morning Brew Community Chats" session. The Community Chats will then take place at...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 10, 2024

B.I.D. Board reschedules its January meeting for next week

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Mother Nature may have delayed the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Board's January meeting, but she won't be able to cancel it.

The Board has announced it will host its next meeting at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in the Community Room located on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The meeting was initially planned for Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, but w...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 10, 2024

Snow Emergency to end in Columbus, but more winter weather looms ahead

SnowER (1)

The good news is the Snow Emergency declared in Columbus earlier this week is coming to an end tonight. But, the area’s not exactly out of the woods yet when it comes to winter weather.

Public Works Director Chuck Sliva announced on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, that the Snow Emergency will end at midnight, the start of Thursday, Jan. 11.

When the mayor or public works director declares a snow emergency, it simply mean...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

City's Streets department staying busy plowing roads

Plow

City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva wants Columbus to know the team running the plows throughout town is keeping at it despite some adversity.

"With the amount of snow and ice underneath, the plowing process has been a struggle. We have been falling behind somewhat in the residential areas simply due to the snow depth and ice. At the end of today, we hope to have all roads at least open wit...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

Board of Airport Commissioners meeting canceled

Airport

The Board of Airport Commissioners will no longer have its meeting planned for noon today, Jan. 9, 2024.

The meeting, planned to take place in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, was canceled due to the recent winter storm.

Columbus News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

Downtown Business Improvement District Board's January meeting canceled

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The Downtown Business Improvement District Board's meeting scheduled for today, Jan. 9, 2024, has been canceled.

The Board decided to cancel the meeting that was scheduled for this afternoon in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building due to the recent winter storm. A new meeting date will be planned and announced. 

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

City Closures for Jan. 9, 2024 due to winter storm

Closed (2)

The following locations/operations are closed today, Jan. 9, 2024, due to the recent winter weather.

Columbus Public Library

Columbus Area Transit

Columbus Senior Center

Columbus Aquatic Center


Columbus News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

EMERGNECY NOTICE: Portion of 38th Street 'unpassable'

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City of Columbus Public Works Director Chuck Sliva is urging residents to stay clear of a portion of 38th Street if on the road this morning.

As of 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, 38th Street from 18th Avenue to 33rd Avenue is closed because it's unpassable, Sliva noted.

"Do not attempt to drive on it until we have it cleared,"  he said.

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

Aquatic Center closed today

AQUATIC

The Columbus Aquatic Center will remain closed today, Jan. 9, 2024, due to the recent winter storm.

Columbus News
Posted on: January 8, 2024

Transfer Station closed today and Tuesday due to weather

Closed

Due to winter weather conditions, the Transfer Station will be CLOSED for the remainder of today, Jan. 8, 2024, and all day Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.

Opened during those hours to Licensed Garbage Haulers ONLY.

The Facility will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, for regular business.


Columbus News
Posted on: January 8, 2024

City of Columbus declares Snow Emergency (IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH)

SnowER

The City of Columbus has declared a Snow Emergency in light of the current winter weather and predictions for the next day.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Platte County until noon. Tuesday.  Forecasted snowfall is expected to reach 6 to 9 inches, with winds gusting as high as 45 mph.  For public safety and more efficient sn...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 8, 2024

Winter storm hits Columbus - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

SNOW (1)

As Mother Nature’s latest winter storm bears down on Columbus, City officials are reminding residents to be prepared to help dig themselves out of it.

The National Weather Service office based out of Omaha/Valley reports Columbus and several other communities across the region are in a winter storm warning as of Monday, Jan. 8, 2023, through noon on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

What does that mean?

  • Heavy snow expecte...
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Columbus News
Posted on: December 29, 2023

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT SNOW: Street Superintendent talks plans for roads during winter weather

SNOW

People think about “The Grinch” stealing Christmas, but Mother Nature was the culprit this year for the City of Columbus’ Streets Department.

The National Weather Service early on Christmas Eve began issuing severe weather alerts for the local area, indicating blizzard conditions were possible. Columbus residents woke up to a white Christmas with family and friends, but the streets team was har...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 30, 2023

City Council's 1st meeting of 2024 set for Tuesday

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As 2023 comes to an end and the new year begins, remember the Columbus City Council's first meeting of 2024 is coming up.

The Council is set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, in its chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. You can view the full agenda by clicking here. The meeting was previously moved to the first Tuesday of the mon...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 29, 2023

Upgrades coming to Centennial Park

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Centennial Park will be getting some improvements in the near future.

The Columbus City Council during its regular meeting on Dec. 18, 2023, voted 6-1 in favor of approving a resolution that called for electing a design-build delivery system for a new restroom and concession building at Centennial Park and designating City ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 29, 2023

YEAR IN REVIEW: #1 Columbus Community Building opens!

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The Columbus Community Building opened to the public over the summer and has become a hub for the community ever since then.

NOTE TO READERS: A lot happened in Columbus throughout 2023, including at the City of Columbus. In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to take a moment to highlight the stories that City staff and leaders identified among their favorites of the year....

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Morning Brew Community Chats launches IN 1 WEEK!

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City leaders are hoping good conversation with residents will soon be brewing inside the Columbus Community Building.

The City of Columbus on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, will debut its "Morning Brew Community Chats"  venture, an opportunity for residents to visit with elected officials and City staff in the third floor commons outside of City Hall within th...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 28, 2023

YEAR IN REVIEW: #2 Parks and Rec creates master plans for 3 parks using public input

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Throughout 2023, the City Parks and Recreation Department gathered public input and incorporated it all into master plans for some of its most-used parks.

NOTE TO READERS: A lot happened in Columbus throughout 2023, including at the City of Columbus. In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to take a moment to highlight the stories that City staff and leaders identified among their favorites of the year....

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 28, 2023

YEAR IN REVIEW: #3 City looks to address local housing dilemma

TopStory3

The local housing crisis has stifled the community in many ways for years, but the City of Columbus in August 2023 announced it would be pushing to help lead efforts in working toward a solution.

NOTE TO READERS: A lot happened in Columbus throughout 2023, including at the City of Columbus. In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to take a moment to highlight the stories that City staff and leaders identified among their favorites of the year...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 28, 2023

WE NEED YOUR HELP: Take our online Water Service Line Material Survey

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The City of Columbus needs the public's assistance with a simple online survey.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced new regulations for its existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) policy.

One of the new requirements states all public water systems must have inventory of water service lines within their jurisdictio...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 27, 2023

Servant’s heart – Alarcón eager to help Columbus as newest City Council member

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Soon-to-be-sworn-in First Ward City Councilwoman Cynthia Alarcón has her southern Texas roots and family’s giving heart to thank for her generous spirit.

“Growing up I was (and continue to be) a pastor’s kid. I remember church activities, community outreach, work and witness trips, VBS, and many other events my mom and dad volunteered us for,” Alarcón recalled. “So, love and work for our church family and ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 27, 2023

YEAR IN REVIEW: #4 City's new fiscal year budget

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The City of Columbus' current fiscal year budget was passed by the City Council back in September 2023 and had many major highlights, including the City lowering its property tax levy by 7%.

NOTE TO READERS: A lot happened in Columbus throughout 2023, including at the City of Columbus. In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to take a moment to highlight the stories that City staff and leaders identified among their favorites of the year...

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Columbus News
Posted on: January 1, 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLUMBUS!

NYE (1)

The City of Columbus would like to wish everyone a 'Happy New Year' as 2024 officially kicks off.

As a reminder, due to today's holiday, the Columbus City Council's next meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, in its chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The agenda, which can be viewed on the Cit...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 27, 2023

YEAR IN REVIEW: #5 Positive developments in downtown Columbus

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This last year saw a surge in renewed efforts to revitalize downtown Columbus.

NOTE TO READERS: A lot happened in Columbus throughout 2023, including at the City of Columbus. In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to take a moment to highlight the five stories that City staff and leaders identified among their favorit...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 26, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - COLUMBUS AREA TRANSIT

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (14)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

Columbus Area Transit is under ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 24, 2023

Platte County Emergency Management issues weather warning

Hello snow!

Columbus residents don't have to dream about a "White Christmas" this year, because forecasters say they can expect one.

Platte County Emergency Management has announced residents should be prepared and use extreme caution as the area will be in a blizzard warning tonight through tomorrow.

"Forecast confidence is at 90% for 4+” of snow," Platte County Eme...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 22, 2023

LOOKING BACK ON 2023, PREPARING FOR 2024

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The City of Columbus would like to wish everyone "Happy Holidays" while reminding them of some important things coming up.

The Columbus City Council will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, in its Chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The meeting was previously moved to the first Tuesday of the month in January because...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 21, 2023

Mayor Bulkley appoints longtime community volunteer to City Council seat

CYNTHIA (1)

Resident and local educator Cynthia Alarcón has been appointed to a First Ward Columbus City Council seat by Mayor Jim Bulkley.

The mayor announced his appointment on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, noting Alarcón will be officially sworn in during the City Council’s next meeting on Jan. 2, 2024. She will fill the unexpired term of former Councilwoman Beth Augustine-Schulte, who resigned...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 21, 2023

FROM THE MAYOR: Looking back and moving forward (December 2023)

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The City Council handled some very important housekeeping business at the Dec. 4th City Council meeting.

 Every year at the first Council meeting in December the City Council elects the Council President to serve for the upcoming year and then approves the appointment of Council members to our two Council Committees. 

Third Ward Councilman R...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 20, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW -WATER OFFICE

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (13)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

The Water Office is under Publi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 19, 2023

WATCH & READ: Council approves plan to get Charlie Louis Fire Station fully manned in 2024

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A plan is in place for the Charlie Louis Fire Station to be fully manned by the middle of 2024 after the Columbus City Council approved it during its most recent meeting on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023.

“I am confident it’s the right decision,” Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray said after the meeting. “I think it’s overdue, and we’re excited to continue the process of getting people in here and gett...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 18, 2023

Jingle All The Way - Columbus Police's 'Santa Cop' initiative proves successful again

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Columbus Police officers transformed into Santa’s elves over the weekend to help bring some holiday cheer to more than 20 area kids and their families.

