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Code Enforcement DivisionPh: (308) 233-3235
Kearney Police Department, Non-EmergencyPh: (308) 237-2104
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Through this portal, you have access to all of our online services for permitting. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Lisa at 308-233-3234 or Jamie at 308-233-3235.
City Code requires all residential, commercial, and industrial zoned property have a permit before erecting or replacing a fence of any type.
A house built for a single family may have one family, related by blood or marriage, live in it OR a group of four unrelated persons living together. A single-family structure does not allow for more than four unrelated persons.
The City grows as land is subdivided and annexed so the City Limit Line is very jagged and constantly changing. There is a map displayed on our webpage or in the Building/Zoning Office that delineates the City Limits.
Kearney has a 2-mile extra territorial jurisdiction that extends beyond the City Limit and the City governs all zoning, land development and building construction within that area. There is a map showing this boundary on our webpage or in the Building/Zoning Office.
• Rockets that are mounted on a stick or wire and project in the air when ignited, with or without report.• All wire sparklers are illegal.• Nighttime parachutes.• Fireworks that are shot into the air and after coming to the ground cause automatic ignition due to sufficient temperature.• Firecrackers that contain more that fifty milligrams of explosive composition.• Fireworks that have been tested by the State Fire Marshal as a response to complaints and have been deemed to be unsafe.
For more information on consumer fireworks, please visit the Nebraska State Fire Marshal website. website
City of Kearney Code, Chapter 4 Article 6 and the Nebraska State Fire Marshal website at www.sfm.state.ne.
The City has created a map for residents to look up their address to determine if they have been identified as having a lead service line, a galvanized steel service, or is of unknown material according to City records. The map can be found under Address Look-Up.
Additionally, the City has the Lead Service Line Homeowner Flyer, which will assist in helping you determine your service material.
Yes, the City is sending letters to notify residents, including landlords (when applicable), in phases. The letter will be sent to any residential property that has been identified as having a lead service line, a galvanized steel service, or is of unknown material according to City records. The City’s Phasing Plan map shows Phases 1 through 5, with Phase 1 on the west side of town.
This project will be completed in five phases over a multi-year period. Each phase is designed and anticipated to take a year, with work beginning in spring of each respective year. Please refer to the phase map to see what phase your home will be completed in. The City will be sending informational letters prior to any phase starting, giving general information and next steps.
The City of Kearney will send an initial letter to inform you that your property has been identified for an upcoming lead service line replacement.
After we receive the signed Service Agreement, an onsite visit/inspection will be scheduled for you, City of Kearney and the contractor to review the replacement process in detail and set a date and time for the work to take place. Most service lines can be replaced within four to eight hours. An adult over the age of 18 must be present during the replacement work, since crews will need to inspect the service line connection inside your home.
Following replacement, City of Kearney will restore the landscaping exterior to a level surface and provide reseeding of grass, generally within a four-month time frame.
The City of Kearney will provide a Brita water pitcher and filter certified to remove lead to use until six months after your service line is replaced and flush your water (run cold water from the kitchen or bathroom faucet for five minutes after not using water in the home for a few hours).
The City of Kearney is replacing lead service lines on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. To view when your neighborhood is scheduled for replacement, refer to the phase map. Phase 1 is starting in spring 2024 and each phase is designed to take one year, so Phase 2 will start in 2025.
To minimize disturbances as much as possible, the City of Kearney's contractors and crews are deploying a trenchless technology to replace lead service lines wherever this method is feasible. This method only requires two excavations; one at the City of Kearney watermain, typically near the street, and a second around your curb stop and/or water meter pit. Water meters may be located inside or outside of your residence. Both excavation sites will be restored upon completion of the lead service line replacement. During the onsite visit/inspection at your home, the team will walk through the specific plan for your property and any associated impacts.
Currently, there is no method to reimburse a property owner who wishes to replace their own service line. The State Revolving Loan funds that the City of Kearney is utilizing for this project has very strict guidelines on how the funds can be used and how they are dispensed. The City’s Utilities Department will work with property owners to affirm that work is completed according to the current plumbing standards.
