It is official, bonafide and true! Elk Creek Crossing Neighborhood Garage Sale dates are Thursday-Saturday May 14, 15 & 16th. Ads are scheduled to be published in the Omaha World Herald and on Craig’s List.
(ECC) — Stay up-to-date with area crime news, buy/sell stuff, get service referrals, post a pic of a lost or found pet. This – private – social media site is interactive and offers users a sense of community.
You can do all this and more by joining Nextdoor.com. Elk Creek Crossing residents have jumped on the bandwagon – as have people who live in Walnut Ridge and nearby. Connect and share. Receive email news feed updates.
When you join, you’ll be linked with people from ECC AND a default of 17 neighborhoods.
You can also control privacy settings. Post a new thread. Make a comment. Say thanks.
What makes Nextdoor.com unique is the verification requirement; you must confirm the address where you live.
Written by Susan Stern.
The Annual Elk Creek Crossing Omaha Easter Egg Hunt was a hit!. Saturday brought sunny skies and warm temps – the right setting for the 11:00 a.m. hunt.
Children filled their baskets with eggs, a whopping 600 were scattered around the park by happy volunteers.
Watch the video! This annual event is sponsored by the ECC Homeowner’s Association. Photography and this quickly-produced production was done gratis by an ECC resident.
As you will see – Elk Creek Crossing, located in northwest Omaha from 162nd to 168th, north of West Maple Road – is a great place to live!
Easter Egg Hunt
When: 11 a.m. (Today) Saturday, April 4 2015
Where: ECC Park
What: Please bring kids, baskets and a smile!
Note: Volunteers please arrive at 10 a.m. to help hide the eggs! Many Thanks!
Kudos to residents ECC HOA Secretary Ann Smith and Melissa Miller for helping fill a whopping 600 eggs with candy! Also, Ann Smith took the time to shop for the eggs and candy. Thank you!
(Omaha, Nebraska) — Elk Creek Crossing and Walnut Ridge are teaming up to provide citizen patrols to keep our neighborhood secure.
“These new efforts will help make our little corner of the world a safer place to live,” said patrol captain Jerry Shulte who lives in Walnut Ridge. He and a crew already began monitoring ECC by vehicle, but direct Elk Creek Crossing resident participation is non-existent at present, but wanted.
It takes a village, as they say. Elk Creek Crossing resident adults are asked to join the citizen patrol right away. To qualify, you will agree to a background check and attend an April 16th training class at the Omaha Police Department Northwest Police Precinct from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 10245 Wiesman Drive.
1. Any felony Conviction against person.
2. Any felony Conviction within last five years.
3. Board of Mental Health Committal.
4. Resisting Arrest Conviction within last ten years.
5. Assault Conviction on a Peace Officer.
6. Two or more Convictions of Assault in the past five years.
7. Two or more DUI Convictions in past five years.
8. Carrying a Concealed Weapon Conviction within past five years.
9. Currently under Court Jurisdiction.
10. Any Misdemeanor 1 or above Pending Charge.
11. Any Sex Crime Conviction.
12. Any criminal record judged to be detrimental to the goals of OPD
After passing the record check and participating in the 3-hour OPD-led class, certified volunteers will be trained in-the-field by OCCP Patrol Captain Jerry Shulte. Once complete, patrol men and women may hit the streets when you like with the stipulation that there must be two (2) citizen patrol individuals in each vehicle at all times. No weapons are allowed – at all.
“Your job is to observe and report,” said Shulte. Every patrol car will be equipped with an OCCP vehicle magnet, and each volunteer will carry a photo id, with the Omaha Coalition Citizens Patrol logo on it.
“As for homeowners. If someone comes to your door, say your garage is left open, we always recommend you look out the window and ask for id, otherwise do not open the door,” said Shulte. The patrol captain and volunteer crews from Walnut Ridge have recently knocked on front doors of ECC residents for this reason.
Signage & Car Magnets
Shulte said he is in the process of applying for a City of Omaha Mayor’s grant intended to purchase polo shirts and additional vehicle magnet signs. A resident donor from Walnut Ridge has contributed dollars for entrance signs for both neighborhoods. Signage will be placed at a total of 9 entrances in both ECC and Walnut Ridge to warn any would-be criminals that our neighborhoods are watched by active citizen patrols!
