Bike lanes will be rolling along Fort Crook Road
New bike lanes along Fort Crook Road could be available by the middle of June. Acting Bellevue Public Works Director Jeff Roberts said work will begin by early June and is expected to take two weeks to complete.
Two lanes will be reserved for bicyclists from Harrison Street to Highway 370, restricting car traffic to four lanes instead of the existing six.
Bicyclists heading north will divert from Fort Crook Road onto Railroad Avenue before crossing into Omaha because the City of Omaha has declined to permit the bicycle trail to run along 13th Street.
Papio-LV to equip schools with added security
The Papillion-La Vista school board has hired Sentrixx Security Solutions of Omaha to equip schools with additional safety features.
Sentrixx will add cameras, monitors, pass-through readers and a light indicator as part of a buzzer system for the district's 18 buildings. Each elementary school system will cost $16,334.
Carriage Hill Elementary will be the first to receive the system. It will take about a year to finish the equipment installation.
Increased school security has become a focus after the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, although the district had improvement plans in place before that. In February, schools began locking their doors after the morning bell.
That will continue until all the district's schools are outfitted with the new security systems, district spokeswoman Annette Eyman said.
Bellevue panel to consider subdivision traffic plans
The Bellevue Planning Commission will consider plans for a residential subdivision that has caused turmoil with its would-be neighbors.
The first phase of the proposed Spring Ridge subdivision includes 45 residential lots, about one-third of the 147 overall lots planned.
The City Council wants to resolve access problems so traffic is diverted from the existing Spring Creek subdivision. Spring Creek residents protested that their streets were not designed to handle the increased traffic from 147 new homes.
Ralston councilman leaving seat after 22 years
After 22 years on the Ralston City Council, Mike Gillespie is calling it a career in public service. Gillespie and his wife, Mary Jo, are moving to Idaho next month to be closer to family.
“It's been a great feeling to be a part of it and a part of that whole team effort we have in Ralston,” said Gillespie, who was first elected to the council in 1990.
The city is taking applications for someone to fill out the remaining 2½ years of the unfinished term in Ward 2.
Other area happenings:
» The City of La Vista plans to build a trail along Thompson Creek where 24 houses were demolished to solve an erosion problem. The stretch of creek runs between 72nd Street to the La Vista Falls Golf Course.
» Plans for a proposed Springfield asphalt plant have been withdrawn. The Springfield City Council delayed action on Dobson Bros. Construction's proposal earlier this month. Opponents filled the council room to standing-room-only crowd.
» A Bellevue orthodontist could become the first person to buy a portion of the 290 acres that the City of Bellevue bought for $5.8 million in 2002. Dr. Wayne Labart, who operates a clinic in Bellevue, made a $350,000 offer for 13 acres northwest of 36th Street and Capehart Road. The city earlier donated 20 acres for construction of the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home.
— World-Herald News Service