City Hall: More roundabouts, recycling savings and shopping center improvements | Local Government

City Hall: More roundabouts, recycling savings and shopping center improvements | Local Government

“From a standpoint of community policy — it’s safer, quicker, more efficient and I saved you money. Those three are usually good things in the scheme of life,” Shafer said.

A few years ago, some motorists who frequented 14th and Superior streets weren’t buying it. The city is now doing another analysis of the intersection, said Dan Carpenter, interim manager for traffic engineering.

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Economic recycling

Standardized recycling bins and fewer — but larger — recycling sites made a difference, city officials say.

A new two-year, $2.2 million contract with Husker Refuse to collect the city’s 7,500-some tons of recyclables residents drop off each year will save the city about $2 million, according to Donna Garden, assistant director of utilities. It was the lowest of four bids.

For years, the city had 19 collection sites with all different bin sizes that required different trucks to transport different bins. A few years ago, the city decided to buy one size bin, reduce the number of sites and install surveillance to reduce illegal dumping, she said.

The city has finished three of the large sites: Near Lincoln East High School, on North 48th and Superior streets and near Lincoln High. One in southwest Lincoln near 27th Street and Tamarin Ridge Road is under construction. The location of the fifth one has yet to be decided, Garden said.