Since its inception in January, the Walnut Ridge patrol has notified the power company of broken street lights and alerted residents of garage doors left open. “So far our efforts have received a very positive response,” notes Shulte. With the ECC-HOA’s recent approval, the patrol has been renamed as the Walnut Ridge/Elk Creek Crossing Citizens Patrol.
The OCCP is a non-profit organization in cooperation with and endorsed by the Omaha Police and Douglas County Sheriff’s Departments. The citizen patrol’s objective is to increase public safety, prevent and reduce crime. If anyone is interested in becoming a certified volunteer, please complete the below contact form.
Together, let’s keep our neighborhood safe!
News article by Omaha PR Practitioner Copywriter Susan Stern, an ECC resident
Grab baskets and the kids. Meet at the Park on Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m. for fun galore.
This year we have over 600 eggs that our happy volunteers are filling with candy. If you would like to help make this year’s Easter Egg Hunt another hit in our neighborhood, please contact us.
“It’s super exciting! We have 200 eggs left to fill with candy. We could use a few volunteers,” says Susie, the organizer.
On Easter Egg Hunt day, we also seek helping hands to hide the eggs at the Park at 10 a.m.
Please fill out contact form to volunteer.
Many thanks! See you there!
Omaha Christmas Tree Recycling
Mulch is what’s made from your Christmas tree. So, when you’re ready to haul it away, the closest city of Omaha Xmas tree drop off site is Tranquility Park | 120th Street & West Maple Road. North lot of soccer complex.
XMas Tree Drop Off Dates
Site opens on December 24 and close January 6, 2015. No hours of operation are listed for Tranquility Park on the city of Omaha website, at this time.
Christmas tree recycling Info. Please remove from the tree this stuff:
- Tree stand
- Lights, of course
Do’s and Don’ts | Tree Recycling
Omaha’s Tranquility Park Christmas tree drop off site does not accept wreathes and evergreen roping. Thumbs up to flocked trees – are permitted. Please throw trees up toward the pile.
Drop off old holiday lights and cords for recycling to benefit the Susan G Komen Nebraska foundation.
2728 North 85th Street
Now-January 20, 2015.
Hours. M-F 9:00a – 4:45p &Saturday 9:00 a-2:45p
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year!
Recycling Omaha | Dump Holiday Discard
The holidays generate plenty of Earth-friendly recycling options. Instead of throwing away, consider filling the green recycling bin the city provides. If it is full, one option is to place paper recyclables in a paper bag or small box for pickup.
Reminder. The city of Omaha recently sent a holiday-focused email blast to subscribers explaining what you can recycle.
- Wrapping paper
- Aerosol cans
- Paper egg cartons
- Plastic bottles
- Juice and soup boxes
- Milk jugs
- Detergent bottles
- Soda bottles
- Tin cans
Big Recycler? | Free Green Bins Avail
If you’re an active recycling aficionado, great job! Consider picking up another free bin. If yours is damaged, you may obtain a new one and ask for a recycling bin disposal label. After affixing the label, leave the damaged bin at the curb for pick up. It will be recycled, too.
For Elk Creeking Crossing, here’s where to go for a new recycling bin or disposal label.
Saddlebrook Branch Library – NW Omaha
14850 Laurel Avenue
Hours | Mon: closed | T-Thur: 8a-8p | Fri: 8a-5p | Sat: 9a-4p | Sun: closed
Hours may change without notice.
New ECC Collection Day Moves to Fridays
Here in Elk Creek Crossing, say goodbye to Mondays for trash, yard waste and recyclables’ pick up in the new year.
ECC collection of garbage and the like changes to Fridays beginning the week of January 5, 2015. Official start date in ECC: Friday, January 9, 2015.
10 Days Without ECC Trash Pick Up!
In an exclusive interview with Elk Creek Crossing, we are the first to uncover bad news.
“Somebody’s gonna pay the price, and unfortunately, your neighborhood (ECC) will go about 10 days without trash, yard waste and recyclable collection,” said Diane over the phone today with the city of Omaha Solid Waste Department.
Last Day Monday Trash Pick Up
We discovered that Monday December 29, 2014 is the last day for collections before the 10-day lull. The new route schedule for Elk Creek Crossing begins Friday January 9, 2015.
The City’s Solid Waste representative emphasized that Deffenbaugh, the city’s waste contractor, is waiving the 5 trash container limit during this period of transition.
Why Omaha Redrew Trash Routes
WOWT reports Omaha’s trash hauler has redrawn routes for collection of garbage, yard waste and recycling for fuel and time-saving efficiency, quoting Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. More than 150,000 Omaha households are impacted reports the Omaha World Herald.
