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Adams Street paving project closure update

Adams Street paving project closure update


GRAND ISLAND, Neb.— The City of Grand Island Public Works Department announces the additional closure of Adams Street north to Church Road will begin Wednesday, March 1, and will be closed until mid-July.  Construction during this closure will include the removal of existing pavement, installation of storm sewer, and relocation of other utilities. Additional lane shifts on Stolley Park will occur during this period for handicap ramps and traffic signal installation at the Adams Street intersection.


Hall County School District 2, also known as Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS), is constructing a new Starr Elementary School and additions to Barr Middle School. Upon completion of the construction projects, it is anticipated increased pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic will be present on and near Adams Street between Barr Middle School and the new Starr Elementary School. GIPS has offered to equally share with the City of Grand Island the cost of improvements in this area so as to better and promote traffic and pedestrian safety.


The Adams Street Paving Project will consist of removal of approximately 1250 feet of existing Adams Street roadway north of Stolley Park Road and replacement with concrete pavement. The project consists of widening the roadway from 24 feet to 37 feet for a three-lane section of roadway with improved drainage and elimination of the ditch section. An extension of trail and sidewalks will also be constructed with this

project. Furthermore, Grand Island’s first roundabout will be installed at the Starr and Barr entrances to Adams Street to promote safe pedestrian and vehicle traffic. A traffic signal at the intersection of Adams Street and Stolley Park Road will also be included as part this project.


The Adams Street paving project was made possible by a June 14, 2016, interlocal agreement between the City of Grand Island and GIPS. Diamond Engineering was awarded the construction contract on December 13, 2016. The total current construction cost of the project is $1,050,993.15 which will be split by the City of Grand Island and GIPS.


For more information on the roadway project, and other Public Works projects, visit the projects webpage at www.grand-island.com/2017projects. The Public Works Department can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GI.PublicWorks and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/GIPublicWorks



Wendy Meyer-Schmidt

Public Information Officer

100 E. First St., Grand Island, NE  68801

308-385-5444 ext. 148



INFO now thru mid-July, Grand Island

Grand Island Fire Department Receives Top Rating

Grand Island Fire Department receives top rating from Insurance Services Office


GRAND ISLAND, Nebr.—The City of Grand Island Fire Department (GIFD) has received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) top rating of Class 1. The Grand Island Fire Department was previously rated as a Class 3.   


The Class 1 rating has been achieved by less than 1 percent of fire departments nationwide. Prior to the Grand Island Fire Department, there were no Class 1 fire departments in Nebraska. The ISO currently evaluates 46,042 fire departments in the United States with only 241 fire departments earning a Class 1 rating. 

            Fire Departments in the United States are rated by the ISO to determine a Public Protection Classification (PPC) for individual cities. This rating is published by the ISO and used by insurance companies to determine insurance rates. The ISO develops a PPC number on a scale from 1 to 10, with one being the very best and 10 representing less than minimum recognized fire protection. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC. 

When the ISO evaluates a fire department’s capabilities it uses a system called the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). The FSRS considers three main areas of a community’s fire suppression capabilities including emergency communications, fire department, and water supply. 

The key elements evaluated for a fire department include response capabilities, adequate staffing of fire personnel on fire engines and ladder companies, fire station distribution, equipment and apparatus, training, water supply, organizational structure, communications and building/fire prevention codes and enforcement. Recently the FSRS added a community risk reduction section that gives additional credit for fire prevention, public education, and fire investigation programs.

The GIFD made several changes since the last ISO evaluation in 2012 that warranted the top rating achieved by the department. One change was in the area of personnel. Since 2012 the GIFD has added two life safety inspectors, created the shift commander position, and changed the minimum staffing level. The cost associated with these personnel changes were largely offset by restructuring the department which involved the elimination of a division chief position. In addition to the personnel changes, the GIFD purchased a second aerial quint and was awarded a $533,364 Homeland Security grant to help purchase a training tower. Furthermore, the department also strengthened its inspection, education, and investigation programs.     

Fire Chief Cory Schmidt said, “The improved rating was made possible because of the hard work and dedication of not only our department members but also the water department and dispatch center.  Without the overwhelming support we have received from the current and past mayors, city administrators, council members, and most importantly the residents of Grand Island, this rating wouldn’t have been achieved.  I’m extremely proud of the transformational work taking place at every level in our department. The ISO rating affirms that the GIFD is one of the best fire departments in the nation. 