The Columbus Police Department on Sunday held its annual “Santa Cop” extravaganza, welcoming 24 local kids and families to its downtown headquarters for pizza and other treats; holiday activities; and, of course, presents and visits with Santa Claus.

“It’s...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 14, 2023

City Council readies for final meeting of 2023

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The Columbus City Council will review a number of topics featured in a loaded agenda in its final meeting of the year next week.

The Council is set to convene at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, in its chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

APPOINTMENTS

The following reappointments will be considered:

  • The reappointment of Councilman Ron Schilling to ...
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Columbus News
Posted on: December 14, 2023

New downtown City parking lot to boast all-inclusive musical playground

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A new downtown parking lot sandwiched between 14th and 15th streets in close proximity to 25th Avenue has been open for only a couple of weeks but is already having a significantly positive impact on the community.

The lot, just east of the Columbus Community Building, boasts 65 stalls, three of which are designated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. It provides parking for those who work in the building and members of the public who visit it or the gr...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 13, 2023

Police warn residents of new and emerging scams

SCAM

Columbus residents are encouraged to take note of new scams attempting to use streaming services and QR codes as a front to access sensitive information.

One is being labeled a "Disney+ Phishing Scam,"  in which cybercriminals send an email that appears to be an invoice from Disney+. The email states that you will be charged for a new subscription and directs you to call the number provi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 12, 2023

WATCH & READ: Fire Department gets Council's blessing to purchase new ambulance

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The Columbus Fire Department is diligently planning for the future, getting the OK from the City Council to replace a 22-year-old ambulance that will arrive in 2025.

The Columbus City Council during its Dec. 4 meeting approved a $457,614.63 purchase quote from Feld Fire, Danko Emergency Equipment and Stryker for a new ambulance with equipment for CFD. Fire Chief Ryan Gray explained during the meeting the purchase will...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 11, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (12)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

The Solid Waste Transfer Statio...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 11, 2023

City departments highlighted in 'Our Town Columbus' TV segments

OUR TOWN

The Columbus Community Building and several City departments were featured in recent TV segments.

10/11 News recently spotlighted the Community Building, as well as City Hall and the police and fire departments, as part of its "Our Town Columbus" segments that aired last week.

Check out the clip on the Columbus Community Building featuring Ci...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 8, 2023

QUICK HITS FOR CITY COUNCIL'S DECEMBER 4TH MEETING

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The Columbus City Council took care of plenty of business during its most recent meeting on Dec. 4, 2023. The following is a quick guide of some of the major developments.

NEW COUNCIL PRESIDENT

  • Third Ward City Council member Rich Jablonski was appointed the Council’s new president for 2024. Council members Katherine Lopez, Charlie Bahr, Troy Hiemer, J. Prent Roth and Ron Schilling all voted “aye&rdquo...
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Columbus News
Posted on: December 8, 2023

City to launch ‘Morning Brew Community Chats’ in January 2024

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The City of Columbus leaders and staff are hoping to soon have some fruitful conversations with the public over coffee, as the local government agency will begin hosting its “Morning Brew Community Chats” in January 2024.

From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month beginning Jan. 12, all residents are invited to join elected officials and City staff for a cup of coffee on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., in the gat...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 7, 2023

American flags flown at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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Residents and visitors should notice American flags throughout Columbus are being flown at half-staff today, Thursday, Dec. 7. This is because of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Today marks the 82nd anniversary since the attack in Hawaii that began the U.S.'s involvement in World War II.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese military made a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which resulted ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 7, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - POLICE

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (11)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: Police

DEPARTMENT HE...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 5, 2023

Jablonski takes over as City Council president

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Rich Jablonski is now the president of the Columbus City Council.

Jablonski was unanimously (5-0; Councilwoman Hope Freshour was absent and there is one open First Ward seat) elected president by his fellow council members during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

“I feel humbled people think I can ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 4, 2023

Jingle Bell Rock – Columbus Senior Center gears up for Christmas Open House

SENIOR CENTER (1)

Area residents will soon have the chance to recognize caregivers for their dedication and check out the Columbus Senior Center while enjoying some good food, music and companionship.

It’s part of the Columbus Senior Center’s Christmas Open House and Caregiver Appreciation event set to take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the facility, 3111 19th St.

The free extravaganza will boast free doughnuts, coffee ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: December 1, 2023

Downtown BID Board set to hold December meeting on Monday

BID BOARD MEETING (1)

The Downtown Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) is planning to discuss marketing, branding and more at its next meeting.

The B.I.D. Board's upcoming meeting is set for noon on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

The board is a volunteer group made up of local downtown business/property owne...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 30, 2023

City Council set to name new president during upcoming meeting

City counciMEETINGDECEMBER (2)

The Columbus City Council will have a new president come Monday night.

The Council is expected to elect one of its own to take on the role of council president during its 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2023, meeting in its Chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

Either Charlie Bahr, Katherine Lope...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 29, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - JOINT COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (10)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

The Columbus-Platte County Join...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 29, 2023

All of the lights – Parks and Rec gears up for massive downtown holiday parade

HolidayParade

Move over, Rudolph. Plenty of bright lights will be on display this weekend as the City of Columbus’ Parks and Recreation Department hosts its second annual Holiday Parade.

Set to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, the Holiday Parade is free to the community and will see far more than a dozen participants show off their rides throughout downtown Columbus. It all leads up to the grand finale of Santa Claus greeting ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 28, 2023

Property owners may be eligible for 23rd Street Beautification Grant funds

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To assist property owners along the 23rd Street Corridor Redevelopment Area, the City of Columbus is bringing back its 23rd Street Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program.

The purpose of the program is to encourage and incentivize the enhancement and beautification of Area 6 located around the 23rd Street Corridor.

(ABOUT THE PHOTO: Here is a map that shows the different blighted areas in Columbus. Area 6 is eligibl...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 27, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - CITY CLERK'S OFFICE

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (8)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: City Clerk...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 22, 2023

FROM THE MAYOR: Thankful and blessed (November 2023)

MAYORNOVEMBER2023

It has been a month of great interaction with many individuals and events taking place within our community. And as I have said before, these type of events are what makes being mayor fun!

On Nov. 8th, I was a guest at the Sertoma Service Club Annual Service to Mankind Award Banquet. Annually, the Sertoma group recognizes someone who has truly served mankind and done so selflessly. This year’s winner: Donette Jablonski. It was an ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 21, 2023

City publishes new online budget guide for fiscal year 2023-2024

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The City of Columbus recently released a new online booklet to give the public a snapshot of its fiscal budget.

Fittingly titled “Annual Budget: A Quick Guide Of Fiscal Year 2023-2024,” the 16-page document created by City of Columbus staff members is equipped with informative graphics and various breakdowns of topics related to the fiscal year budget in an effort ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 20, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - FINANCE

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: Finance

DEPARTMENT H...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 17, 2023

Columbus City Council set to meet this upcoming Monday

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Proclamations, appointments, public hearings and resolutions take up much of the Columbus City Council's agenda for its next meeting.

The Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, in its Chamber/the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

PROCLAMATIONS

Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley is expected to sign a proclamation for Columbus...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 16, 2023

Stachura resigns from BID Board; replacement sought to fill term

Bob

The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Board is seeking a new member as longtime local businessman and community advocate Bob Stachura has announced his resignation.

Stachura, of Columbus Tire & Service Center, in his resignation letter to BID Board President Joshua Johnson, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley and City Administrator Tara Vasicek said he feels it’s time, noting “a new, younger downtown b...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 16, 2023

Columbus Fire Department makes strides, continues working toward staffing Charlie Louis

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The Columbus Fire Department is currently staffed with 23 career personnel: 18 firefighters, three captains, one assistant chief and one chief.

“CFD headquarters requires a total of 18 personnel to be staffed with six individuals 24/7/365. This allows for one person to be off per day, leaving our minimum staffing level at five,” Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray said. “T...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 15, 2023

NDOT provides update on 23rd Street construction project

23RDSTREET

The following is an update about the Nebraska Department of Transportation's 23rd Street construction project.

Work from Last Week

• Paving: Mainline paving from near 1st Ave to East 6th Ave; various paving from 16th Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

• Electrical: Various work on conduits and structures for signal and light poles from 14th to East 11th.

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 15, 2023

JOIN THE FORCE: Open house aims to attract new police officers

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Many people have dreamed or thought about being a police officer without knowing all it entails, and now the Columbus Police Department is giving the public a chance to learn more about joining the force without making a commitment.

CPD is gearing up for an open house from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at its downtown headquarters, 2330 14th St. Attendees will be able to learn more about the job, the police academy, hiring process, pay scale and all other aspects of a c...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 14, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - WATER UTILITY SERVICE

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (6)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

The Water Utility Service Depar...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 14, 2023

Columbus fire chief praises work and response at Superior Industries incident

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Machinery caught fire late Monday night at Superior Industries, but Columbus Fire Department Chief Ryan Gray said the quick action of company employees and first responders prevented it from getting out of hand.

At about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, CFD was alerted to Superior Industries, 3330 E. 23rd St. in Columbus, for a report of a forklift and metal-cutting machine on fire inside of the building.

When fire crews arrived, according to Gray, they found smok...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 13, 2023

Propane tank leak at Camaco leads to CFD response and evacuation

CFD

A propane tank leak early Monday at Camaco resulted in an evacuation and response from the Columbus Fire Department.

At about 2:18 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, CFD was dispatched to Camaco, 1851 E. 32nd Ave., and discovered an 800-gallon propane tank was leaking liquid propane.

According to Columbus Assistant Fire Chief Nate Jones, the facility was evacuated and Sapp Bros...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 9, 2023

City offices to be closed Friday for Veterans' Day

Veterans

All City offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in observance of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

City Hall, located on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., will reopen on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.

Columbus Public Library will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

The solid waste/yard waste sites will be closed on Saturday...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 7, 2023

WATCH & READ: 'Council Minute' recap highlights EMS, council appointment and more

COUNCILMINUTE (1)

Did you miss Monday night's Columbus City Council meeting but are in search of a quick rundown of what happened? Mayor Jim Bulkley has you covered.