This week ECC residents may receive a city of Omaha postcard notice confirming this information. For neighborhoods outside Elk Creek Crossing, run this handy tool to discover your new collection day.
By Susan Stern, an Omaha copywriter/marketer and ECC resident.
Boat Storage Time-frame
As summer winds down, it may seem easier and more cost effective to simply cover your boat or camper with a tarp and park it in the driveway.
But as you weigh your storage options, consider reading the Elk Creek Crossing Homeowners Association Covenants, which remain in effect despite dissolution of the S.I.D. and annexation by Omaha. Specifically, view Article V “General Restrictions” Section 10 regarding “Vehicles, Trailers and Equipment”
“No boat, camper, trailer, auto drawn or mounted trailer of any kind, mobile home, truck, aircraft, camper truck or similar chattel shall be maintained or stored on any part of a Lot (other than in an enclosed structure) for more than twenty (20) days within a calendar year.”
Boat Storage Complaint
An individual has approached the ECC Homeowner’s Association and has filed a complaint about a homeowner allegedly storing a boat in their driveway longer than 20 days. A formal letter has been sent to the homeowner.
“It’s all about keeping the neighborhood nice and to maintain property values. The ECC HOA Board hopes that residents follow the Covenant provisions, doing their part to maintain the beauty of our fine Elk Creek Crossing neighborhood,” said Hannah Porto, ECC property manager from P.J. Morgan Real Estate.
Mother Updates Toddler’s Health
A 16-month-old Elkhorn boy is recovering from 2nd degree burns after running after a ball and stepping on a surface steel grate Wednesday at the Stone Ridge Sprayground, located next door in the neighborhood northeast of Elk Creek Crossing Omaha.
In an exclusive interview today with ECC, the toddler’s mother Lindsay Warren updated her little boy’s condition. “My son Broch is doing okay today. His feet are blistered, but he is recovering. Looking back it was horrible to think that something so hot and dangerous was not covered. Every child that goes to the water park is barefoot is my concern, too,” said the toddler’s mother Lindsay Warren, wife of Scott Warren of Elkhorn, who own Absolute Customs, Inc.
Child Burned Blink of an Eye
The incident happened in a blink of an eye. As mother watched, she reports, the toddler’s beach ball rolled about 30 feet from the Sprayground. “When my son picked up the ball, he froze on the steel grate. He started crying uncontrollably. His feet were blistering like crazy. I rushed him to the ER,” notes Lindsay.
The mother hopes Celebrity Homes, the S.I.D and the law firm that manages the privately-owned Stoneridge Sprayground property in Omaha does the right thing, pays for her son’s medical bills and takes immediate steps so other children don’t get hurt.
“It’s completely unacceptable that there was no sign, no warning,” said Lindsay.
Lindsay’s father Dennis Kresser, grandpa to the injured toddler, offers a suggestion. “All they would have to do is put a picket fence in the area and fix the problem, so no other children or adults get hurt.”
By Sonia Schrager, Intern — Elk Creek Crossing hosts its neighborhood garage sale extravaganza Thursday (tomorrow), Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Our garage sale event runs at the same time as Walnut Ridge, next door.
ECC HOA purchased two signs, ads are running on Craigslist and in the Omaha World Herald. Make some money, have some fun, participate!
(Omaha, NE) — The 2014 Elk Creek Crossing Annual garage sales event dates are set. Mark your calendar for Thursday-Saturday, May 29-31st. Our event shall run during the same dates as adjacent neighborhood Walnut Ridge.
The ECC HOA shall purchase signage, run advertisements in the Omaha World Herald and tout the garage sales on Craig’s List. We encourage homeowners to buy signs, too.
Kudos to new ECC HOA board secretary Ann Smith for this ad.
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(ECC) — Saturday, April 19th at 11 a.m. is the day of the – Annual ECC Easter Egg Hunt – at the Neighborhood Park. Hooray! But before the fun begins, we need volunteers to help shop for candy and eggs. We seek helping hands to stuff the egg shells with goodies, too. Oh, the fun to be had! :) Your help is always greatly appreciated.
Update: Several volunteers have come forward to help! Natalie Hankins and Cheri Higgins. Thank you! We can always use helpers to arrive at the neighborhood park at 10 a.m. Saturday to hide the eggs :)
Volunteering is Easy and Fun!