Prior to construction the City or any contractor uses the Nebraska 811 system to have other buried utilities located in and around the construction area. This allows those digging to know where buried infrastructure is located. Nebraska 811 does not locate private lines such as underground sprinklers or buried fences for dogs or mowers. These lines will need to be located by the resident, prior to construction.
Yes, an adult over the age of 18 must be present during the replacement work, since crews will need to inspect the service line connection inside your home. Most service lines will be replaced within four to eight hours.
The service line replacement will be of no cost to the owner/tenant. Any additional work, beyond the scope of the replacement program, will be cost to the owner/tenant.
Property owners must provide safe, lighted and unencumbered access to the water meter and to the service line inside the property, including access to basement, crawlspace, wall or floor area where the service line enters the building, and move any items blocking access such as boxes, furniture, washer and dryers etc.
Any Landscaping such as lawn edging, bushes, flower planters etc. that home owner wishes to save need to be removed before the scheduled service line replacement start date.
We ask the home owner to let us know, during the onsite visit/inspection, if you have an underground lawn sprinkler system, buried dog fence, buried robot lawn mower boundary wire, or anything similar. Additionally, we ask that these lines are located in and around the construction area, prior to the scheduled service line replacement start date.
There is no cost to apply for a library card. Bring a valid form of photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or passport), as well as proof of current address (i.e. bank statement, lease, checkbook, etc.) to the main desk of the library. Youth age 17 & younger need a parent or guardian to sign them up for a card. There are no residential requirements to get a library card. Your library card allows you to check out materials, use the computers, access the internet, access our online resources, reserve a study room, reserve a meeting room, request & reserve library materials, use the bookmobile, and use our interlibrary loan service!
You may have up to 99 items checked out at one time.
Most of our materials check out for a 28-day period. Magazines, Golden Sower nominees, and new books check out for 14 days. DVDs check out for 7 days. Downloadable books give you the option of a 7-, 14-, or 21-day checkout period.
You may renew any item twice, as long as another patron hasn’t requested the item. Items renew for the same loan period length. Items also renew from the date the renewal is requested, not from the original due date.
Items may be renewed by:
The library does not charge late fines. Patrons who have overdue items may not check out until the overdue items are renewed or returned. Items may be renewed twice unless they are requested by another patron.
You will be given a receipt with a list of due dates when you check out. We offer pre-overdue notices via text message or e-mail, and overdue notices via text message, e-mail, or standard mail. These are courtesy notices and you are responsible for knowing when your materials are due. You can check the status of your account anytime by logging into the catalog with your library card number. Items returned on their due date after the library closes are considered returned on time.
If the charges on your library account are $25 or more, and there is no response to our overdue notices, your account may be sent to a collection service. A $10 fee will be assessed to your account if it is turned over to the collection service.
We will ask for replacement costs for any items that are lost or damaged while checked out. If you pay for a lost item, find it, and return it in good condition within six months, we will refund your payment. We do not accept replacement items.
We accept payment in the forms of cash, check, credit, or debit card. You may pay over the phone by calling the main desk at 308-233-3282 during library hours or you can pay online by signing into your account.
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We do ask that if you lose a book or if a book is damaged beyond usual wear and tear, that you pay the replacement cost for the item. If you pay for a lost book and it's found in good condition within six months, the library will refund the price of the book to you. The library doesn't accept replacement materials. We accept cash, checks, credit, and debit cards for payment in the library or you can choose to pay online by signing into your account.
Yes. The library has many computers available to you with internet access. We also have Wi-Fi if you prefer to bring your laptop or device. You'll need your library card barcode number to access the internet from a library computer. Guest passes for the computers may be obtained in the library if you don't have a library card.