Watch the 'Council Minute' recap video on the City's YouTube channel by clicking here. In the one-minute-and-23-seconds clip, the mayor provides a recap of the major points discussed during the council meeting that took place on Nov. 6, 2023. 

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 6, 2023

Mayor seeking candidates to fill First Ward City Council seat

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Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley is now seeking applications from the public in hopes to appoint someone to a soon-to-be vacant Columbus City Council seat.

City Council President Beth Augustine Schulte, who represents the First Ward, announced on Nov. 6 her resignation from the City Council effective after the meeting on Nov. 20, 2023. She said she’s resigning because she will be relocating to an area home o...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 6, 2023

14 YEARS STRONG - Augustine-Schulte announces resignation from Columbus City Council

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Columbus City Council President Beth Augustine-Schulte was only in junior high when she got her introduction to city government by working as a public library page, preparing the organization for its big move into a new building in 1977.

“It was my very first job,” Augustine-Schulte recalled of the library’s move from a small space off 25th Avenue to a 14th Street location. “I was working there and helping move books and organizing things.&rdquo...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 3, 2023

Columbus City Council meeting on tap Monday

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The Columbus City Council is gearing up for its upcoming meeting at the start of next week.

The Council is scheduled to have its first regular meeting of the month at 6 p.m. Monday in the Council Chamber/Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

The Council will consider approving resolutions to OK interl...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 2, 2023

Downtown BID Board set to meet Monday, Nov. 6

BIDNOVEMBER

The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Board has its November meeting coming up next week.

The meeting is scheduled for noon on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Community Room on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Statement of compliance with Open Meeting Act ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 1, 2023

Columbus' child care dilemma serves as focal point of United Way discussion

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Ongoing local child care issues’ effects on area families, the local workforce, businesses and Columbus as a whole took center stage Wednesday at the Columbus Community Building.

The Columbus Area United Way hosted more than two dozen local leaders, including those from the City of Columbus, Platte County, Columbus Public Schools, Central Community College-Columbus, Centro Hispano, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and other h...

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Columbus News
Posted on: November 1, 2023

HOMEGROWN LEADER - Johnson earns distinguished Columbus’ Volunteer Citizen of the Year' honor

JoshJohnson

When Columbus native Joshua Johnson moved back to town right as the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, he only had one goal.

“I said I would get involved in as much as I can. I wouldn’t be the typical person who wants to complain about something and never take any action.” Johnson said. “I wanted to make Columbus better. I wanted to impro...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 31, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - ENGINEERING

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (5)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: Engineering

DEPARTME...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 30, 2023

CFD puts out morning fire at Frontier Cooperative

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A spontaneous combustion of livestock feed was determined to be the cause of a Monday morning fire that occurred at Frontier Cooperative.

About 7:26 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, the Columbus Fire Department was dispatched to Frontier Cooperative, 1854 14th Ave. in Columbus, for a report of smoke in the building.

“Upon arrival smoke was seen exiting a large steel storage building,&am...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

Obras Públicas pide precaución en las carreteras ante la previsión del tiempo invernal

StreetClosure

Ante el clima invernal previsto para este fin de semana, el Departamento de Obras Públicas de la ciudad de Columbus recuerda al público que tenga cuidado en las carreteras.

Se pronostica que lluvias y nieve con potencial de fuertes vientos comenzaran el sábado por la mañana en todo el noreste de Nebraska, según el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional con sede en Omaha/Valley. También podría provocar una llovizna helada.

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

MONSTER MASH – City + Friends Trunk-or-Treat sparks massive community Halloween party

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Columbus came, it saw and it conquered the quest for Halloween fun on Thursday night, as more than 1,500 people showed up for the first-ever City of Columbus + Friends Trunk-or-Treat extravaganza.

Pirates, Pokémon, the “Mario Kart” collective, Ghostbusters, Sesame Street’s “Oscar the Grouch,” “Gru” and his “Minions,” “Cruella de Vil&rd...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

Make Art Come Alive: How Columbus Arts Council’s interactive display came together

ArtsCouncil

Art was alive and well on Thursday in downtown Columbus.

The more than 1,500 people who came through downtown for the first-ever City of Columbus + Friends Trunk-or-Treat extravaganza were abuzz with curiosity and excitement thanks in part to the Columbus Arts Council’s show-stopping trunk that was th...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

Police arrest suspect in officer-involved shooting at mobile home

Policearrest

The Columbus Police Department has arrested a suspect following an officer-involved shooting that took place on Oct. 20, 2023.

The suspect, 32-year-old Caleb J. Urban, has been arrested on the charges of attempted first-degree assault on an officer (a Class II felony), terroristic threats (a Class IIIA felony), child abuse (a Class II felony) and use of a weapon to commit a felon...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

Public Works urges road caution ahead of predicted winter weather

StreetClosure

In loom of predicted wintery weather this weekend, the City of Columbus Public Works Department is reminding the public to use caution on the roads.

Rain and snow showers with the potential for strong winds are predicted to begin on Saturday morning throughout Northeast Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service based out of Omaha/Valley. It also could result in freezing drizzle.

Please be adv...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 26, 2023

Free City + Friends Trunk-or-Treat extravaganza happens today!

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It's the final countdown!

The first-ever City of Columbus + Friends Trunk-or-Treat takes place from 5-7 p.m. today, Oct. 26, outside the Columbus Community Building.

“We are excited to have people come out on Oct. 26. This will be a great way for people to come together in a fun environment that also engages the community all around,” City Parks and Recreation Director Betsy Eckhardt said, noting t...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 25, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - MUNCIPAL AIRPORT

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: Municipal Airport

DE...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 24, 2023

Illegal dumping results in Sock Pond’s closure

SockPond

Sock Pond has been known as a popular fishing spot for the community for years, but lately, it has become a hub for garbage, yard waste and trashy furniture.

“Repetitively throughout the summer, we’ve encountered all kinds of illegal dumping. Up to this point it was yard clippings and branches, but now we’ve found couches, furniture and all kinds of stuff,” City Parks an...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 23, 2023

Columbus represents at national Fire Administrator’s Summit

Firefighting

Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray and Capt. Eric Kluever were among those who recently got to hear from the president, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and other high-ranking officials about their field.

The Columbus firefighters earlier this month took part in the “U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control: State of Science,” in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The summit, which kicked off the 100th anniversary of...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 20, 2023

Police respond to welfare check; turns into officer-involved shooting

Policearrest

Columbus Police Chief Charles Sherer is praising his department and area law enforcement after a response to a welfare check on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at Carriage House Estates resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Preliminary information shows at about 4:02 p.m. Friday, CPD officers responded to a report of threats being made at the mobile home within the city of Columbus. During investigation of the matter, officers were trying to determine the welfare of a subjec...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 20, 2023

City Engineering Department welcomes Columbus High senior for job shadowing

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Columbus High Senior Kaden Brownlow spent the last few weeks learning firsthand what a career in civil engineering looks like at the City of Columbus as part of his school’s career services program.

“It has been pretty fun. I’ve been able to learn a little bit of just about everything,” Brownlow said on Oct. 20.

Labenz on Oct. 20 took Brownlow down to the parking lot being built east of the Columbus Community Building to ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 19, 2023

25 YEARS STRONG: Columbus Police's Wangler retires after fruitful career in law enforcement

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Columbus native Brad Wangler can still vividly recall one frosty winter night as a boy in the 1970s when his mother called his Dad at the Platte County Sheriff’s Office with an urgent request.

“We’re in the middle of a snowstorm happening and my Mom called the sheriff’s office after realizing we were out of milk and asked them to tell my Dad to bring milk back to the house when he got off duty. She said within an h...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 18, 2023

Columbus Police identify suspects in recent robbery

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The Columbus Police Department has announced the people it arrested on Oct. 17 and what they were charged with after responding to a reported robbery.

CPD announced it arrested 59-year-old John M. Olsan; 33-year-old Jazmaine M. McManigal; and 22-year-old Dylan M. White. 

Olsan was jailed for robbery, use of deadly weapon to commit a felony, possession of an exceptionally hazardous controlled sub...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 18, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - STREETS

CITY GOVERNMENT 101_Streets

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024). The Street Department...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 17, 2023

Police arrest 3 following armed robbery with knives

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Three suspects were brought into custody Tuesday morning after Columbus Police officers responded to a robbery at a residence within the city limits.

At about 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, Columbus Police Department officers responded to a residence, where they were advised three individuals with knives had broken into the residence and stole a firearm from the home’s resident.

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 17, 2023

WATCH & READ: Columbus Police bolster their vehicle fleet

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When it comes to the Columbus Police Department’s fleet of vehicles, there’s really no such thing as rest. The department’s Ford Explorer Police Interceptor fleets are constantly on the move.

“Our primary fleet vehicles run 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, so we put a lot of miles and hours on our vehicles,” Columbus Police Capt. Doug Molczyk said. “The amount of time the vehicle is idling is just as important to ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 16, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - GOLF COURSES

CITY GOVERNMENT 101_PLANNING (1)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

City golf courses fall under th...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 16, 2023

City honors staff with recognition awards

City

The City of Columbus recently celebrated the 2022-2023 fiscal year by honoring its staff members.

Staff members were saluted during an awards recognition banquet on Oct. 13 at American Legion.

"This is just another example of the great employees we have," Mayor Jim Bulkley said. "They are here when we need them and are not afraid to go a...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 13, 2023

COUNCIL PREVIEW: City Council to consider several reappointments and more

City counciMEETINGoCTOBER16

The Columbus City Council has several items to address when it next meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.

The agenda includes several reappointments:

-Larry O’Neill to the Library Board for a four-year term

-Chuck Whitney to the Nebraska Cooperative Government Commission as a delegate for a one-year term

-Adam Urkoski, Ron Schilling and Charlie Bahr to...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 12, 2023

Your Tax Dollars At Work: Van Berg’s growing popularity fuels need for purchase of 10 new golf carts

VanBerg

One good thing that came out of 2019’s historic flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2020 was the resurgence of interest in Van Berg Golf Course.