To make a commitment to this family-fun event, please contact Susan Stern now.
(Omaha, NE) — Attn: Elk Creek Crossing homeowners. If you have a mortgage and escrowed property taxes, disregard. For the rest, Douglas county home property taxes are due today for the 1st half covering 2013.
Can’t make it in person to the treasurer’s office? No worries. You can pay online now.
Your best online paying option paying is via check with a $1 service fee. If you pay by credit card, you’ll pay 2.3% interest.
Second half taxes are due on or before July 31st 2014.
Look Up Property & Pay Online
Can’t recall your parcel number? You’re covered. The Douglas County Treasurer’s office offers online parcel look up. All you need to do is type in your address and street name. Press search and you’ll find your publicly-available tax payment history. Parcel look up here>>
Hurry Up – Pay In Person Before Closing Time
You’ll save “convenience” charges by paying your property taxes in person. Rush, rush, rush. There is still time. Branch offices close at 4p and some until 4:30 since this is the last day of the month. Call to double check. The nearest office from Elk Creek Crossing is located a tad south of 108th and Maple in Maple Center.
Teens For Hire ECC
If you want to post your part-time job opportunity or advertising of services, fill out the below contact form. Posting is free.
Posted on April 1, 2014:
We are looking for a neighborhood girl for babysitting-must be able to drive and reliable.
Thank you very much,
Phone Number : 402-504-4722
Lawn Service for Hire – Weekly OR As Needed
Contact: Andrew Carpenter
4325 North Branch Drive
Extreme Cold Delays ECC Garbage Pickup
(Omaha, NE) — Forget about putting trash at the curb tonight! The City of Omaha has announced that it “would be unsafe for collection employees to work on Monday” January 6, 2014, due to the EXTREME cold and windy weather.
Tuesday Date for ECC Trash Collection
Garbage, yard waste and recyclables are scheduled to be collected on Tuesday for residents of Elk Creek Crossing. In a statement, City of Omaha Solid Waste Collections Department said that “Collections for the week of January 6 will be delayed by one day, with normal Friday collections (to) be completed on Saturday, January 11, 2014.”
(ECC, Omaha, NE) — In case you missed it, the Elk Creek Crossing HOA Board has new faces. Three women have officially taken the helm, pledging to increase neighborhood social opportunities and continue Covenants enforcement:
Samantha Wright – ECC HOA President – Commercial Print Sales Manager
Brenda Jennings – ECC HOA Vice-president – Communications Consultant
Ann Smith – ECC HOA Secretary – Graphic Designer
The trio replace long-time volunteers ECC President Eric Oxley, Scott Lautenbaugh and Secretary Travis Schwartz, two lawyers and a finance professional, which we formally wish to thank for their dedicated service. The property management company, P.J. Morgan Real Estate, remains the same. The December meeting is where the 2014 proposed budget was unveiled. Most of this year’s operating funds are projected to be spent on grounds maintenance, trees, lawn care, landscaping and the property management company fee. Read ECC HOA Proposed 2014 Budget.
What’s Happening in ECC Neighborhood? | Attend Annual Meeting
Update on December 5 2013 (see pic left): A disappointing turn out. A total of 11 people attended the Dec. 4, 2013 ECC Annual Meeting, 7 of which are current or past board members, a representative of P.J. Morgan Real Estate and this writer. A husband and wife, a father and child were among the attendees.
(ECC- Omaha, NE) — Attention ECC Homeowners. It’s official. The date is set! The Elk Creek Crossing Homeowner’s Association Annual Meeting is at 6 o’clock, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Standing Bear Elementary in the cafeteria. This is when the Board, let by HOA President Eric Oxley will discuss current expenses and the 2014 projected budget, a meeting which shall cover architecture, status of dues violators, neighborhood events to current and future landscaping projects.
ECC Landscaping Ideas. Neighbors Asked to Weigh In
ECC Board Seeks Social Volunteer
The HOA board is still searching for a volunteer Social Committee Chair, a position previously held by the late Karen May.
P.J Morgan Real Estate Phone Number Direct: 402-397-7775
Omaha marketer Susan Stern intends to video record the annual meeting, schedule permitting.
Please review the agenda here.
In a new segment entitled “What We Spotted,” we share what captured our attention during a walk on September 26, 2013, in & around Elk Creek Crossing on this beautiful fall afternoon in northwest Omaha, Nebraska.
