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Four town hall meetings remain where City of Bellevue officials will explain the new citywide trash and recycling program.They are:• Today, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at Avery Elementary School, 2107 Avery Road W.• Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Bellevue West High School cafeteria, 1501 Thurston Ave.• Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mission Middle School, 2202 S. Washington St.• Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Twin Ridge Elementary School, 1400 Sunbury Drive.Two meetings, in west Bellevue, have already been held.The meetings describe a new trash and recycling program in which Bellevue residents will be supplied with three wheeled carts — one for garbage, one for yard waste and another for recyclables. They may choose carts from a variety of sizes, all within the fee currently being paid for city trash services, although additional trash carts will cost extra.Residents will receive their new carts in April.The opportunity to select cart sizes expires Feb. 14.Residents who are unable to attend any of the meetings can watch them on the City of Bellevue’s YouTube ch... (Omaha World-Herald)
A North Franklin Township road crew, accompanied by police and two code enforcement officers, was poised to remove trash from outside 132 Bellevue St. on Tuesday morning. The owner, according to the township, has been cited numerous times for allowing garbage to pile up. The cleanup was canceled after workers found there was nothing to clean up. The day before, code enforcement officer Jarrod D’Amico stopped there to tell a resident the crew would stop by the following morning to pick up the rubbish … which was gone by sunrise. “(The residents) filled three vehicles with garbage and got it out of here (late Monday) night,” said a neighbor, who declined to be identified. D’Amico referred to 132 Bellevue as a “nuisance property,” one that he and assistant officer Matt Malik said has been cited 47 times in the 16 months or so they have been in their positions. D’Amico said there were “daily citations for a month and a half” in the summer of 2016 and that issues have continued. “We’ve given them lots of time and they haven’t budged,” Malik said. D’Amico identified the owner as Amy Work of Washin... (Observer-Reporter)
She’s a Seattle-based sculptor who divides her time between making art in her Georgetown studio, teaching at Bellevue College and working as a carpenter. Her work is both made from and inspired by found materials, so her presence at this recycling facility makes perfect sense. In 2015, as part of Duwamish Revealed—a summer-long series of art installations, performances and events celebrating Seattle’s only river—Hartwig took over a long-abandoned pump station at the water’s edge and created a work from selected refuse she collected there. “As an artist, I create work that questions the systems that we have made in an attempt to be less barbaric,” she says.While Hartwig uses found materials to explore tangled histories and cultural choices, Seattle artist Max Cleary deliberatively constructs works that become mysterious focal points of the ongoing industrial production that underpins human civilization. Straddling the genres of photography, sculpture and installation, the works combine process and abstraction with history and irony. At Gallery4Culture in April, as part of the collaborative group Caché (with artists Jackson Baker Ryan and Alex Boeschenstein), Cleary used familiar building materials and video projections to conjure up the troubling essence of new yet empty residential dwellings and offered an intriguing narrative of Seattle’s proliferating urban space. The Recology CleanScapes facility should offer tremendous inspiration to both of these artists, and their work may inspire Seattleites to think about refuse in a new way. ... (Seattlemag)
The service has not confirmed any tornadoes with the storm, but has sent investigators to northeastern Nebraska and Bellevue, just south of Omaha, where the most damage was reported. No serious injuries were reported as of Saturday morning.Omaha Public Power District, which serves Omaha and surrounding cities, reported that more than 60,000 customers without power at the height of the storms. By midmorning Saturday, about 45,000 remained without power. MidAmerican Energy said more than 2,000 customers were still without power in Council Bluffs, Iowa, by midmorning Saturday.A chance of scattered thunderstorms in the region was possible Saturday, Pearson said, but a respite from severe weather will be seen for at least the next week, which is expected to produce only sunny skies.Associated PressSOUTH CAROLINA Charleston memorial architect is chosenThe architect who designed the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Michael Arad, has been chosen to create a memorial to honor the nine worshipers gunned down in a racist shooting attack on a South Carolina church.The decision came Saturday on the second anniversary of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.Last year, friends and family dedicated 15 trees on Emanuel’s front lawn — one for each of the dead, the five people inside the church who survived the slaughter and one for the church’s congregation. This year, plaques were placed under each tree. More memorials are planned at the Charleston church. A prayer garden is under construc...
The Bellevue City Council took a significant step in changing how trash and recycling is handled in the state’s third-largest city.The council decided Monday night that a pilot program tested in two neighborhoods over the past 18 months will be expanded citywide in the next solid waste contract.Bellevue residents in the test neighborhoods were given three separate carts for trash, recycling and yard waste — and Hefty Energy Bags for plastics that traditionally haven’t been recycled (toothpaste containers, plastic bags and foam food containers, among other items).Recycling rates in the test neighborhoods have tripled. While the rest of the city recycles at a rate of 7 percent, Castle Ridge and Southern Oaks now have a recycling rate of 20.8 percent.The city’s contract with Papillion Sanitation expires in April 2018. The council’s vote on Monday will allow the city to solicit bids based on the new system.The pilot program was prompted by the recent closure of the Sarpy County landfill. There... (Omaha World-Herald)