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NOTE TO READERS: “Your Tax Dollars At Work” is a new ongoing series exploring how sales tax revenue helps the City of Columbus fund a variety of services, programs and projects to benefit the com...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 12, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CITY GOVERNMENT 101_PLANNING

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024). The planning and economic deve...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Downtown B.I.D. Board chooses Vector Crush for marketing strategy

B.ID CHOOSES MARKETING COMPANY

After months of discussion, the Downtown Business Improvement District Board has selected Vector Crush to help it with marketing downtown.

Vector Crush, founded in 2020 and based out of Stanton, Nebraska, is “dedicated to providing our clients all the print and digital communication assets they need to help their business, event, or organization achieve success and look absolutely ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 10, 2023

‘Pumpkin’ for everyone: City gears up for free community Trunk-or-Treat and more this Halloween

TOTNEW

It’s almost scary how much fun is on tap for downtown Columbus this month.

The first-ever City of Columbus + Friends Trunk-or-Treat extravaganza is set to take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, outside the Columbus Community Building, and there promises to be plenty of treats and excitement for all attendees.

“We a...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 9, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - PARKS & RECREATION

CITY GOVERNMENT 101_PARKS

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreatio...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 6, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - HUMAN RESOURCES

CITY GOVERNMENT 101_HR (1)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

DEPA...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 5, 2023

Big Idea Columbus aims to help and inspire entrepreneurship

BIGIDEA

You don’t have to swim with sharks to get your dream of entrepreneurship in Columbus off the ground.

The Central Community College Entrepreneurship Center has officially launched “Big Idea Columbus.” Based on the hit ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” up to 10 area residents will be asked to make a two-minute pitch for a pr...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 5, 2023

Mayor Bulkley visits with West Park third-grade students

MayorKids

Mayor Jim Bulkley had no idea what a room full of third-grade boys and girls would ask when they eagerly raised their hands on Wednesday morning, but the first one may have been his favorite.

“How old are you?” one child said.

“Well,” the mayor replied. “How old do you think I am?”

“59,” the student said.

The mayor looked back and smiled.

“God love ya,&rd...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 5, 2023

City announces free dumping of storm-related trees, branches

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In the aftermath of Tuesday night’s severe weather that ravaged much of the area, the City of Columbus’ Public Works Department is announcing times and dates for free dumping of damaged trees and branches as a result of the storm.

You will not need to scale in or out with tree branches.

1 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4

1 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5

1 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

1 p.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

Please note:

  • No contractors or commercial haulers
  • Use...
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Columbus News
Posted on: October 4, 2023

Severe thunderstorm leads to building, parks and road damage

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The cleanup is underway after Tuesday night’s thunderstorm caused some damage to Columbus parks, buildings and roadways.

Two trees went down in Frankfort Square; a tree fell down on a light pole and took down some powerlines by the west shelter in Pawnee Park and roadways throughout town were closed as a result of tree branches falling down, among other things.

According to ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 3, 2023

Library drive-thru window now open at Columbus Community Building

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Patrons don’t even have to get out of their cars to return and pick up library books during the week anymore.

Columbus Public Library’s drive-thru window is officially open. The drive-thru lane is located on the backside of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. It can be accessed by taking 15th Street, then turning onto 25th Avenue and into the...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 3, 2023

WATCH AND READ: Mayor heaps praise on ADM, community for water trail collaboration

ADMMAP

There were no Taylor Swift sightings at Monday’s Columbus City Council meeting, but the first meeting of the new era – or fiscal year – saw collaboration serve as the focal point.

The Council on Oct. 2 unanimously signed off on a resolution approving a recreational area lease agreement with Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) Company for river access in the general area south of Southeast 9th Street and abutting the Loup River, establishi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: October 2, 2023

City Council’s direct input helped determine spending for discretionary projects in new fiscal year

CityCouncil

Sales Tax funds are used to fund discretionary projects in the budget, so who better to determine how they’re used than those representing the public?

Historically, City department heads always assessed and determined projects to address with discretionary funds before getting final approval from the Columbus City Council. But always looking to improve the annual budget process, City Administrator Tara ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 29, 2023

Columbus City Council meets this upcoming Monday!

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The Columbus City Council will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the Columbus Community Building.

The agenda includes hearing an update on the Nebraska Department of Transportation Reconstruction Project; reviewing a quote from Nebraska Golf and Turf in the amount of $60,000 for 10 golf carts for Van Berg Golf Course and considering the purchase of th...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 28, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

CITY GOVERNMENT 101_COMMUNITYDEVELOPMENT

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 27, 2023

Sweet deal – Columbus Senior Center fired up for October bake sale

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The Columbus Senior Center is hoping the community is feeling sweet.

Senior Center Manager Patty Laska has announced the center, 3111 19th St., will host a bake sale beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Funds raised will go to help the center offset home-delivered meal supplies and other miscellaneous supplies needed....

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 26, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW - FIRE

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 (4)

“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 and highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates.

Every City of Columbus department head was recently asked some questions in regard to their department, the current fiscal year budget and plans for their department in the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024).

DEPARTMENT: FIRE

DEPARTMENT HEAD...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 22, 2023

New state director working to push Nebraska forward in face of economic development hurdles

BELITZ ON MISSION

It’s about a 72-mile or a 1-hour-and-15-minute drive from the heart of Columbus to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development office in Lincoln for Columbus native K.C. Belitz. He should know, he does it quite often.

Belitz took over as director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development on July 5, 2023, after being appointed by Gov. Jim Pillen on June 6. He is charged with leading a team of about 100 in addressing the needs of rural and urban Nebraskan commun...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 22, 2023

FROM THE MAYOR: Welcoming Week, City budget and moving forward

MAYORCOLUMNSEPTEMBER2023

I have said it many times that the best part of being Mayor of Columbus is when I get to participate in some really special events.

 I was able to do just this when I was asked to give the opening remarks at the recent Naturalization Ceremony that was held at Central Community College-Columbus. It was truly a humbling experience to welcome these individuals as new citizens to...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Code Enforcement offers residents reminder about proper lawn care

Mowing

The City Code Enforcement team is reminding residents they’re responsible for mowing along the curb and alleyway surrounding their homes.

As City Code states: “The maintaining or permitting to be or remain on any public or private property of any of the following conditions is hereby declared to be and constitute a nuisance; provided, however, this enumeration shall not be deemed or constru...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 20, 2023

National Suicide Prevention Month highlighted during Council meeting

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City Councilwoman Hope Freshour during Monday night’s Columbus City Council meeting urged everyone to be aware September is National Suicide Prevention Month and of resources available.

“Mental health is something that we all have. It is how we feel and respond to stress and emotions …” Freshour said, noting she has lost family and friends to suicide. “We need to reduce that stigma and bring aware...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 19, 2023

City, Ag Society to make deal on Aquatic Center property

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In 1983, the City of Columbus and Platte County Agricultural Society entered an agreement for the lease of real estate to construct an indoor swimming pool on land where the Columbus Aquatic Center currently sits.

About 40 years later, the two entities are in the process of reaching a new deal.

During the Sept. 18, 2023, Columbus City Council meeting, it was highlighted the City and Ag Society in 1983 originally struck an agreement on a lease term of $1 per year for...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 19, 2023

WATCH AND READ: City budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 passes

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After a public hearing to review the City of Columbus’ annual budget for fiscal year 2023-2024, the Columbus City Council subsequently and unanimously passed it.

“This year’s budget of $89,958,549.00 represents the things we expect to happen in our upcoming fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2024. This budget covers our full-time 192 employees, along with numerous part-time and city seasonal employees,” Columbus ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 19, 2023

COUNCIL MINUTE VIDEO AVAILABLE TO WATCH ON CITY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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Want to know what happened at the Sept. 18 Columbus City Council meeting?

You can watch the latest episode of the City's 'Council Minute' video series with Mayor Jim Bulkley on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

You can also watch the full City Council meeting on our YouTube channel by clicking here...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Fall hydrant flushing coming up next week

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The Columbus Water Utility Division will begin its Fall Hydrant Flushing & Flow Testing on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023.

Residents may notice discolored water and low pressure as crews pass through their areas. The flushing and flow testing may last up to three weeks.

For an interactive map with the timetable of when crews will be in the different areas of Columbus, click he...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 16, 2023

Important facts about recent pink slip mailed from Platte County Assessor

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Have you received your pink slip sent out by the Platte County Assessor regarding the 2023 Notice of Proposed Tax Increase?

Some important facts to note:

- The City of Columbus is set to lower its property tax levy by over 7% for the fiscal year 2023-2024 when it begins Oct. 1, 2023.

- As the pink note sent out by the assessor’s office states, only entities seeking to ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 15, 2023

American pride: Community celebrates new citizens during naturalization ceremony

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Tears were shed, cheers were loud and even one little girl gleefully shouted “Yay Daddy!” as 14 people from all over the world officially became U.S. citizens on Thursday during a naturalization ceremony at Central Community College-Columbus.

The honorees ranged in age from young adult to seniors and hailed from more than a dozen different countries, including Guatemala, Iraq, Libya, the Philippines, Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam and Ethiopia.

But on this day, officials from the federal office of Un...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 15, 2023

City to make adjustments outside Community Building

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Although the parking outside the Columbus Community Building is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, the City is taking steps to address some residents’ concerns by adding more handicapped spots right outside the entrance.

During the Traffic Control Device Committee meeting held Monday, Sept. 11, in the Columbus Public Library, City Administrator Tara Vasicek suggested to the committee that two parking stalls just south of the building entrance be transformed into handicapp...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Pets saved, numerous injuries reported in late-night house fire

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Two firefighters, two civilians and two pets suffered injuries in a Wednesday night house fire that is under investigation as of Thursday morning, Sept. 14, 2023.

Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray said the department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire in the 1300 block of 1st Street about 10:27 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Upon arrival, crews found a single-family residence with smoke showing from ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 13, 2023

Downtown BID Board weighs options for potential marketing strategy

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Downtown Business Improvement District Board (BID) members are wanting to have conversations with two marketing companies they said they feel can help them better promote historic downtown Columbus and drive more people to it.