The first thing that caught our eye was a portable bathroom tucked in between two park trees. Well, if you gotta go, now you can! Thank you.
Labor Day is over, correct? Then why is the Stone Ridge East Sprayground still open and running water after Monday, September 2, 2013?
After a morning investigation, we have the answer! First, we had to track down which entity manages the Stone Ridge Sprayground. No quick and easy task.
After a handful of phone calls, we discovered that no, the northwest Omaha splash park is not run by the city of Omaha nor Celebrity Homes. Turns out a local law firm administers Stone Ridge East neighborhood, which, by the way, remains an S.I.D., a.k.a. unincorporated area of Douglas County, that has not yet been annexed by the city of Omaha.
So, today we called the law firm that manages Stone Ridge East to give them a friendly :) heads up that the water remains on. A representative there expressed their appreciation to ECC, and stated they intend to contact M.U.D. as soon as possible to turn off the agua. Issue closed. End of story. :)
This one is plain wrong. Someone (s) has defaced with permanent marker the inside of the Elk Creek Crossing park playground tunnel, where this child in the photo is pointing.
Instead of calling the city, let’s do the clean up ourselves. It shouldn’t take long.
Help Now to Keep ECC Nice
“Calling a Volunteer for Saturday, September 28, 2013! For everyone’s sake, especially for children, we need helping hands to remove the expletive-laden graffiti from the tunnel right away! In the past, we’ve successfully used rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover,” notes ECC’s Susan Stern. To volunteer contact us now.
Kind Words for ECC HOA
Ok. Enough said, except we want to share this upbeat posting from an ECC resident:
Thanks to the association for the beautiful new look at the entrance of Elk Creek Crossing North Branch. – Moniker Hummerh3
Now that’s a wrap of “What we spotted!” We’ll keep you posted again in the future with more enthralling segments. Happy Fall Harvest!
Fun & Famous ‘Neighbor Quotations’
”To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people’s places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
”A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.” – Hesiod
”Your neighbor is the man (or woman) who needs you.” – Elbert Hubbard
”Good fences make good neighbors.” – Robert Frost
”When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.” – Ralph Nader
Read more famous quotations, including quotes that have a, duh, duh, duh…negative connotation :( here.
Compiled by Susan Stern
Report Neighborhood Problems | List of City #’s
By Susan Stern
(Elk Creek Crossing, Omaha, NE) — Is a street sign down? Do you need the ‘Call before you Dig’ phone number before planting a tree or building a fence? Is there a vehicle parked in the street for too long? Report it. Here is a complete list of City of Omaha departments for your use. Print and save. The directory, also below listed, is comprehensive, and specifically states which number to call for which issue you may encounter.
NEIGHBORHOOD PROBLEMS -WHERE TO CALL
Air Quality/Odor Control Environmental Services 402-444-6015 / 402-444-6016
Alarm Registrations City Finance 402-996-8058
Alley Maintenance Street Maintenance 402-444-4919
Building Inspections (construction related) 402-444-5350
Building Permits 402-444-5380
Cars, Junk Trailers on Public or Private Property Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Chuck Holes, Debris, Litter Blocking Street, Curb Repairs Street Maintenance 402-444-4919
City Council 402-444-5520
City Parks, Pools, Golf Courses or Rec. Center Problems Parks & Recreation 402-444-5900
City Services Information or Complaints Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Code Enforcement/Planning 402-444-5371
Compost Public Works 402-444-6665
Convention and Visitors Bureau 402-444-4660
Driveway/Curb Cut Permits Public Works 402-444-4978 / 402-444-5101
Issued by Planning 402-444-5214 or 402-444-5380
Empty Bldgs., Vacant Houses, Deteriorated Bldgs.,
Occupied Dilapidated Houses Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Garbage Collection/Recycling/Complaints/Information Quality Control 402-444-5238
Historic Preservation Planning 402-444-3624
Housing Discrimination, Civil Rights Violations Human Rights and Relations 402-444-5055
Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Mayor’s Hotline TTY/TDD 402-996-8490
Mayor’s Office 402-444-5000
“No Parking” or Other Signs Traffic Engineering 402-444-5160
Nuisance Vehicles (Dead Storage on Street or Lawn,
Off Pavement, Auto Litter Improperly Licensed) Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Parks and Recreation 402-444-5900
Public Works Department 402-444-5220
Sewer Problems Sewer Maintenance 402-444-5332
Sidewalks Broken or Obstructed 402-444-5280