As a borrower, you are responsible for all materials checked out on your card. This includes payment of any charges on your account. Parents or guardians are responsible for materials checked on their child’s library card. If you are 16 and older you must present your library card or a photo ID in order to check out materials and in order to access our computers. You are also responsible for keeping your contact information with the library current. If you happen to lose or misplace your library card, please let us know as soon as possible. You also need to respect the rights of other people to use and enjoy the library.
You can easily update your account information by calling the library at 308-233-3282 or filling out this online form.
Several restrictions have been put in place to help ensure the safety of patrons and staff and to comply with the Directed Health Measures issued by the Governor and the Two Rivers Health Department.
Kearney has over 27 miles of trails. A Kearney Trails Map is available free at the Park & Recreation Office, or can be viewed on this website.
KPR employs approximately 300 seasonals annually. Some of the positions include: Recreation Seasonal Positions: youth sport coaches/officials, day camp instructors, adult sport officials, lifeguards, pool cashiers, marina staff, concession attendants; Park Seasonal Positions: grounds maintenance, park ambassadors, nature barn attendants, Rock Garden Rangers, horticulture staff; Golf Seasonal Positions: golf course maintenance, pro shop, snack bar/beverage cart, cart attendant. Applications for these positions can be submitted at various times throughout the year. Age requirements for each position vary. Please call the KPR Office at (308) 237-4644 for more information.
There are multiple ways to register for our recreation programs.. We accept registration online at kprreg.org, in person at our office at 1930 University Drive, Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., or over the phone with a Visa/MasterCard by calling 237-4644,
Rentals of all buildings, shelters, pool and fields/tennis courts are taken at the main Park and Recreation Office. The Kearney Park and Recreation Office is located at 1930 University Drive, in the Ernest Grundy Tennis Center.
If you are interested in information regarding how to reserve a facility in one of the parks or checking a date for one of the facilities please call our office at (308) 233-3231. Reservations are not accepted over the phone. If you would like to reserve a facility, we can email the Rental Application to you or it can be downloaded. Please email rental form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will call to collect payment and we can secure the location for you. You can stop by our office at 1930 University Drive if you prefer to pay with a check or cash.
No, alcohol is not allowed in any City park or facility except for the Gail and Michael Yanney Pavilion and Burlington Green Courtyard. Please visit our Rental Facilities to learn about special provisions and the Alcohol Addendum Form that must be completed for approval. Vendor must provide an SDL issued by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. A uniformed off-duty office must be hired, by the expense of the renter, to be present the entire rental alcohol is present. Absolutely no alcohol can be brought in by the renter or their guests.
No, the splash pads are free to the public.
The splash pads generally open for the season on the Friday before Memorial Weekend and close on the second Sunday in September.
Harmon Pool and Centennial traditionally open the Tuesday after Kearney Public Schools is released. Harmon traditionally closes the third Sunday in August. Centennial Pool traditionally closes the Tuesday before Kearney Public Schools resumes. All open and closing dates are subject to change based of the school calendar year.
Yes, people can bring in a Jump-a-Roo for a private party or public event. A Rental Application needs to be submitted and approved so that park staff is aware that it will be in the park. If the jump-a-roo is being placed in a public park without renting a facility, there is a $25 fee. If the event is open to the public, the group making the request is required to have a $1,000,000 liability policy and name the City of Kearney as an additional insured on that policy. All groups are required to meet with staff to review where you can put the Jump-a-Roo without damaging underground irrigation. We do not allow any jump-a-roo with water features.
No, park restrooms close October 31, with the exception of the ERC Building at Yanney, Cottonmill Lodge and the Harmon Park Activity Center restrooms which will remain open throughout the winter months. Restrooms reopen in the spring based on the weather.
We offer meals for dine in or take out, reservations are required 24 in advance. Rates: Dine-In - the suggested donation for persons age 60 and over is $5.50, for persons under 60 the set rate is $7.50. Take Out- the suggested donation for persons age 60 and over is $6.00, set rate of $8.00 for persons under 60. Menus are available online at www.cityofkearney.org. Weekly menus are published in the Kearney Daily Hub every Monday.