The Board, which met at noon on Sept. 11 in the Columbus Community Building, opted to have City Planning and Economic Development Coordinator Jean Van Iperen reach out to two firms they said they felt presented the best and most comprehensive marketing pl...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 12, 2023

Frankfort Square band shell spray painted

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City crews spent time Tuesday cleaning up the Frankfort Square band shell in downtown Columbus after the stage backdrop facing east was found spray painted.

Unsolicited spray paint was applied to the wall behind the stage showing a heart with an arrow through it, a name and some numbers, according to City Parks and Recreation Director Betsy Eckhardt. The Parks and Recreation director said City staff on Tuesda...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 11, 2023

Columbus Police leaders reflect on 9/11/2001

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Columbus Police Chief Charles Sherer still vividly remembers the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I recall that I was up getting ready for work that morning, putting my uniform on, watching the morning news when the national broadcast turned to the plane impacting the first tower. I sat watching, mesmerized, thinking, ‘This couldn...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 7, 2023

Downtown Business Improvement District Board set to meet Sept. 11

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The Downtown Business Improvement District Board has its next meeting coming up soon.

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the Business Improvement District Board of the City of Columbus will meet at  noon, Sept. 11, 2023, in the City Council Chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The meeting is open t...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 7, 2023

City, Centro Hispano excited for for 'Welcoming Week'

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Pop singer Taylor Swift is on “The Eras Tour,” but local nonprofit Centro Hispano and the City of Columbus are gearing up for “The Welcoming Tour.”

In collaboration with Welcoming America, a nonprofit dedicated to creating inclusivity in communities throughout the United States, Centro Hispano is hoping to focus its efforts over the next seven days working to unite the community.

“We’re so excited,” C...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 7, 2023

Freshour addresses her vote at recent Council meeting

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City Councilwoman Hope Freshour acknowledged she wishes she could have done one thing differently during the Columbus City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

During the meeting, the City Council voted 7-1 in favor of a City pay plan for fiscal year 2023-2024 that gives all city employees a 3% cost-of-living raise (all City employees for years have received an annual cost-of-living raise). You can look at the p...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 5, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: How The City of Columbus' Budget Process Works

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates....

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 1, 2023

Columbus earns special Creative Arts District designation

COLUMBUS EARNS CREATIVE DISTRICT HONOR

Downtown Columbus has earned a special Certified Creative District designation from the Nebraska Arts Council that comes with a $250,000 grant to help promote the arts in the area.

Creative Districts are “designated cultural and economic areas where innovation flourishes and neighborhoods come together in the name of art. They provide significant economic impact by creating purposeful spaces like art galleries, theatres, a...

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Columbus News
Posted on: September 1, 2023

Columbus City Council meets on Tuesday due to Labor Day holiday

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The Columbus City Council meeting will take place next week, but on a different day due to an upcoming holiday.

* PLEASE REMEMBER*
The Columbus City Council will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. TUESDAY in the Council Chamber (on the third level of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.) 
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Columbus News
Posted on: September 1, 2023

Overnight 911 service issue in Nebraska did not impact local JCC

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The Columbus-Platte County Joint Communications Center (JCC) is not aware of 911 service being an issue in Platte or Polk counties overnight Thursday, according to JCC Director Rachel Pensick.

Several counties in Nebraska did lose 911 service on Thursday night, Aug. 31, 2023, according to various reports. Among them included some of the state’s largest counties, including Douglas, Sarpy, Hall, Buffalo and Dodge.

“But we were ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 31, 2023

New episode of "Just FYI" with "Stormwater Dave" now available

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The City's newest web series, "Just FYI with 'Stormwater Dave,'" is available to watch now.

In this episode, Dave Boswell, the City's engineering project manager and stormwater expert, talks about the importance of picking up your grass clippings after mowing your lawn. You can check out the video on our YouTube channel by clicking here...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 31, 2023

Columbus Destination Business Recruitment Fund available to help entrepreneurs

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When discussing gaps in Columbus offerings, community members have expressed their desire to see more retail, entertainment and dining options open in the community. There is aid available to help entrepreneurs make that happen.

 “Along with the efforts in the downtown and with the development and growth being experienced in the community, more restaurants, entertainment venues and retail stores are needed,” City Planning and Economic Development Coordinator Jean Van Ipe...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 30, 2023

CITY ADMINISTRATOR, PART 2: Leading in Columbus

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The following chronicles Columbus City Administrator Tara Vasicek's tenure in Columbus as its city administrator so far.

NOTE TO READERS: As city administrator, Tara Vasicek oversees activities in the city office and the departments that are in charge of utilities and services; as well as the day-to-day operations of the City while implementing all plans and policies under t...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 30, 2023

State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate Ag Park barn fire

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A stable barn at Ag Park in Columbus was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday morning and is now pending a Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office investigation.

“At this time, we have not made a determination as to the cause of the blaze,” Columbus Fire Department Chief Ryan Gray said, noting the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted to investigate and help determine the...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 29, 2023

Columbus teen group aiming to build and open drive-in movie theater

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A group of Columbus teens is hoping to help make the community’s future bright by potentially launching a drive-in movie theater in town and more.

Legacy is a collective made of students from Columbus High, Lakeview and Scotus Central Catholic high schools.

“Our main push is to look at what we can do to make Columbus a place people want to come back and raise their families; live and work h...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 29, 2023

ONE MORE REMINDER: Public open house for potential downtown viaduct project happens today

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Following presentations made in Frankfort Square during Columbus Days and at a gathering of downtown stakeholders earlier this month regarding a potential downtown viaduct, the City of Columbus will host a public open house from 4-7 p.m. today.

The meeting, which was previously announced, will take place in the Community Room/Council Chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. It will begin with a brief presentation and then transition to an open house format.

Thi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 28, 2023

FROM THE MAYOR: Summer activities, City budget and looking ahead

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Columbus continues to be alive with activity.

It seems that everywhere you look there is something happening and people out and about. Enjoying an evening at the ballfields, a round of golf, a day at the Plunge, or an evening enjoying the entertainment in Frankfort Square.

Drive around Columbus and se...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 25, 2023

CITY ADMINISTRATOR, PART 1: What actually happened in York?

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The following chronicles Columbus City Administrator Tara Vasicek's tenure in York as its city administrator.

NOTE TO READERS: As city administrator, Tara Vasicek oversees activities in the city office and the departments that are in charge of utilities and services; as well as the day-to-day operations of the City while implementing all plans and policies under t...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 25, 2023

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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NOTICE OF HEARING

 

TO ALL RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA

 AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES

 

You are hereby placed on notice that the Mayor and Council of the City of Columbus, Nebraska, shall hold a public hearing in the Cit...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 24, 2023

WATCH AND READ: Congressman Flood visits Columbus Community Building

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Congressman Mike Flood back in July bragged about the Columbus Community Building while on the House of Representatives floor in Washington, and on Aug. 24, he brought a memento from the nation’s capital to the City of Power and Progress.

On Thursday, Flood stopped by the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., for an extensive tour of the building that houses City Hall, Columbus Public Library, the Columbus Arts Council, an in-the-works children’s museum and more. He also ca...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 24, 2023

Columbus Police arrest man following firearm-related incident at The Flats at 5th

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The Columbus Police Department recently arrested a man following an incident at The Flats at 5th apartment complex 2576 E. 5th St.

About 11:06 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, Columbus Police officers responded to The Flats at 5th regarding a report of threats involving firearms. CPD Capt. Doug Molczyk said officers were able to make contact with two male subjects involved. The guns ha...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 21, 2023

City’s property tax levy to be reduced to lowest in 32 years

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The City of Columbus is poised to lower its property tax levy by 7% for the fiscal year 2023-2024 when it begins Oct. 1, 2023.

City Administrator Tara Vasicek shared during Monday night’s Columbus City Council meeting that in all, the proposed 7-percent decrease will bring down the City’s levy by 2.26 cents. The proposed rate would be the lowest since 1991.

Vasicek said the decisi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 21, 2023

Columbus Fire Department celebrates 150th anniversary in style

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The late-summer heat couldn’t stop the party on Saturday at the Columbus Fire Department.

Hundreds of area residents packed the department, 4630 Howard Blvd., to help it celebrate 150 years of service.

“This gives us a chance to reflect on where we came from and where we are,” Assistant Chief Nate Jones said while manning the grill.

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 21, 2023

Columbus Senior Center garage sale on tap this week

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The Columbus Senior Center will hold a garage sale later this week.

The sale will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the air-conditioned Community Room at the Center, 3111 19th St. Items for sale will include home décor, glassware and books, as well as many ot...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 18, 2023

Your Tax Dollars At Work: Public golf courses benefit from sales tax revenue

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For years, the two municipal golf courses in town have not only provided a chance to enjoy physical activity but served as social hubs bursting with opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Quail Run and Van Berg golf courses have bred countless youth athletes while also providing outdoor recreation for local and visiting golfers of all sorts of skill levels and ages. They’re the two public courses available in town, complementing ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 17, 2023

City ready to dig in to help Columbus’ housing dilemma

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The local housing crisis has stifled the community in many ways for years, but the City of Columbus is pushing to help lead efforts in working toward a solution.

The City, with the approval of the City Council, will take $1 million out of its discretionary funds in the fiscal year 2023-2024 budget to put toward a city workforce/affordable housing subdivision. The City is aiming to develop a vibrant housing communi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 16, 2023

Men's restroom at Glur Park savagely vandalized

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Some people appear to be upset school has started back up and took it out on Glur Park’s men’s public restroom.

The men’s and women’s restrooms at Glur Park were cleaned like normal and looking good on Tuesday, Aug. 15. But shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, City officials discovered the men’s restroom at Glur Park, near the intersection of 26th Avenue and 28...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 16, 2023

Downtown viaduct project public open house set; your input sought

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Area residents will soon have another chance to hear more about the potential for a downtown Columbus viaduct and can share their input now via an online survey.

Following presentations made in Frankfort Square during Columbus Days and at a gathering of downtown stakeholders earlier this month regarding a potential downtown viaduct, the City of Columbus will host a public open house from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29t...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 14, 2023

WATCH AND READ: City mapping out upgraded pedestrian crosswalks near schools

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A City of Columbus initiative is aiming to help keep kids heading to and from school, as well as all pedestrians, a little safer in town.