Sign Ordinance Information Permits & Inspections 402-444-5362 / 402-444-5364
Snow Removal Complaints (24 hr. line) Street Maintenance 402-444-4919
Speed Bumps 402-444-5250
Street Construction Problems or Complaints (related to constr. project) Public Works 402-444-5109
Tenant-Landlord Discrimination Human Rights and Relations 402-444-5055
Traffic Signal Not Working Traffic Engineering 402-444-5160
Trailers or Cars Parked on Front Lawns Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Tree Limbs/Hedges Blocking View of Traffic Parks Maintenance 402-444-5925
Trees, Downed Limbs on City Right-of-Way Street Maintenance 402-444-4919
Trees Marked with an “X” Parks Maintenance 402-444-5925
Unsafe or Dangerous Building or House Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Vehicle Already Towed Impound Lot 402-444-5782 / 402-444-5783
Weeds Over 18”, Yard Litter Weeds & Litter 402-444-5910
Zoning Enforcement Planning 402-444-5371
Zoning Information Planning/Planner’s Desk 402-444-3426
Arson Hotline 402-444-3473
Business Watch 402-444-6518
Crime Prevention Specialists
NE Area 402-444-3367
NW Area 402-444-6478
SE Area 402-444-7743
SW Area 402-444-7928
Crime in Progress 911
Crimestoppers 402-444-STOP (402-444-7867)
Criminal Investigation Bureau, Omaha Police 402-444-5652
North Investigations (Follow up on crimes occurring North of Dodge) 402-444-5696
South Investigations (Follow up on crimes occurring South of Dodge) 402-444-5590
Domestic Violence, Omaha Police 402-444-5825
Fire Department Public Education & Affairs Bureau
(includes Smoke Detector Installation & Operation Detector Home Safe) 402-444-3560
Gang Unit, Omaha Police 402-444-5990
Graffiti to Report Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Hate Crimes 402-444-4283 (402-444-HATE)
Narcotics Unit, Omaha Police 402-444-5680
Neighborhood Watch Program Community Resource Centers (CRC) 402-444-5772
Non-Emergency Police Department Line Central Headquarters, 505 S. 15 Street 402-444-5600
Non-Emergency Police Department to make a
“Crime Report over the Phone” Telephone Response Unit 402-444-4877
Nuisance Vehicles Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555
Northeast 4316 N. 30 (30 & Taylor) 402-444-6916
Northwest 10245 Wiesman Drive 402-444-7555
Southeast 2475 Deer Park Boulevard (25 & Vinton) 402-444-4041
Southwest 9864 M Street 402-444-6116
Smoke Detector Installation & Operation Check Omaha Fire 402-444-3847
Special Victims Unit (…Sexual Assaults/Child Victim) 402-444-5636
Traffic Unit, Omaha Police 402-444-5860
Vice Squad 402-444-5680
Victim Witness (Misdemeanors) 402-444-4597
Animal Control (Strays, Bites, Sick or Injured
Animals, Barking Dogs, or Dead Animals Humane Society 402-444-7800
Before You Dig 402-344-3565 / 1-800-642-8434
Cable Franchise Agreement Questions City Council 402-444-4567
City of Omaha Handgun Ordinance National Safety & Health Council 402-896-0454
Community Support/Energy Assistance Programs (OPPD) 402-636-3654
Concealed Carry Handgun Training National Safety & Health Council 402-896-0454
Community Services/First Call for Help United Way 211
Events HOTLINE 402-444-6800
Gas Leaks, Water Line Breaks, or Fire Hydrants (Emergency) MUD 402-504-7777
Handicap Parking Stickers County Treasurer 402-444-7103
Housing Discrimination (Fair Housing Center) 402-934-6675
Keep Omaha Beautiful 402-444-7774
National Safety Council 402-896-0454
Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222
Rats, Raw Garbage, Open Refrigerator/Freezer in
Yard/Mosquitoes Douglas County Health 402-444-7481
Safe Communities Efforts 402-896-0454
State Ombudsman (Information) 1-800-742-7690 (Toll Free)
Street Lights Out/Electrical Wires Down OPPD 1-800-554-6773
Tenant/Landlord Legal Issues Legal Aid Society 402-348-1060
Assessor’s Office 402-444-7060
Birth and Death Certificates 402-444-7204
County Parks DC Environmental Services 402-444-6362
County Parks and Trails Maintenance DC Environmental Services 402-444-6362
County Roads – Snow Removal / Repairs 402-444-6395
Douglas County Environmental Services 402-444-6181
Douglas County Switchboard 402-444-7000
Drivers’ License Testing Locations
***Closest to ECC | Location 402-595-2040 | 2910 N. 108
Location 402-595-2039 | 7414 N. 30
Location 402-595-3106 | 5730 S. 144
Driver Testing Hours
Testing Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:00
Health Department Information Line / Directory 402-444-7476
Homestead Exemption From Property Taxes County Assessor 402-444-7060
Landfill Office and Information 402-238-2970
Marriage License – County Clerk 402-444-7143
Property Taxes Treasurer’s Office 402-444-7272
Register of Deeds/Property Ownership 402-444-7194
Sanitation (Wells and Septic Systems) 402-444-7485
Sheriff’s Vehicle Inspection Station – 8338 Chicago Street 402-444-7532
Surveyor – Engineer Office (County Roads/Projects) 402-444-6372
Treasurer’s Office 402-444-7280
For more information, contact the City of Omaha online here.
