As the growing and mowing season progresses, City staff occasionally receives complaints and/or takes notice of mowed grass being blown into the street. Doing so is a violation of Plattsmouth Municipal Code-Section 6-320. This city code was/is intended for public safety and to ensure maximum operation of the sewer system. Relevant sections of the ordinance are:
SECTION 6-320: UNLAWFUL ACCUMULATION OF DIRT OR OTHER MATERIAL: It shall be unlawful for any person to allow the accumulation of any dirt or other material upon the city streets.
SECTION 6-401: VIOLATION; PENALTY: Any person who shall violate or refuse to comply with the enforcement of any of the provisions of this chapter set forth at full length herein or incorporated by reference shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $500.00 for each offense. A new violation shall be deemed to have been committed every 24 hours of such failure to comply.
Thank you for keeping our streets clean.
Pool to Open on Time Thanks to Local Companies
When the City of Plattsmouth issued a water emergency after the historic flooding this year, it looked like the city would not be able to fill the Twin Rivers Water Park pool for the summer. Thanks to several local companies, the community will be able to enjoy the outdoor water park after all!
Roger Schmidt of Liquid Trucking offered to truck the water to the pool, and Robert Meisinger of FastGrass is providing the well water. The water had to meet the state standards for water quality before it could be approved for use in the pool.
The water is being trucked and pumped into the swimming pool at Twin Rivers Water Park. Liquid Trucking is providing the trucks. The well water, provided by FastGrass, is being delivered through a 400-foot long pipe that reaches from 18th Street to the pool. The pipe was bought by Terry Kerns of Kerns Excavating. Piping the water from 18th Street was necessary because of the risk of the trucks damaging the parking lot at the water park.
The City of Plattsmouth and the community thank OFC Schmidt Liquid Trucking, FastGrass, and Kerns Excavating for helping to provide a safe and fun summer experience for children and families.
On March 14, the City of Plattsmouth declared a Water Emergency. All non-sanitary, non-essential use of water was ordered to be discontinued because the Plattsmouth Water Treatment plant had been inundated by rising flood waters.
On March 20, the City's Public Works Director issued a Water Emergency Order to supplement the Water Emergency Declaration. The City is requesting a voluntary reduction of 30% for all residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional water uses.
The City is prohibiting the following uses: irrigation of lawns and other landscaping; washing down of driveways and similar such outdoor uses; operation and filling of swimming pools; washing of vehicles; and operation of commercial car washes. The City is also requiring that restaurants serve water upon request only and that they use single serving table settings and glasses.
The City's water supply remains safe to drink. Plattsmouth has an emergency connection with Cass County Rural Water District No. 1 to provide water on short-term, restricted-use basis. Customer cooperation is appreciated.
Tips for conserving water:
Prefer to use the shower, not always a bath.
When brushing your teeth, close the tap.
Put out a rain barrel. Capture rain water and use it to water plants.
Use a bucket to clean floors.
When soaping in the showers, close the shower gap.
Use the washing machine fully loaded, not half full.
Prefer to use a dishwasher to do the dishes.
When doing dishes by hand, don’t leave water running from the tap.
Use a bucket and sponge to clean the car.
Use the correct water saving button on the toilet.
When drinking from the tap, close the tap when done.
Water plants with a watering can filled with water from the rain barrel.
When you drink water from a glass, fill the glass only with the water you will drink.
If you don’t drink the full glass of water, use the remainder to water a plant.
Use the water you don’t drink for later.
Double check that the faucet is completely off when leaving the bathroom.
Don’t go to the bathroom unless you need to go.
Fix broken toilets and leaky faucets.
Take short showers.
When turning the shower on and while waiting for the water to heat up, stick a bucket underneath to capture the water. Use the captured water to fill your toilet tanks.
Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heaps up.
Test toilets for leaks.
Use good old soap instead of shower gels for bathing. Gels require extra water for rinsing.
Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and save gallons.
If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
Use a showerhead you can shut off. They are easy to install and save up to 750 gallons a month.
If you need to replace a toilet, consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
When washing your hands, turn off the water while you lather.
Consider using a hand sanitizer rather than washing with water.
Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s inexpensive, simple, and can save 140 gallons a week.
See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
Adjust the lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches or more. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways.
Water coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.
Use bottled water for drinking.
If your business has a water cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.
Water audit your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor utility bills to gauge monthly consumption.
Research and implement rainwater harvesting techniques.
Close the tap while brushing your teeth.
Do not let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables.
Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water indoor plants.
Rinse your razor in the sink.
Rather than a brick, put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank. Bricks may break up and the sediment may harm your toilet.
Keep bottled drinking water in the fridge.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.
Reuse your pasta cooking liquid.
Shrink your lawn.
Try not to use the hose for two days after a rain.
Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Don’t forget to close the tap before going to sleep.
Take a water bottle to school. At the end of the day, any leftover water can be poured onto plants.
Fair Housing Notice
The City of Plattsmouth is committed to promoting Fair Housing efforts through fair and equal housing opportunities for its citizens.
Fair Housing is the right of all people to have safe, decent housing and be able to get this housing without discrimination. City, State, and Federal Fair Housing Laws require that all people have an equal opportunity to buy, rent, or live in housing. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions. Read more about practices which are prohibited.
Welcome to Plattsmouth!
Founded in 1854, we are one of Nebraska’s oldest cities. Plattsmouth is rich in history and culture. Situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Platte rivers, Plattsmouth has a place in the discovery of the west. The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery passed the mouth of the Platte River, just north of what is now Main Street Plattsmouth, on July 21, 1804. Our City seal reads “Honor the Past, Plan for the Future.”
Plattsmouth proudly offers a full range of excellent city services, including police; volunteer fire and rescue; public works which includes water, sewer, streets, parks, and grounds/facilities maintenance. So that we are prepared for the future, we recently expanded the fire and rescue department with a $1.7 million expansion that includes meeting rooms, a kitchen, and sleeper rooms. Our new $5.7 million Senior and Community Center serves more than 1,000 local area citizens who visit more than 12,000 times per week. Twin Rivers Water Park, Rhylander Park, Garfield Park, Memorial Park, and all other parks/recreation facilities and our excellent library add services and lifestyle qualities so that Plattsmouth’s citizens and our visitors have superior places to live, work, and play. In 2011, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman presented the Showcase Community Award to Plattsmouth for outstanding efforts in the areas of economic development and community revitalization.
We encourage you to use this website to learn about Plattsmouth and to communicate with us.
City of Plattsmouth
136 N. 5th St.
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Phone: (402) 296-2522 ext 301
Fax: (402) 296-3600