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people working together can build a stronger community
am currently the executive director of the Lincoln Area YMCA. I
moved to this community in March of this year. Being a new
resident in any town is always an interesting and informative
position to be in. I have spent the last five months meeting new
people and getting to know the agencies in this community. I am
thrilled to see so many people who care so much about the kids and
families in Lincoln. It is a joy to work with people who care.
have, however, noticed a sense of territorialism among some
agencies and others who seem to have given up trying to
collaborate and have taken their business elsewhere. In a town of
15,000 there is really no room for a solo act and no reason to
look anywhere but right here at home for expertise. This town is
abundant with resources and talents! The Salvation Army, which
does so much for families, is building transitional housing. The
Park and Rec has beautiful parks and ball diamonds. Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital is upgrading their building and looking
to open a fitness/therapy center. The newly formed Arts Council is
looking to open an art appreciation studio. The YMCA is nationally
known for its programming and health expertise. The list is
endless of those making a difference here.
a strong, wonderful collaboration it would be if we could all take
our best talents and put them together to build strong kids,
strong families and a strong community. Don’t take your business
ideas and collaborations out of town. Let’s support one another
and keep our money, resources and jobs in our hometown. I envision
a long and fruitful relationship between the YMCA, the families of
Lincoln and the existing agencies. A relationship that can only
become stronger with time when we give each other the chance to do
what we are good at.
store near Postville Courthouse would be good for Lincoln
Casey’s good for Lincoln? You bet it is. It takes nonproductive
property, "bare ground," with very low taxable income,
and turns it into $750,000 of taxable property. The city also
should generate excellent taxable income from Casey’s $1,000,000
estimated annual sales.
also has the ability to help reduce Lincoln’s very high gasoline
prices. Casey’s is by far the largest player of any of the
current gasoline marketers presently in Lincoln. Casey’s are
known to be very fierce competitors. Wouldn’t it be nice to
increase our property tax base and solve our local high gasoline
prices at the same time? Casey’s can be a salvation for us, but
we must first let them have a chance to do the job. Casey’s
operate on the smallest gasoline profit margins of all marketers
except Meijer’s and the Wal-Mart super centers, with gasoline. I
expect Casey’s, if they are given the opportunity, to open up
their Lincoln location at gasoline prices more in line with
neighboring cities and towns. Then, once they secure their desired
customer base, they will establish themselves as Lincoln’s new
gasoline price leader at gas prices all of us expect and desire.
They will accomplish this while maintaining a very clean store.
about using that property to park buses on, why can’t they be
parked around the block of the Postville Courthouse, since that
area has very low vehicle traffic? I’m referring to Monroe
Street, Madison Street and Sixth Street. How would I know? Because
I only live three blocks from there. By the way, do you really
expect to see busloads of people visiting the Postville
the zoning from R-2 to C-2 would make for highest and best use of
this property, similar to existing property in this same Fifth
Street neighborhood. This zoning change would also clean up a
much-needed area of the city, while providing financial rewards to
C. Van Bibber III
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