The City recently installed the first Rapid Flash High Visibility Crosswalk at the intersection of 27th Street and 18th Avenue, just in time for the start of the new school year. The flashers at that crosswalk, fairly close to Columbus Middle School, Nort...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 11, 2023

Council signs off on Columbus Police getting ballistic helmets and rifle-rated shields

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The Columbus Police Department is adding to its toolbox once again to help keep officers and the community safe.

The Columbus City Council during its regular Aug. 7 meeting approved the purchase of ballistic helmets and rife-rated shields for $21,715 for Columbus PD. The purchase was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Myrtle Forsberg Trust.

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 10, 2023

33rd Avenue viaduct lights have become popular attraction

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The 33rd Avenue viaduct will be giving off Hollywood vibes this week with red, gold and white lighting in honor of the Columbus Days 2023 theme of “Lights, Camera, Action!”

“We thought it would be nice for Columbus Days,” Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said, noting the movie-inspired theme for the community celebration this week.

For a little more than a year, the 33rd Avenue viaduct uplighting feature has become a popular...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 9, 2023

Overnight storm damages tree in Frankfort Square

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Strong winds during the overnight thunderstorm damaged a hackberry tree in Frankfort Square, putting City of Columbus crews to work early on Wednesday morning.

City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said the winds ended up snapping a branch on the tree located in close proximity to 26th Avenue, splitting the whole tree in half and making it unstable while tearing down a nearby powerline.

Clint Aegerter, a meteoro...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 8, 2023

BID Board forming subcommittees to assist with ongoing efforts

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Downtown property and business owners have another chance to get involved with improvements being made to the heart of the city.

The Downtown Business Improvement District Board (BID) at its Aug. 7 meeting announced plans to create four subcommittees to help the volunteer collective stay on track and tackle its to-do list.

The subcommittees have been broken into four categories: Mar...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 7, 2023

Your Tax Dollars At Work: Memorial Stadium gets new artificial turf

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The new artificial turf field at Pawnee Park's Memorial Stadium will be ready to go just in time for prep football and soccer seasons.

City officials, including City Administrator Tara Vasicek, Public Property Director Doug Moore, Parks and Recreation Director Betsy Eckhardt and City Engineer Rick Bogus, on Monday morning walked through the field to get a final look as crews handled the ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 4, 2023

COUNCIL PREVIEW: City Council to meet at new time on Monday night

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The Columbus City Council is back in action next week, though will begin its regular meeting at a new time.

The Council is set to meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7th, 2023, in the Chamber on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The idea to move the meetings up one hour first came about in June 2023 during a Committee of the Whole meetin...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 3, 2023

Exploring options for potential downtown viaduct and pedestrian crossings

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More than 130 area stakeholders recently got the chance to learn about options for a potential downtown viaduct along 23rd Avenue.

A representative from engineering firm Wilson and Company and architecture organization Confluence led three separate meetings (noon and 5 p.m. Aug. 2nd and 9 a.m. Aug. 3rd) in the Community Room of the Columbus Community Building to give the invited down...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 3, 2023

CFD saves 15 baby turkeys in structure fire; teenage boy unharmed

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Fifteen poults (baby turkeys) and a teenage boy are safe after Columbus firefighters extinguished a structure fire on Wednesday afternoon.

The Columbus Fire Department was dispatched to the 9600 block of 11th Avenue a little before 4:20 p.m. Aug. 2, 2023, for smoke in a structure. Columbus Assistant Fire Chief Nate Jones said once apparatus went en route, dispatch advised an occupant could s...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 2, 2023

Columbus' National Night Out sparks fun and unity with first responders

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Sirens flashed, hot dogs hit the grill, a steady mix of ’80s music pumped through the speakers and plenty of people smiled during Tuesday's National Night Out.

The event, which took place outside the Columbus Community Building, is a community-police awareness-raising gathering held throughout the United States on the first Tuesday in August. The COVID-19 pandemic had put a damper on the local National Night Out...

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Columbus News
Posted on: August 1, 2023

New episode of "Just FYI with Stormwater Dave" out now

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The City's newest web series, "Just FYI with 'Stormwater Dave'" is available to watch now.

In this episode, Dave Boswell, the City's engineering project manager and stormwater expert, talks about best practices for washing your car without hurting the environment. You can check out the episode on the City's YouTube channel by clicking here.

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 31, 2023

Mayor and City Administrator meet with Columbus summer interns

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Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley and City Administrator Tara Vasicek were recently ready to answer plenty of rapid-fire questions from more than 30 area interns, with only one really catching them by surprise: “What’s a Runza?”

“What’s a Runza? It’s a sandwich made with homemade bread that is enclosed with hamburger and cabbage,” Bulkley told the interns. “It’s delicious … You’ve got to try it.&...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 27, 2023

'Itty Bitty Camp' and 'Pop-Up Rec' providing area kids chance to flourish outdoors

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Columbus youth will soon have the chance to earn “G.O.A.T. status” like Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. Well, in a way.

The City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for the grand finale of its all-summer-long Itty Bitty Camp with next week’s “G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) theme, four days of fun featuring some of the most well-rec...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 27, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: What does the City Clerk's Office do?

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates....

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 26, 2023

FROM THE MAYOR: A grand summer so far (July 2023)

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Did you make it downtown on July 8th for the ribbon cutting and open house of our Community Building? Wow, what an exciting day.

]Wow, what an exciting day. You might think that I am getting tired of talking about this - not! What a day. It began with us highlighting the accomplishments that went into bringing this awesome facility together. We thanked all of the people that played...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 26, 2023

Better together: Columbus Police, Fire and other first responders gearing up for National Night Out

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National Night Out is making its triumphant return to Columbus after a two-year absence with a massive Aug. 1st block party downtown.

Set to take place from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. this upcoming Tuesday outside the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event held throughout the United States on the first Tuesday of August. Columb...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 25, 2023

WATCH (IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH): Where's the new water utility office?

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Yes, the water utility office is open in the new Columbus Community Building. No, you don't have to travel up to City Hall on level three to pay your bill.

Watch the video of Public Works Director Chuck Sliva and Senior Office Associate Vanessa Adame on our YouTube channel. They'll show you how to find the office with ease. You can watch it by clicking here.

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 25, 2023

Strength in numbers – Back to School Bash brings out big crowd

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Organizers of the recent Back to School Bash knew based on atmosphere alone the event was a success, but the proof was in the pudding.

There were nearly 700 attendees, 344 backpacks handed out, 570 hamburgers and hot served, 19 community booths on hand and 54 volunteers.

The community showed up in grand fashion on Sunday afternoon for the Centro Hispano and Platte County T4C (Time for Cha...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 24, 2023

Mexican and Guatemalan consulates’ Columbus visit inspires hope for future

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Power and Progress were on full display recently as community leaders worked together to dazzle the visiting Mexico and Guatemala consulates.

Consul of Mexico Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes and Consul of Guatemala Billy Muñoz, along with representatives of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, were given a whirlwind glimpse into what the community has to offer its residents and th...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 24, 2023

Columbus Police seize more than 3 pounds of meth in massive drug bust at hotel

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The good and swift work of the Columbus Police Department has resulted in two arrests and a large number of drugs getting off the streets.

A search warrant executed about 11:48 a.m. on July 16, 2023, at Sleep Inn, 303 23rd St., resulted in officers recovering more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine, 200 pills of suspected fentanyl, drug paraphilia and various prescription drugs, along with a f...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 24, 2023

WATCH AND READ: Community Building's cornerstone ceremony proves special

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Men and women from throughout the state applauded grandly on Saturday from inside the Community Room to commemorate a historical occasion for the Columbus Community Building.

Mayor Jim Bulkley, Councilman Charlie Bahr, Police Chief Charles Sherer, Police Capt. Doug Molczyk, Sgt. Jaymee Levander, Fire Chief Ryan Gray and Assistant Fire Chief Nate Jones, along with many residents and visitors, watched as The Most Worship Grand L...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 21, 2023

City proud to offer Columbus teens experience serving as lifeguards

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Columbus knows them for carrying around whistles and wearing their red bathing suits, but the teens who make up the Pawnee Plunge’s lifeguard collective don’t take it lightly. Like “Spider-Man,” they know great power comes with great responsibility.

These teens have to be physically and mentally sharp at all times, going through the proper channels to earn American Red Cross certification that includes swimming 300 yards continuously using various strokes, First Aid, CPR/AED and more.

The City of Colu...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 21, 2023

Wall of Heroes, Part II: Community celebrates memorial's debut

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As longtime Columbus resident Ken Robinson looked out at the many U.S. veterans from all military branches on Wednesday, he couldn’t help but get a little choked up. His mind raced back to June 6th, 2013.

On that day 10 years ago, Robinson was on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, for the 69th anniversary of D-Day.

Considered the largest seaborne invasion in history, D-Day was the June 6, 1944, invasion of the beaches at Normandy in northern France by troops ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 20, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 - What is Code Enforcement?

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“City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Columbus operates....

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 20, 2023

Your Tax Dollars At Work: 48th Avenue undergoes massive improvements

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Once considered one of the worst stretches of road in Columbus by many, drivers are now noticing cruising along 48th Avenue from 38th Street to Howard Boulevard is smooth sailing.

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NOTE TO READERS: “Your Tax Dollars At Work” is a new ongoing series exploring how sales tax revenue helps the City of Columbus fund a variety of services, programs and projects to benefit the com...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 19, 2023

Encore! Columbus Community Building celebration to continue with cornerstone ceremony

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Two weeks after the City hosted a grand opening of the Columbus Community Building, a special cornerstone ceremony will take place this weekend thanks to The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Nebraska and its grand officers.

