Public Service

Public Service Department

Public Service Department photoWesley A. Meyer
Director


Location

Public Service Department
1402 North Jeffers
North Platte NE 69101
Telephone: (308) 535-6700
Fax: (308) 535-6713

Hours of Operation

Business Office

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Public Service Holiday Schedule

The dates listed below indicate when the Public Service Department will be closed. For holiday weeks, except Thanksgiving, refuse collection may be accomplished on a day either earlier or a day later than their normal pick-up day. During the holiday week of Thanksgiving, collections may be two days early. Citizens should make sure their trash receptacles are in place for pick-up accordingly.

Public Service Office Holiday Schedule
January 1 Happy New Year! CLOSED
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr. Day CLOSED
Third Monday in February President’s Day CLOSED
Last Monday in May Memorial Day CLOSED
July 4 Independence Day CLOSED
First Monday in September Labor Day CLOSED
November 11 Veteran’s Day CLOSED
Fourth Thursday in November Happy Thanksgiving CLOSED
Fourth Friday in November Happy Thanksgiving CLOSED
December 25 Christmas Day CLOSED

Contact Information

Telephone: (308) 535-6700
Fax: (308) 535-6713

Where to go for…

  • Questions regarding sidewalk or driveway replacement should be directed to City Engineering at (308) 535-6724, extension 3220 or 3221.
  • Questions regarding abandoned or junk vehicles should be directed to the North Platte Police Department at (308)535-6789.
  • Nuisance violations such as grass/weeds or other nuisances should be reported to Code Enforcement at (308) 535-6724, extension 3218 or 3242.
  • Questions regarding street lighting should be directed to Municipal Light & Water at  (308) 535-6740.

Services & Divisions

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The City of North Platte has a household hazardous waste facility at 1308 N. Sycamore which will be open the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month for the acceptance of household items such as paint, pesticides, herbicides, and cleaners.

Only residents of Lincoln County are allowed use of this facility. Hours are 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.

For other recycling needs, call KNPLCB (Keep North Platte/Lincoln County Beautiful) at 534-8100 or the North Platte Public Service Department at 535-6700.

Items accepted at HHW Collection Facility:

  • Auto Fluids: automatic transmission fluid, brake fluid carburetor cleaner, car wax, fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene)
  • Bug sprays
  • Batteries (car and general)
  • Car wax
  • Engine degreaser
  • Floor care products
  • Fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene)
  • Pesticides including: fungicides, insecticides, & herbicides
  • Furniture polish & metal polish with solvent
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Moth balls
  • Paints/Primer/Turpentine/Varnish
  • Rat poison
  • Solvent-based glue
  • Electronics- for .40 per pound fee
  • Fluorescent light bulbs

All items must be dropped off in a closed container, weighing no more than 50 pounds or 5 gallons.

Call our offices if you do not see your item on this list.

Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful (KNPLCB)

Our MissionThe mission of Keep North Platte & Lincoln County Beautiful (KNPLCB) is to educate and interact with the community about environmental issues; and to coordinate beautification, litter cleanup and waste minimization resources for the betterment and benefit of our community.
BackgroundThe organization is a local, state and national award winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Established in 1978, the main goal is to eradicate litter and to beautify the community through partnerships with business, organizations and individual volunteers.
Goals

  • The Mayor and City Council and the Lincoln County Commissioners instruct KNPLCB to address the following needs:
  • Involve the public in the business of maintaining a clean environment and promote public pride in the community.
  • Incorporate “care of the earth” activities in school curriculums.
  • Maintain and expand organization, government and business partnerships to a litter-free and beautiful landscape.

For more information regarding programs and volunteering contact:
Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful

715 S. Jeffers, Suite 2
North Platte, NE 69101
308-534-8100

Protect Our Environment

Sanitation Division

Sanitation Supervisor – Tony Amos

Waste Collection

The Sanitation portion of the Street/Sanitation Division is in charge of the collection of residential solid waste from approximately 8,600 residences, as designated by City Code, and the operation of the City Transfer Station – Composting facility. For further information please call 535-6700.
The City collection system includes operation for:

  1. Weekly household waste collection from city supplied 90 gallon wheeled container(s). All household waste must be placed in provided container(s).
  2. Weekly yard waste collection from city supplied 90 gallon wheeled container(s). All yard waste must be placed in provided container(s), except at peak spring and fall yard cleanup times. During those peak cleanup times, excess yard waste may be placed in two-ply degradable paper bag(s) and placed beside the yard waste container for collection. Yard waste may never be placed in plastic bags for collection. during the period December 1st through March 31st each year, yard waste only containers may be used for mixed waste.
  3. Tree debris and brush collection. City crew(s) normally make one round of collection in three or four weeks. The tree debris, brush – branches should be placed beside the residence’s city provided 90 gallon container(s) for collection. If the residents have too much tree debris, brush or tree branches to place at the alley by their container(s), it may be placed at street side for collection. If the tree debris, brush or tree branches are placed at the street side for collection, the resident should call 535-6702 to notify the Sanitation Division. At no time should the resident block the street or alley with tree debris, brush-branches.Chips collected from tree debris, brush-branches are available to the public at no charge if you load or a $25 fee if the Transfer Station loads them. Chips are located at the City Transfer Station, 3320 West North Lake Rd.
  4. Bulky trash collection. City crews normally make a round of the city every three to four weeks. The bulky trash should be stacked or placed neatly beside the residence’s city provided 90 gallon container(s) for collection. The only bulky trash items that will be collected are:
    • Furniture such as chairs, tables, couches, hide-a-beds, etc.
    • Mattresses, box springs.
    • Carpet and linoleum rolls.
    • Railroad ties, landscaping timbers, posts and poles no more than 10 feet in length or 12 inches in diameter.
    • Fencing materials such as posts, wire fabric, wood slats and supports.
    • Vehicle parts such as fenders, grilles, hoods, trunk lids, doors, seats, tires, wheels and drive train components. No whole vehicles.
    • Totally empty cleaned barrels and steel drums.
  5. Appliance collection. City crews normally make a round of the city ever three or four weeks. Appliances should be placed beside the residence’s city provided 90 gallon container(s) for collection. All doors on appliances must be removed or made inoperable prior to set out for collection.
  6. The City will pick up clean concrete from residents on a call-in basis. Resident should place concrete near the city provided 90 gallon container(s) for collection. If the resident has too much to place near the container(s), it may be placed street side. At no time should the resident block the street or alley.

(All households must have at least one household waste cart.)

With two carts or more, all services listed in #1 through #6 above are provided

With one cart, all services except #2 yard waste collection are provided.

Shop Division

Shop Supervisor – Michael Chrisman
535-6704

The Shop Division has the following responsibilities:

  1. Maintenance and repair for all city vehicles/equipment.
  2. Maintenance and repair of all city communications radios, civil defense sirens .
  3. The purchase and distribution of all fuels, except for the golf course and minor purchases at Municipal Light & Water.

Street Division

Street Supervisor – Steve Mentzer

The Street portion of the Street/Sanitation Division handles most street and alley related maintenance.  For further information call 535-6700.

  • Paved Streets
    Crews periodically patch potholes, seal cracks and do major removal – replacements.  Some of this work is accomplished with city crews and some is accomplished by contracted firms.  Phone 535-6700.
  • Unpaved Streets
    Crews periodically grade – gravel unpaved streets.  Generally grading is accomplished after the city has received some type of moisture; i.e. rain.  Phone 535-6700.
  • Alleys
    Maintenance to alleys is generally accomplished through call-in and from reports from city crews.  Phone 535-6700.
  • Street Traffic Signs
    Maintenance, installation and repair of street traffic signs such as street markers, stop signs, speed limit signs, etc., are handled by the street/traffic personnel.  Phone 535-6700.
  • Street Traffic Signals and School Warning Lights
    Maintenance and repair of street traffic signals and school warning lights are handled by park electrical/electronic maintenance personnel.  Phone 535-6706.

The City Transfer Station – Composting operation is located approximately seven miles south and west of North Platte, just west of the inlet to Lake Maloney. Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For questions about this operation, you may call them directly at 535-6710 or contact the Public Service Office at 535-6700.

The following services are offered at the City Transfer Station:

  • acceptance of waste for transfer to a licensed landfill;
  • acceptance of totally separated yard waste for composting;
  • acceptance of totally separated asphalt/concrete/brick rubble;
  • acceptance of totally separated lead-acid batteries for recycling;
  • acceptance of totally separated appliances for recycling;
  • acceptance of tires for recycling;
  • acceptance of used oils placed in 1 gallon plastic containers for recycling.
Fees at the Transfer Station-composting operation are:

Waste to be transferred per ton
Minimum Charge
$50.10
$20.00
Waste to be transferred per ton
(for haulers over 15,000 tons per year
Minimum Charge
$47.00
$20.00
Yard waste for composting per ton
Minimum Charge
$15.00
$7.50
Clean asphalt for grind per ton
Minimum Charge
$15.00
$7.50
Clean concrete per ton
Minimum Charge
$15.00
$7.50
Additional charge per tire, with rim $ 10.00
Additional charge per tire, without rim $ 6.00
Additional charge per each refrigerant appliance $ 25.00
Tree debris from contractors/businesses per ton
Minimum Charge
$35.00
$17.50

The following items are for sale (when available):

Composted yard waste for sale per ton $7.50

North Platte CemeteryNorth Platte Cemetery Picture
The Public Service Department is responsible for the management of the North Platte Cemetery located on West Rodeo Road (Highway 30). Lyle Minshull, Director of the Parks/Cemetery Division has charge of the day to day operation of the cemetery. At present the cemetery is on 30 developed acres, with an additional 15 acres undeveloped for future needs. In the late 1860’s this area (previously Fourth and Locust Streets) was considered the outskirts of North Platte. At a meeting held on December 13, 1872 the North Platte Cemetery Association was established and five acres of land were purchased at a cost of $20 per acre. A second meeting was held on June 13, 1873, and the plot of land north of Rodeo Road was divided into lots, which were offered at $10 each.
In 1884, an additional 10 acres was purchased next to the first 5 acres from Mrs. William F. Cody. Prairie fires destroyed the plantings in the cemetery several times. In 1913, the North Platte Cemetery was fenced. A turf maintenance program has been established in recent years and underground sprinklers have been installed.
The cemetery has many markers and monuments with historical significance.