The new PPC rating will become effective July 1. As a result of the improved ISO rating, property owners in Grand Island are encouraged to check with their insurance companies to see how the new rating will affect their insurance rates. 


The GIFD is made up of 70 dedicated men and women and are an all-hazards department that responds to a variety of emergencies such:  fires, medical calls, hazardous materials, confined space, vehicle collisions, technical rescue, and aircraft incidents. The department responded to approximately 5000 emergency calls in 2016.        


For more information about the GIFD, go to www.grand-island.com/fire, www.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment, or www.twitter.com/GIFireDept.






Wendy Meyer-Schmidt

Public Information Officer

100 E. First St., Grand Island, NE  68801

308-385-5444 ext. 148



INFO now, City of Grand Island

YMCA Sand Volleyball

YMCA Sand Volleyball at Superbowl. 1st session is June 15-July 6, 2nd session is July 13-August 3. Adult co-ed teams. More info at giymca.org.

From: Mary Hollowell

Your Phone Number: 3083959622

This email was sent by maryh@giymca.org

INFO 2 sessions (see below), Superbowl in Grand Island



(402) 462-3247

Held at the fairgrounds, Fairfest is the place to be each July.

The event boasts concerts by top notch musicians and smash'em up demolition derbies. Plus carnival rides, free entertainment, a senior citizen day and as any great fair should have, a variety of food vendors. 

For entertainment and schedule details please visit adamscountyfairgrounds.com. 

INFO month of July, Hatings fairgrounds

Three Dog Night

Rock legends Three Dog Night to perform at Hall County Fair

 One of the most successful groups in rock history, Three Dog Night, will headline entertainment for the Hall County Fair.

Fair organizers announced this morning that the group famous for such No. 1 hits as "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World" and "Black and White" will perform on Saturday, July 15, in the Heartland Events Center.


This year’s fair will be July 13 through 16.

Three Dog Night’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture, whether on the radio, where they are heard day in and day out; in TV commercials; or in major motion pictures. Among the group’s other Top 10 hits are "Shambala," "Easy to Be Hard," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," "The Show Must Go On," "One" and "Never Been to Spain."


Local band BD & the Boys will also perform that night.

Tickets will go on sale March 15 at the Heartland Events Center ticket office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at (800) 745-3000. There will be special 10-day-only pricing of $24 plus fees while supplies last.

INFO Hall County Fair, Sat. July 15 at 7:30pm, Heartland Event Center

Sportsman’s Team Challenge

 Contact: Lisa G. Cinquino

 Whistle Communications

 (203) 881-8381                              

Bass Pro Shops Celebrates Sportsman’s Team Challenge Return to Grand Island, NE


Hamburg, PA., - Doug Koenig, Competition Director of the Sportsman’s Team Challenge announced the return of Bass Pro Shops’ as the Title Match Sponsor.

The match, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will be held at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, NE. Match dates are July 20-22, 2017 and is open to the general public, industry and to all levels of shooting competitors.

Registration begins February 1, 2017 at


Koenig said, “It’s exciting to have Bass Pro Shops’ support again as we celebrate a special milestone this year. We’ve added a variety of unique side matches and clinics along with random draws for commemorative firearms.” Koenig added, “We had a terrific turnout last year, but it was the warm reception the entire Grand Island community bestowed upon us that made our decision to return an easy one.”


John Acosta, Director of Marketing, Customer Acquisition for Bass Pro Shops added, "Doug has been a brand ambassador for Bass Pro Shops’ for several years and we are excited to partner together again in 2017 to promote shooting in a family-centric format with the Sportsman's Team Challenge. It is important for us to continue to advance the participation of shooting sports to the next generation of outdoorsmen and women. Bass Pro Shops’ is thrilled to celebrate the 30th year of the Sportsman’s Team Challenge, and we congratulate them on such a successful event."


New this year for Match Sponsors will be the addition of a Vendor Row; competitors will be able to view new products to enhance their shooting experience at the range while supporting match sponsors.

More announcements will be made regarding special VIP’s attending and activities planned.


From its inception in the late 1980’s, the Sportsman’s Team Challenge will celebrate 30 years of attracting juniors, newcomers, families and competition shooters who continue to enjoy its popularity and rich tradition. The match is a two or three person team event, which combines multi-discipline shooting competition of a rifle, pistol and shotgun. Information about the Sportsman’s Team Challenge, required course of fire for each event and rulebook can be found at www.stcnationals.com. Follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/ShootSTC.

Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today 101 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat andintroducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”


INFO day, Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island