Reservations can be made by calling 233-3278, or emailing email@example.com and can be made up to 30 days in advance.
We publish a monthly newsletter with all activities, programs, and menus. The newsletter is available online at www.cityofkearney.org. Newsletters are available at the center for pickup, or the newsletter can be mailed or e-mailed to you upon request. Weekly activities and menus are published in the Kearney Daily Hub every Monday.
Trips are published in the monthly newsletter. We also announce trips with an automated phone call to persons in our travel database. If you would like to have your name added to this database, call (308) 233-3290 and request to be added to the travel database. This will ensure that you will receive up-to-date information on upcoming trips.
Tours, presentations and ride alongs can be requested through a form available at the Kearney Law Enforcement Center or by calling (308) 233-5241.
Information on how to report complaints and commendations is available under the Office of Professional Standards page. Forms are available online and can also be picked up at the Kearney Law Enforcement Center. For more information call (308) 237-2104.
You may receive your Nebraska Criminal History background information by contacting the Nebraska State Patrol Criminal History Repository at 402-479-4971 and they will explain the procedure for obtaining the information you need.
Fingerprints are taken at the Buffalo County Jail located at 1512 Central Ave. Call (308) 233-5282 for more information. Appointment required.
Accident reports can be accessed online by clicking on the link "Accident Reports" below. Reports are also available at the Law Enforcement Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If an accident report is accessed online, there is no fee. Please note the Law Enforcement Center does accept debit or credit cards, excluding American Express.
Parking citations can be paid at the Kearney Law Enforcement Center. The office hours of the Records Office are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. There is also a drop box located in the lobby if you are unable to come in during those hours. Please note the Law Enforcement Center does accept debit or credit cards.
You must purchase a handgun permit from the county in which you reside. A form can be obtained from the Kearney Law Enforcement Center Records Office, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a fee of $5.00 due at the time of application and one form of identification, with address and date of birth, must also be presented at the time of application. The process does take three full working days and it is required that you return to the Law Enforcement Center to sign the permit once it has been approved. Please note the Law Enforcement Center does accept debit or credit cards.
An application can be picked up at the Kearney Law Enforcement Center, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or the application can also be downloaded from the City of Kearney website. In order to receive a permit a person must have an Identification Card/Driver’s License, Federal ID number, State Sales Tax Permit (depending on product) and a State Food Permit (if food is the product). The fee for the permit is $25/day or $250/annual. The annual permit will always run from January 1-December 31. The application process can take up to three working days. Please note the Law Enforcement Center does accept debit or credit cards.
Questions regarding the release of property held as evidence should be addressed through the County Attorney's Office. The phone number is (308) 236-1222 and they are located at the Buffalo County Courthouse, 1512 Central Ave., Kearney, Nebraska.
Registration can be completed on our website at kprreg.org, over the phone by calling us at 237-4644 with a Visa/Mastercard or by mailing in the registration form.
The KPR cancellations can be heard by calling the 4-INFO line at (308) 234-4636, Selection 4113 (programs and leagues) or 4114 (swim lessons). Announcements are generally posted on the KPR Facebook page as well on the KPR Weather Cancellations Button on the City of Kearney Homepage. Most field cancellations are made by 3:00 p.m. Other program cancellations are made at least an hour prior to the programs start. Please keep in mind that youth sport programs, not coordinated by KPR, will have their own method of announcing cancellations.
KPR does offer the following organized youth sports: Ponytail Softball, Kearney Team Tennis, Tiny Kickers’ Soccer, and in cooperation with the Kearney Soccer League offer the U11-14 Boys & Girls Recreational Soccer League. All other organized youth sports can be located by going to the following web sites: Little League baseball - www.kearneylittleleague.com Legion baseball - www.baseballkearney.com Girls’ competitive softball - www.kearneycompetitivesoftball.com Girls’ recreation softball - email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Soccer - www.kearneysoccer.org
The Play Kearney Play Book is printed two times a year, April-September and October-March. Play Kearney is distributed in the Kearney Hub newspaper, available at the KPR Office, City Hall, Kearney Public Library, and online at www.kprreg.org or www.cityofkearney.org.
