Hard Water Notice
Warranty work of the lime softening/clarifier basis at the Plattsmouth Water Treatment Plant will take place from October 16 until November 3. As a result, Plattsmouth's water will be harder than usual. This will include Cass County Rural Water District 1 and S.I.D. 7 (Swallow Hills).
Hard water is caused by naturally occurring minerals and does not pose a health risk. The City of Plattsmouth assures that water will continue to be tested on a regular basis. However, hard water can cause spots on glasses and fixtures. These spots can be minimized by hand washing dishes or towel drying dishes immediately after the dishwasher's rinse cycle.
For additional information, contact the Water Department at 402-296-2176.
Hard Water Helpful Hints
If whites become discolored, do not add bleach. You may try a product such as Iron Out, but always read the label before using such a product. Lemi-Shine also seems to work well.
For glassware that is already spotted, soak them in white vinegar for 5-10 minutes.
You'll notice the difference the most in appliances that heat water. You may see a hard water film on top of coffee makers and spotting in dishwashers.
Free Radon Testing Kits
Radon is a radioactive gas that can build up in homes and cause lung cancer. To determine if your home is at risk, Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness has provided free radon testing kits to City Hall for distribution.
Indoor radon levels depend upon the concentration of radon in the soil, the number of available paths into the building, and the strength of forces drawing radon into the building. Levels can vary greatly in the same town, on the same street, and from house to house.
Prolonged exposure to high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer – radon’s only known health effect. Radon is considered to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon causes about 14,000 deaths per year in the United States.
Ask for a free radon testing kit from City Hall while supplies last.
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.
Use Both Lanes to Merge on US-34/75
Since November 5, motorists traveling on US-34/75 in the area of the Plattsmouth to Bellevue North construction project have seen a series of signs asking them to "Use Both Lanes to Merge." This process is known as a "late or zipper merge" and is used when traffic is reduced from two lanes to a single lane according to the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR).
A "late or zipper merge" occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in "zipper" fashion into the open lane. This type of merge works best for situations where reoccurring backups are expected. This merge will be required from November 2016 until spring 2019 while lanes and bridges are rebuilt on US-34/75. Read the full news release here.
NDOR reports that work on southbound lanes between Fairview Road and the Platte River should be completed in fall 2017. "Railroad viaduct work includes replacing pavement/bridge approach sections and repairs to slope protection, continued construction of secondary and county roads off the freeway system, and ramp construction at the US-75 and Fairview Road interchange and the new US-34/US-75 interchange." In 2018, head-to-head traffic will shift onto the new southbound lanes while the northbound lanes are constructed.
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