Code of Ethics for Neighborhoods
♦ Make trash short-lived. They do not improve by age.
♦ Litter is like a smudge on the face. Clean it.
♦ Your trees should grow tall. Your grass should not.
♦ Your home is attached to the ground. The ground is part of the city. The city has a right to set the ground rules. Follow the rules.
♦ You do not have to live with your neighbors, just next to them. Make it a comfortable relationship.
♦ “Hi!” is only a two-letter word. Easy to say, nice to hear.
♦ Control your pets. Your neighbors will appreciate that extra bit of hard work.
♦ Take pride in your neighborhood. It will feel right.
♦ Respect the rights of neighbors and follow existing laws & Covenants.
ECC Garage Sales 2013 – Dates | Memorial Weekend!
We will run a classified ad in the Omaha World Herald + Post Craig’s List Garage Sale Listings + do some light Web SEO + Leave couple signs at entrance.
What can YOU do to advertise?
We suggest you buy a couple, inexpensive small ‘Garage Sale’ sign (s) found at local retail stores.
Leave them at the ECC main entrance & at stop signs leading to your home – a recommendation.
Mutiple signs posted at entrance-ways get the attention of motorists.
Happy Garage Sale Days!
(Omaha, NE) — Old Man Winter may be sticking around for a final hurrah. But weather woes won’t stop the fervor of the city of Omaha ‘Spring Clean Up’ program. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th. 9a-2p. These are the times to drop off big bulky items. Bulky Trash drop off sites are for oversized items that are too large to fit in the garbage can.
Where: Standing Bear Elementary School – at no charge!
When: Saturday, April 20th
Types of Items that MAY be dropped off as bulky items
- TV Sets
- Swing Sets (disassembled)
- Large Brush
- Shower Doors (glass taped)
Omaha Tires/Automotive Batteries Drop Off
Saturday, April 20: 9a-2p – Hillsborough Park Parking Lot on 138th & Meridith Ave – free
Big Appliances Drop Off
Saturday, May 4th: 9a-2p – No-charge drop off at Rockbrook Elementary Parking lot, located at 2514 South 108th Street
Thank you Super Volunteers Kelli Smith & Family, Abby Kohll and Zoe Emerson for working as a team to fill 500+ eggs with candy!
Always a hit! Elk Creek Crossing Omaha. Easter Egg Hunt 2013!
Photography courtesy of Susie Stern
(ECC) — “It’s naive to think that a home burglary can not happen here,” the words of an Elk Creek Crossing resident, whose North Branch Drive home was burglarized after dark on January 19th while she was away. Kelli, whose last name is withheld, said the thief (s) broke the deadbolt on her French doors, jimmied the lock before breaking into her home from the backyard – which overlooks the Papio Trail. “I think the criminal was casing my home. A neighbor had spotted a suspicious-looking white man, wearing track pants, pacing the Papio Trail while chatting on the telephone a couple of times, days before the burglary. He just didn’t look right,” she quoted her neighbor as saying.
After busting the French doors, the thief emptied Kelli’s jewelry box and fled with an estimated $30,000. Police found no fingerprints. Her sentimental belongings were never recovered. Fortunately, however, Kelli had insurance, albeit not enough, she shared. “That’s another issue, I should have gotten my jewelry re-appraised every five years to obtain full value replacement, which I did not,” Kelli emphasized.
