Talking Infrastructure

April 22, 2010 at 11:50am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

When Lincolnites talk about Lincoln’s “infrastructure” problems, much of the focus tends to be on roads. Roads are, after all, a particularly visible and tangible component of Lincoln’s infrastructure system. But there are other pieces as well, including power distribution, sewers, and water lines. The latter needs $133 million in work over the next 25 years, according to one estimate.

Does that number surprise you? It probably shouldn’t. We haven’t exactly been throwing cash at our water lines.

Look for various water-related fees to increase—perhaps markedly—later this year. And, of course, look for the ensuing public discussion to get heated. Start educating yourself now on the topic so you can respond with knowledge rather than a knee-jerk.

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Karin Dalziel April 22, 2010 at 1:42pm

After talking to other people throughout the country, I’ve realized our water and electric (not sure about gas) rates are super low. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go up.

Gene April 22, 2010 at 1:58pm

For a city of this size, and considering it’s spread out over 25 years, $133 million doesn’t sound totally unreasonable.

holy hannah April 22, 2010 at 5:15pm

I think we need to make an investment in updating our infrastructure. People like to talk about growing Lincoln or developing Lincoln, but there is a need to maintain what we already have. It doesn’t matter whether it is roads, sidewalks, water lines, electrical lines, parks, libraries, etc. It is our obligation to make sure adequate funds are available for upkeep - even it means increased rates or taxes.

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