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NIFA’s Homeownership Team Announces Top Producer and Shining Star Award Winners

NIFA’s Homeownership team recently held annual lender training meetings at the LaVista Conference Center on October 17th and at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte on October 18th. At these events, awards were presented to the Top Producers and Shining Stars. Top Producer awards are given to the top ten loan officers who originate the most NIFA loans for first-time homebuyers in Nebraska in 2015.

Work on Building to Cause Lane Closure on Havelock Avenue

The eastbound lane of Havelock Avenue will be closed from 61st to 62nd streets until at least October 20 for work on the building at 6117 Havelock Avenue. The City Building and Safety Department has declared the brick façade of the building to be dangerous, and a contractor has been hired to remove the brick material from the building face.

$586,265 HOME funds awarded for Schuyler senior housing project

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $589,265 HOME funds for construction of Kracl Meadows, LLC, a senior housing development in Schuyler, Neb. The development is located west of Denver Street and south of 22nd Street

NorthStar Financial Group celebrates grand opening of new facility

NorthStar Financial Group, LLC (“NorthStar”), a financial services holding company headquartered in Omaha, celebrated the grand opening of its second Omaha office facility after which guests were treated to tours. The new 45,000-sq. ft. facility, located at 17645 Wright St., has enough space to house 360 employees. Ground was broken in June 2015 and staff began moving into the new building in August 2016.

Administration Files Lawsuit on Property Tax Levy

The Administration of Mayor Chris Beutler today asked the District Court to issue a writ of mandamus to require the City Council to set the property tax rate necessary to balance the lawfully adopted City budget. In August, Mayor Beutler vetoed a 2016-2018 budget passed by the City Council on a four-to-three vote. The City Council did not have five votes to override the Mayor's veto. The City Charter states that because the Council did not pass another budget in the time required by the Charter and City ordinance

Nebraska Affordable Housing Tax Credit – Program Update

LB 884 (the “Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act” or the “Act”), passed during the 2016 Nebraska Legislative Session, created the Nebraska Affordable Housing Tax Credit (“AHTC”). The Act directs that the AHTC be allocated and administered in a process essentially parallel to that applicable to the Federal Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”). Pursuant to the Act, the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (“NIFA”) is charged with the allocation of the AHTC. NIFA, by law, is directed to deploy the AHTC resource in coordination with the Nebraska Department of Revenue (the “Department of Revenue”) and the Governor’s Policy Research Office (the “Policy Research Office”).

Household Hazardous Waste Collections Scheduled for Friday August 26th & Saturday August 27th

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted by bringing their household hazardous waste to one of two collection events scheduled for the month of August. The first event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, August 26th at Shepherd of the Hills Church just south of Hickman, 6901 Panama Rd. The second event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 27th at Lincoln Industries, 600 West E St. Both events are sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department with site-support provided by Shepherd of the Hills and Lincoln Industries.

REP. ASHFORD SECURES ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved an increase in funding aimed at helping homeless veterans get back on their feet at the urging of Congressman Ashford and a bipartisan group of legislators.

EPA Reaches Settlement of Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Violations with Housing Company...

EPA Region 7 has reached a settlement in a civil enforcement action against LHP, LLC, for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule in connection with renovation work done at one of its rental houses in Lincoln, Neb. As part of the settlement, the company will pay an $8,840 civil penalty to the United States.

Stormwater Bond Meetings Begin Monday

The public is encouraged to attend one of the four town hall meetings to learn more about the stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot. The meetings will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on these dates

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday April 2

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at WalMart, 87th & Hwy 2. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Mayor Announces Stormwater Meetings and Plan to Assure Matching Funds

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced several new developments on the stormwater bond issue, which is set for public vote on May 10. At the request of City Council member Jane Raybould, the City will host four town hall meetings to help citizens better understand the projects to be funded

No-Interest Loan Program Improves Homes and Neighborhoods

Zero-interest loans are available to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners through the City's Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP). The program provides loans of up to $15,000, and the monthly loan payments can be extended for as long as ten years. The loans can be used for repairs to prevent costly damage and for improvements to increase energy efficiency and to make homes more livable and attractive

Mayor Says Citizen Vote on Stormwater Bond Fulfills Duty to Protect Residents

Mayor Chris Beutler today said passage of a proposed stormwater bond issue would fulfill the City's duty to protect the health, welfare and safety of citizens. The City Council will hold a public hearing and take a vote Monday on the proposal to place the stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th St.

Mayor Proposes Vote to Fund Flood Reduction and Water Quality Projects

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he will propose placing a stormwater bond issue on the May 10 ballot to fund projects to decrease flooding and improve water quality. The City Council will consider the proposal on first reading Monday, February 22, with a public hearing and vote scheduled for Monday, February 29.

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Mayor Says User Fees Increases Help Prevent Property Tax Hike

Mayor Chris Beutler today said user fee increases helped his administration meet its main objectives for the City's first biennial budget - no property tax increase, no major program cuts and no use of one-time money for ongoing programs.

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NIFA’s Homeownership Team Announces Top Producer and Shining Star Award Winners

NIFA’s Homeownership team recently held annual lender training meetings at the LaVista Conference Center on October 17th and at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte on October 18th. At these events, awards were presented to the Top Producers and Shining Stars. Top Producer awards are given to the top ten loan officers who originate the most NIFA loans for first-time homebuyers in Nebraska in 2015.