The ceremony, which commences at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22nd, 2023, on the third level of the building in the Community Room, is being coordinated by Grand Marshal Eric BenSalah with the help of the local lodge, Lebanon Lodge No. 323, and in particular, l...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 18, 2023

WATCH AND READ: Council OK's police chief's plan to recruit part-time officers

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Back in 1978, the Bee Gees revolutionized the disco explosion thanks to the success of the John Travolta movie “Saturday Night Fever” and their accompanying soundtrack; “The Carol Burnett Show” aired its series fina...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 17, 2023

Council reaffirms its support for 30/64 Corridor Project

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The Columbus City Council has once again officially endorsed the much-talked-about Highway 30/64 Corridor Project.

The Council during its July 5th meeting reviewed and accepted a new resolution to reaffirm its support of the project, which aims to connect U.S. Highway 30 on the Platte County/Colfax County line by heading south and end on U.S. Highway 64 in Butler Coun...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 14, 2023

COUNCIL PREVIEW: City Council to consider enabling police to hire part-time officers

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The Columbus City Council has plenty to discuss when it next meets at 7 p.m. Monday, July 17th.

Among the highlights is deciding to amend City Code by eliminating the reserve police force and establishing a part-time officer unit. Members of the Public Finance, Judiciary and Personnel Committee (Council President Beth Augustine-Schulte, Councilman T...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 14, 2023

Red-hot summer - Columbus Fire Department attending workshops to network and grow

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Many people use summer as a time to unwind and take vacations, but Columbus Fire Department officials have recharged their batteries by meeting with colleagues from around the country and letting valuable knowledge soak in.

Chief Ryan Gray and Assistant Chief Nate Jones back in May 2023 traveled to Marion, Iowa, to attend the Chief Officer Field Training Academy organized by well-known fire officials in Chief Rick Lasky and Chief John Salka. The two men have more than 80 yea...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 14, 2023

Reeder, Downtown BID Board talk untapped potential of 11th Street

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Cory Reeder has never given less than his best effort to anything he’s involved in.

The Columbus High School alumnus was a prolific youth athlete who became a standout two-sport (baseball and football) athlete at Wayne State College from 1989-1994, which cemented his place in the institution’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

He and his wi...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 14, 2023

WATCH AND READ: Balesteri looks to fulfill lifelong dream by joining Columbus Police as new officer

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Throughout his childhood, Dustin Balesteri lived in Northern California, Missouri Texas and even Las Vegas. But Columbus, Nebraska, has been different.

“It’s the first place I’ve ever lived where I can see myself being here for a long time,” Balesteri said. “There is a lot of opportunity in Columbus. The longer we’re here, the more we like it he...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 13, 2023

BID Board to explore branding downtown Columbus

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The Downtown Business Improvement District Board is going to consider the idea of hiring an outside marketing agency to help it develop a name for the area as part of a branding strategy.

The volunteer board, made of property and business owners within the downtown district, met on July 10th in a conference room at City Hall on the third level of the Columbus Community Building. Much of the meeting was spent combing over the near-200 name ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 12, 2023

El nuevo buzón de servicios de agua y la ventana de autoservicio ya están abiertos

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El nuevo buzón de entrega de servicios públicos de agua y la ventanilla para vehículos en el Edificio Comunitario de Columbus ya están en servicio.

El buzón de entrega y la ventanilla para vehículos están ubicados en el lado norte del nuevo edificio, 2500 14th St. en el centro de Columbus, en el callejón.

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 12, 2023

New Water Utilities drop-box and drive-up window now open!

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The new Water Utilities drop-box and drive-up window at the Columbus Community Building is now in service.

The drop-box and drive-up window are located on the north side of the new building, 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus, in the alley.

Please be advised the alley is a one-way only.

"You must enter off 15th Street and go south on 25th Avenue, west into ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 12, 2023

New mural in Columbus Community Building aims to highlight diversity

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An 8-by-12 mural featured prominently on the second level of the new Columbus Public Library has been turning plenty of heads and receiving lots of positive feedback.

The work, by Columbus-based artist Yaramis “Yara” Ramos Hernandez, was installed just in time for the grand opening of the voter-approved Columbus Community Building. Ramos Hernandez was on hand in early July with City Planning and Eco...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 11, 2023

City gets good feedback from independent auditor

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The City of Columbus was recently reassured its in financially sound position after receiving the results of an independent audit.

FORVIS, LLP is a professional services firm providing assurance, tax and advisory services, conducted the City’s 20...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 11, 2023

Gerrard Park scoreboards get much-needed tune-up thanks to volunteer effort

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The collaborative effort among several entities and the determination of one local man fueled the complete overhaul of the Gerrard Park scoreboards.

Columbus’ own Sean Martys spearheaded the efforts to get all of the scoreboards and controllers at the park fully operational once again after years of them being in dire need of some care.

“Some would work and some wouldn’t. ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 10, 2023

WATCH: Thank you for coming out to see the Columbus Community Building!

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City leaders and staff members were excited to see so many area residents attend the July 8th grand opening of the Columbus Community Building.

Watch the video of a special message from Mayor Jim Bulkley, City Administrator Tara Vasicek and other members of the City of Columbus staff on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Learn more about the event by reading the story, here.

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 10, 2023

'Where collaboration lives': Columbus celebrates grand opening of Community Building

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Thunderous applause could be heard early on July 8th, 2023, along 14th Street as hundreds of residents packed outside the Columbus Community Building for its grand opening.

“This is such an exciting event for us and all of you. This voter-approved, $32-million project was completed on time and on budget,” Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley said to the crowd, moments before cutting the ribbon, to many cheers. “We figured out that wor...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 8, 2023

WATCH: Local leaders cut ribbon on Columbus Community Building

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Far more than 1,000 people packed the voter-approved Columbus Community Building on Saturday morning for the facility's grand opening celebration.

Watch the video of Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, the Columbus City Council, City Administrator Tara Vasicek and other community leaders gather to cut the ribbon kicking off the festivities on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

The City will publish plenty...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 7, 2023

WATCH: Director of Nebraska Department of Economic Development talks Columbus Community Building

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Check out this video of K.C. Belitz, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) talking about the voter-approved Columbus Community Building.

In this video, Belitz also reflects on early efforts to create a community center and all the ongoing efforts in Columbus to grow the community.

Watch the video on our YouTube channel here.

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 6, 2023

City Council hosts first meeting in new downtown chamber

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The old Columbus City Council Chamber at 1369 25th Ave. served its purpose for many years, but oftentimes wasn’t the easiest for meetings. That was even more obvious when hot-topics were discussed.

“The old chamber was crowded,” Second Ward City Councilman Troy Hiemer recalled “It felt like we were on top of each other.”

Third Ward City Councilman Ron Schilling echoed that sentiment, noting how things always fe...

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Columbus News
Posted on: July 6, 2023

Changing of the guard: City Parks and Rec becomes its own department under Eckhardt's leadership

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Public Property Director Doug Moore can still remember his humble beginnings with the City of Columbus when he was just a teenager.

“I was picking up garbage in Gerrard Park when it was brand new,” Moore recalled. “I picked up garbage all over for a summer job as a kid.”

In 1979, Moore took on a full-time City staff role as a park maintenance wor...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 30, 2023

Singing with pride: Columbus City Council proud to start meetings with tribute to USA

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No matter what’s on the agenda, the Columbus City Council has historically taken pride in starting all of its meetings one specific way: A prayer to God, the singing of the national anthem and reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance.”

Despite this tradition, the routine has been slightly modified in more recent years. Before mid-2009, the City Council meetings would commence with someone pressing play on an old tape recorder of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“It served its purpose, but it ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 30, 2023

Construction on Gerrard Park tennis courts set to start July 3rd

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The process of improving the tennis courts at Gerrard Park will soon begin.

Construction crews are scheduled to start tearing down the existing courts on Monday, July 3rd, 2023, to prepare for the construction of four new dual-purpose courts for tennis and pickleball. The current tennis courts are a bit weathered and have been so...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Downtown BID Board prioritizing efficiency

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The Downtown Business Improvement District Board is looking to gather ideas for renaming the district.

The BID Board has released a free online survey to gather ideas for potentially renaming the downtown as part of its initial marketing efforts to help make it more appealing and a distinct personality. Options that have been floated around include "M...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Columbus Police and Fire departments remind residents to be safe and mindful using fireworks

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The Columbus Police and Fire departments are urging residents to use caution and be mindful of others when using fireworks throughout the next week while celebrating the July 4th holiday.

“We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but it’s paramount people follow City ordinance and be considerate of their neighbors,” Columbus Police Capt. Doug Molczyk said. “It’s important to...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 28, 2023

City readies for fun-filled open house for new Columbus Community Building

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The City of Columbus is planning for a public open house of the voter-approved Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St. The public is invited.

The celebration will take place from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 8th, 2023. It will commence with a brief ribbon-cutting event at 9 a.m. outside the front entrance along 14th Street, with Mayor Jim Bulkley, City Engineer Rick Bogus and City Administrato...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 27, 2023

American Red Cross bestows award on Columbus Fire Department

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The Central and Western Nebraska Board of Directors for the American Red Cross has honored the Columbus Fire Department for its proactive efforts in keeping the community safe.

Columbus Fire Chief Ryan Gray accepted the board’s Community Preparedness Award on the department’s behalf Friday, June 23rd, during a ceremony in Grand Island. The award stems from a partnership between CFD and the American Red Cross ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 26, 2023

Police arrest minor for alleged involvement in February armed robbery

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The Columbus Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male on June 23rd, 2023, for an armed robbery that occurred Feb. 5, 2023, at Corner Stop, 220 23rd St. in Columbus.

The name of the suspect will not be released at this time because the suspect is a minor, according to Columbus Police Capt. Doug Molczyk. It is CPD’s policy to not release the name of suspects who are minors unless convicted of a crime.

The inci...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 23, 2023

Making waves - Krepel relishes working with youth at pools in aquatics coordinator role

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The Pawnee Plunge and Aquatic Center are essentially homes away from home for Joe Krepel. His life has been tied to Columbus pools in many ways for decades.

“It’s hard not to love pools. They’re full of life; they’re exciting,” said Krepel, the City’s aquatics coordinator.