If you have never purchased a season pass, you are encouraged to purchase early because photos of each family member will be required, and each person will receive a FOB. This will need to be done at the Kearney Park and Recreation Office as first time season pass purchases cannot be done online (only renewal can be done online).
Season passes (except babysitter passes) can be renewed online or by phone.
Don’t forget to bring your FOB to the pool with you, as it is needed to get into the pool.
Please make sure to keep your FOB as it will be used for next year too.
Lost FOBs will cost $5.00 to replace.
Mandated by Congress under the Clean Water Act, the NPDES stormwater Program is a comprehensive two-phased national program for addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges which adversely affect the quality of our nation's waters. The program uses the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting mechanism to require the implementation of controls designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washed by stormwater runoff into local water bodies.
Stormwater is collected from our streets and then flows into a separated system. This system goes untreated and flows into local waterways, carrying all collected pollution with it.
It’s a monthly fee that is charged to persons connected to either municipal water or sanitary systems or both. The owner, occupant, or person who is responsible for the payment of water and/or sewer service shall be jointly and severally responsible for the payment of this surcharge fee. It pays for the City’s current stormwater system and annual maintenance costs. This helps to prevent and correct runoff problems in Kearney. The fee is $2.00 per month for residential properties and $6.00 per month for non-residential properties.
City ordinance No. 8127 has a lot of good information about the stormwater surcharge. You can find the Municipal Code at www.cityofkearney.org.
The City of Kearney has more information in the Stormwater Management section of the Public Works Department located at www.cityofkearney.org. Stormwater Management
The hardness of the municipal water supply requires that most softeners be set at 19 grains per gallon.
The City of Kearney does offer drop-off sites for residential recyclables including rechargeable batteries and cell phones at the Public Works Building drop-off site at 1919 15th Avenue or at the Recycling Center at 3007 East 39th Street. If residents want to recycle their used electronic devices they should ask the retailer selling the new product. Some retailers offer recycling of electronics for a fee.
No, there are brown containers for yard waste. Yard waste containers are emptied once a week, April through the third week of November.
Section 5-211 of the Kearney City Code Collection Regulations: Use of Assigned Property. “It shall be unlawful for any person to place, or permit another to place, any garbage or trash in any receptacle, at any refuse collection point or in any garbage container used in the city container collection service, unless the garbage, trash, or refuse is from the premises served by the container or from the premises at which the container or collection point is located.”
Extra trash should be carefully transported to the Landfill and disposed of there for the appropriate fee.
Residents who observe unlawful use of the refuse collection containers should call the Police Department at 233-5250 with the description of the person using the refuse container unlawfully and that person’s vehicle description.
The following holidays affect the residential Sanitation/Refuse Collection Schedule by delaying the refuse/trash collection one day. Example, residents normally scheduled for a Monday trash collection will have their trash collected on Tuesday: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, both Thursday and Friday Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Please notice that the City does not take off for Columbus Day OR Arbor Day and the Sanitation/Refuse collection schedule is not changed for these holidays.
Please call the City of Kearney Public Works Department at (308) 233-3218 to report an issue with a street light.
Weather permitting means that if it is unusually cold or if the City receives a late snow in March or April, yard waste collection may begin later than the first week of April. OR if the City receives an early snow in October or early November yard waste collection may end sooner than the week before Thanksgiving. WATCH FOR NEWS RELEASES announcing the beginning and end dates for yard waste collection.
Container storage: Residents are encouraged to store their yard waste container over the winter months in order to save the Sanitation Division the time consuming task of hauling the containers in to the storage yard.
Yard waste billing: The City does not charge the monthly bill for yard waste collection over the winter months of November, December, January, February or March.