News Flash from City Hall


Use the link to the Panhandle Public Health District to order your free Radon test kit.  The topic "Radon" is located under the "Environmental Health" tab on the upper right of the PPHD home page.  This kit is available to test homes in the Nebraska Panhandle - at no cost!!



It shall be unlawful for the occupant of any lot or lots or the owner of any vacant lot or lots within the corporate limits to allow snow, sleet, mud, ice or other substance to accumulate on the sidewalks or to permit any snow, sleet, ice, mud or other substance to remain upon said sidewalk. In the event that the Mayor or his/her representative declares that emergency conditions exist and prohibits parking along snow emergency routes, property owners or occupants of lots abutting such snow emergency routes or within the business district may scoop the snow from the sidewalks under their control into the street.            All sidewalks within the business district shall be cleaned within five hours after the cessation of a storm, unless the storm or fall of snow shall have taken place during the night, in which case the sidewalk shall be cleaned before 8:30 A.M. the following day; provided, sidewalks within the residential areas of the City shall be cleaned within 24 hours after the cessation of the storm.       

CITY ORDINANCES - SECTION 5-308                   (Ref. Neb. Rev. Stat. §17-557)



Help the City serve you better!

Please remember to keep branches overhanging the street and alley trimmed to a clearance of 14 feet in height. This will allow for the operation of the street sweeper, snow removal equipment and the dumpster truck.  Additionally, all obstructions of any kind in the alleys need to be removed to allow the dumpster truck to serve your alley.   If you have a corner property, be sure there are no obstructions such as bushes or overhanging branches that could interfere with the view of traffic, traffic signs or pedestrians.

Let’s all work together for a safe and productive fall and winter!



When mowing and trimming your lawns, do not blow or discard your clippings and yard waste into the street. This is technically considered littering and the waste can plug up the storm drains.



Remember to plan ahead for your home and yard make-overs.  Permits are needed for more than just building new structures.  Renovations, structural changes, moving buildings, demolishing buildings, decks and driveways are just some of the projects that will probably require a permit.  Check with City Hall for more information.  You can also view the zoning regulations contained in the Ordinances under the City Government tab on this website.


Crawford Receives $30,000 in USDA Funds to Assess Storm Drainage

June 3, 2016

USDA Rural Development announces that the City of Crawford, Nebraska is the recipient of a Predevelopment Planning Grant (PPG) of $30,000 that will assess the needs of the City’s storm drainage.  The City will provide $12,000.

“This grant will provide Crawford the opportunity, not only to make an informed decision about correcting various drainage issues, but to accurately inventory streets and properties and reestablish boundaries that have been blurred or "lost" through encroachment and non-planned adaptive uses by both municipal and private entities. This survey will be utilized in completing the city's 2016 ten year comprehensive plan which is a significant step to revitalize Crawford and to move forward,” said Mayor of Crawford, David Nixon.

“Rural Development funds will be used to assist the City of Crawford make an informed decision about its storm drainage needs via the development of a Preliminary Engineering Report,” said USDA Rural Development Community Programs Specialist, Natalie Furrow. “The planning approach will clearly describe the city’s current situation, and document specific current and future infrastructure needs.  Computer assisted scenarios will be developed to analyze drainage areas and environmental impacts.  Alternatives and recommended upgrades will be provided to address existing and future drainage.”

Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Planning Grants (PPG) assist income eligible communities with initial planning and development of an application for USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.



Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? 811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project.

A new, federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.

Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

Smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Whether you are a homeowner or a professional excavator, one call to 811 gets your underground utility lines marked for FREE.

Don't assume you know what's below. Protect yourself and those around you – Call 811 every time.

This information provided by Digger’s Hotline.



1)  With the demolition of the old sewer plant being the final phase of the project, the Bond for the new sewer plant is now being finalized and will soon be ready for signing! The original draft of the bond was written to cover over $3,000,000 for the project.  It was projected that the sewer-base rate would need to be increased to at least $50.  Mayor Haugen publicly stated that he and the City Council were determined not to exceed that limit. With a lot of effort from Mayor Haugen and all parties involved, the amount of the bond will come in under budget and the $50 base rate will be sufficient.

 Following the submission of some final photos of the old sewer plant property, stated on 10-9-2014 was, “Thanks for the info.  This completes the circle.  Job well done Mayor & Jane.  Has been a pleasure to work with you.”   Buddy Bhadbhade, PE , Nebraska DEQ.

 After many years of directives from the Attorney General and the Department of Environmental Quality, they are both very pleased with the completion and operation of the long-awaited new waste water treatment plant.

 2)  FEMA and NEMA funds are coming! The debris pile is now officially the responsibility of SWANN and is to be disposed of by them, with great expectations of SWANN receiving a grant for chipping the debris piles. With this final stage of the process now officially in place, FEMA will begin releasing funds to reimburse expenses incurred by the City of Crawford!   Many hours have been invested – with on-site visits, emails, conversations, frequent inquiries, attendance at SWANN meetings, gathering input from chipping contractors, and more - by Mayor Haugen and members of the City Council to make this happen!!

 3)  The City of Crawford received a grant from DEQ for the installation of numerous water meters. Most of the requirements and work has been completed, but a few meters remain to be installed.  Due to several delays such as a catastrophic storm, employee turn-over, lack of contractor availability, injuries and inclement weather, the City of Crawford has received an extension to complete this project.   This will allow the City to reduce the “unaccounted-for” water that has been run through previously unmetered lines (such as the park, pool, etc.), and malfunctioning meters, etc.  The two 6-inch meters that will be installed in the two treated-water tanks will aid in State compliance issues as well – another huge improvement for the City of Crawford!



Go to our news page and view photos of our progress toward our new plant as of May 22, 2013!!