On a June 2023 afternoon, Krepel made his way around the Plunge greeting his li...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 18, 2023

Family business: Father and son appreciate working alongside one another at City of Columbus

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Longtime City of Columbus employees Shawn and Tommie Riedmiller always hoped to earn promotions, they just didn’t anticipate they would come at almost the same time and end up working so closely together.

In March, Shawn was promoted to City golf course superintendent after predecessor Keith Kline announced his retirement. In April, one of his sons, Tommie, was promoted to cemetery supervisor after Steve Wortman announced he was retiring. The father and so...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 15, 2023

Columbus Police remind public to be safe while driving through town

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Columbus Police Department Capt. Todd Thalken is urging residents to be safe driving through town and to follow the law as road construction continues on 23rd Street.

The CPD is fully aware of the driving inconveniences the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s complete reconstruction of 23rd Street has caused. But Thalken said it's important people exercise good judgment while on the road.

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 14, 2023

South portion of 48th Avenue reconstruction project progressing ahead of schedule

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The road in and out of Bradshaw Park is new, improved and once again open to the public.

A complete reconstruction of 48th Avenue south of 23rd Street down to the entrance of Bradshaw Park began in March 2023 and has progressed ahead of schedule so much so that officials were recently able to open it back up for public use earlier than antici...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 13, 2023

Cutsor hopes to inspire others to serve on committees following switch to Planning Commission

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Longtime Columbus resident Robbin Cutsor was recently appointed to the Planning Commission, which brings an end to her nine-year run on the parks board.

Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley announced Cutsor’s most recent appointment during the June 5th City Council meeting, noting she’s filling the unexpired term of Kimberly Hoefer. With permission from Council, the two-week waiting period was w...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 9, 2023

Community's free recycling program plagued by contamination issues

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Imagine emptying community recycling containers Christmas morning only to be greeted by a bag of human feces and a bunch of glass that pops up unexpectedly and cuts your face near your eye.

 Yeah, that happened to a Keep Columbus Beautiful employee on Dec. 25, 2022.

“There was a bag of poop in there,” Keep Columbus Beautiful Executive Director Vanessa Oceguera said, confirming that it was not animal waste. &ld...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 8, 2023

Downtown BID approved; board ready to push forward

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The Downtown Business Improvement District Board is free to proceed after the district was formally approved on June 5th by the Columbus City Council.

After an extensive conversation, the Council voted 6-1 in favor of approving the ordinance that allows for the formal creation of the Downtown Business Improvement District and the ability to raise funds to be used for the purposes of providing and mainta...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 8, 2023

Columbus Public Library's move to new building underway

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Don’t be surprised to see people wheeling carts of books across 14th Street throughout June.

The Columbus Public Library is technically currently closed, but staff members are hard at work as they prepare to relocate into the entity’s new home in the voter-approved Columbus Community Building.

“Even though the library building ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 7, 2023

City's commitment to its taxpayers focus of rural EMS discussion

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The City of Columbus hopes to soon free its taxpayers from paying for the cost of emergency medical services (EMS) for two rural protection districts outside of town.

On June 5th, extensive conversation was had on the subject during the Committee of the Whole session and subsequent City Council meeting.

There has been no documentation found as to why the City has provided EMS to districts outside of the city limits for ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 6, 2023

City Council meetings slated to start earlier beginning in August

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Columbus City Council meetings will start an hour earlier by the end of the summer.

The Council, which currently meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month, will shift to a 6 p.m. start time beginning Monday, Aug. 7th. It comes after City Council rules were reviewed during the June 5th Committee of the Whole meeting and ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 1, 2023

City's engineering project manager returns from DC after marching in National Memorial Day Parade

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City of Columbus Engineering Project Manager Dave Boswell is back from Washington D.C. after being one of the hundreds of U.S. veterans to march in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“It was definitely worth the trip. Not just for me, but for all the men and women who were out there,” said Boswell, a veteran of the U.S. Navy

Boswell was one of more than 350 veterans from around the country who was invited...

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Columbus News
Posted on: June 1, 2023

Columbus Police’s stop at youth car wash may help get local boy to Packers’ home game

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Two Columbus Police officers were looking to support local youth when they popped by a neighborhood car wash last weekend, but they also ended up helping a local boy get closer to seeing the famous “Lambeau Leap” in person.

Columbus Police Department School Resource Officer Josh Loontjer and officer-in-training Jayden French were on patrol one day in late May when they saw signs along 38th Street promoting a neighborhood car wash approximately two blocks away from Lost Creek...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 31, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 - Appointments and how YOU can get involved

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Your neighbor Nick serves on the park commission board; Robert, the businessman you know, is on the board of airport commissioners; your friend’s friend Erin is on the tree board – “wait, Columbus has a tree board?!” you question out-loud.

NOTE TO READERS: “City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Co...

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Posted on: May 31, 2023

Columbus Police add Pepperball launchers to their arsenal

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Columbus Police officers have another non-lethal way to deal with suspects who are acting aggressively or armed and dangerous.

Recently, members of the Columbus Police Department underwent rigorous PepperBall certification training. PepperBall launchers fire pepper irritant powder projectiles that break on impact and can disable a threat from up to 150 feet away. According to the...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 30, 2023

Columbus Fire Department debuts new incident command vehicle

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The Columbus Fire Department has recently put into service a new fire apparatus that will improve operational readiness and response safety, but don’t go looking for a new fire engine just yet.

This new vehicle is of the smaller sort. The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado that was approved by City Council in the 2022-2023 fiscal budget will be used by Fire Chief Ryan Gray and other command-level officers from the department to provide incident command an...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 26, 2023

FROM THE MAYOR: Graduations, park survey and more community happenings (May 2023)

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There are so many events that have taken place around our community it is hard to acknowledge all of them. As mayor, I am often asked to attend and sometimes participate in some of these events. And I can tell you that being a part of some of these events...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Float your boat – Community collaboration powers Loup River Water Trail creation

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Teamwork among numerous area organizations and one state agency has resulted in a new outdoor destination just in time for summer.

Recently, community leaders gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of the new Loup River Water Trail in Platte County which will give people a chance to enjoy an extensive float using boats or kayaks while taking in the views the local area has ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Councilman Jablonski defends BID, pushes for more community engagement

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City Councilman Rich Jablonski isn’t shy in sharing his love for volunteerism, as he has always taken pride in serving his community in many ways.

In addition to representing the Third Ward on the Columbus City Council since first being elected in 2010 (he was reelected in 2014 and 2018), throughout the years Jablonski has helped Columbus by taking on numerous volunteer roles.

His years of service in...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 25, 2023

'Wall of Heroes' aims to honor military and late beloved coach at Pawnee Park Baseball Field

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A beloved longtime Columbus coach and educator will forever be memorialized as part of a new veterans’ shrine when the Pawnee Park Baseball Field’s ‘Wall of Heroes’ debuts later this summer.

The American Legion Athletic Committee, of American Legion Hartman Post 84, is proceeding with its plan to have the sign spread beneath flagpoles inside the park field after some bleachers were removed, receiving a $3,000 donation from the family of late ...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Making the mural sing - Columbus designer bringing new life to Frankfort Square bandshell

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Columbus artist Yaramis “Yara” Ramos Hernandez has been all smiles this week as she’s spent hours each day under the hot sun finishing a music-inspired mural on the bandshell along 27th Avenue in Frankfort Square.

Residents have likely noticed the mural coming to life in downtown Columbus thanks to its bright pops of color and painting of musical instruments such as a guitar that has been incorporated into the handrail. All said and done, the work will also feature...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Mayor details growing concerns over rural EMS to Platte County Board of Supervisors

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On June 5th, the Committee of the Whole will consider making a recommendation to the Columbus City Council about a proposal from Platte County regarding help covering the cost of rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The County Board of Supervisors at its May 23rd meeting proposed $300,000 annually over two conditional years be paid to help cover the expenses of providing EMS services to Columbus Rural and Duncan rural protection districts, a responsibility that has f...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 23, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101: How does the Columbus City Council work? [REVISITED]

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We've decided to revisit the topic of the Columbus City Council as part of our series to help keep the public informed about how things in local government work and general interest in the topic.

NOTE TO READERS: “City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in April 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Co...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 9, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101- How does the Columbus City Council work?

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All of the governmental powers of the City of Columbus shall be vested in the City Council. But what does that mean?

NOTE TO READERS: “City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in May 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the City of Colu...

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Columbus News
Posted on: May 2, 2023

CITY GOVERNMENT 101 - What is the role of the mayor in Columbus, Nebraska?

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When the public hears the term “mayor,” people often think of an individual who is paid handsomely for serving, the head of local government who makes all final decisions.

NOTE TO READERS: “City Government 101” is an ongoing series that debuted in May 2023 that highlights different aspects of municipal government as it pertains to Columbus, Nebraska, in hopes to provide information on how the Ci...

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Columbus News
Posted on: April 17, 2023

Aquatic Center’s open hours temporarily changing April 22nd for prom

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So that its staff members can prepare for and enjoy the Columbus High School prom, the City Parks and Recreation Department has decided to close the Aquatic Center during regular hours (noon-4 p.m.) on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023.

“We wish all our staff and Columbus youth a safe and happy prom,” Parks and Recreation Manager Betsy Eckhardt said.

The Aquatic Center, 1783 10th Ave. in Columbus, will still be open from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. April 22nd for the “D...

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Columbus News
Posted on: March 1, 2023

Columbus' golf's ‘Iron Man’ – Kline retiring as City’s golf course superintendent

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After an illustrious decades-long career in the City of Columbus’ golf department, Superintendent Keith Kline is officially retiring on top May 1, 2023.

Kline, who was named Superintendent of the Year of the Nebraska Chapter Golf Course Superintendents Association of America last December, said it has been a wild ride that he has most enjoyed.

“It has been fun,” Kline said. “I need to thank everyone for al...

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Columbus News
Posted on: February 23, 2023

Pawnee Park baseball field lights to be on tonight

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Don’t be surprised to drive by Pawnee Park tonight and see the baseball field lights on.

City of Columbus Public Property Director Doug Moore said the company that installed the lights late last year, Musco Sports Lighting LLC out of Iowa, will be in town to test out the lights and see how they work.

Moore said the lights will be on starting a...

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