ECC Burglary Victim Shares Police Tips
Hindsight is 20/20. Still, Kelli sends a strong message to ECC neighbors about prevention. “Police recommended I install an alarm system and keep it on, which I did immediately.”
Kelli also recommends residents get proactive: report suspicious individuals to police. Another tip: at night, turn on backyard lights. Don’t store jewelry in an obvious place – hide it.
On the day Kelli discovered the burglary, she worked the telephones and notified nearby neighbors. She thinks more needs to be done. “I think residents should subscribe to this Elk Creek Express website. It is an excellent place to share information on what’s happening within our neighborhood. The good and the bad.” Kelli urges residents to subscribe.
Read: An ex-con shares his “expertise” on how homeowners can prevent home burglaries.
(ECC) — Attention. Attention. Mark your calendar. Saturday, March 30th 2013 at 10 a.m. is the date of the Elk Creek Crossing Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Come prepared with a basket for fun galore. Hooray.
Volunteers Needed To Fill Eggs
Of course, as always, we seek ECC volunteers to help fill a whopping 500 eggs with candy. Please contact Susie Stern if you’d like to help. “It’s greatly appreciated to have mom’s and dad’s and their kids help us prepare, because without helping hands, it’s just my daughter and I, ha ha.” emphasizes Susie.
Update: Thus far we have 2 children and 1 adult volunteers. We could use more!
The city of Omaha’s trash/YW collector, Deffenbaugh Industries is running on regular schedule. In other words, there’s trash and yard waste collection in Elk Creek Crossing on Monday, February 18th.
(Omaha, NE) — Time may be now to take down the Christmas Tree! All City of Omaha drop off sites close Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – at end of business day. Incidently, the closest Tree Drop site is Tranquility Park, located at 122nd & West Maple – on Maple’s Northside.
OR Drop Off Trees In Nearby Elkhorn…A Mile Longer Drive
20801 Elkhorn Drive – Behind Chamber of Commerce – 5.16 miles from ECC
Curbside Xmas Tree YW Allowed
Curbside pick up is permitted. The City asks you prepare the tree as yardwaste:
- trim branches
- cutting trunk to 4 feet
- bundle branches with string or twine.
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(ECC) — Elk Creek Crossing got smacked with an estimated 6 inches of snow! Here within ECC, you can spot typical, post-blizzard conditions.
The overnight was marked with intermittent power surges, some tree branches cracking & breaking – an occasional fire alarm blaring its malfunction. December 19, 2012. The date the storm struck us – with a slight vengeance. Today is clean up day.
Our neighborhood schools – closed. City snow plows quickly cleared the side streets – in the a.m. Many homeowners got up early to push snow blowers & shovels in an attempt to clear it all. Off to work – many go – albeit later-than-normal for most.
Reminder. 6-7p Wed
What: Annual ECC HOA Meeting – Discussion about Election of Board Members + Budget Unveil
Where: Standing Bear Elementary Cafeteria
If you miss it, the meeting may be recorded and posted on this website.
See you there!
(ECC) — Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Standing Bear Elementary for the ECC Homeowner’s Annual meeting. It is then when the Board of Director’s shall be elected, present financial reports shared and 2013 budget voted upon, too. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting located at 15860 Taylor Street, inside the cafeteria.
P.J Morgan Real Estate, ECC’s Property Management Company, recently mailed out a notice mentioning same. In the paperwork, is an Official Proxy plus a Board of Directors Volunteer form. If you were interested in joining the Board, the deadline to submit below listed document was November 16th, so the ballot can be printed.
Please call P.J. Morgan at 402-397-7775 to see if there’s still time – to volunteer.
(Omaha, NE) — Here’s a reminder – that’s great news! The City of Omaha is, yes, collecting yardwaste during Winter – year-round! So, here within Elk Creek Crossing, that means leaves, branches & the like will be picked up on your regularly scheduled trash day. In June, the City Council had given Deffenbaugh Industries the green light for a contract extension.
Year-round Yardwaste Curbside Instructions
Remember, trash bins should be labeled with a ‘YW”.
You can also use special brown yardwaste bags. Branches and brush must be bundled with twine or string and weight may not exceed 30 pounds each. The dimensions for bundles may be up to 2 inches in diameter and 4 feet long.
No Collection Days on Holidays
Pick up delayed one day:
♦ Christmas Day, December 25th – No Trash or YW pick up
♦ New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013 – No Trash or YW pick up
Christmas Tree Recycling Information
The city recommends you saw and prune trees for recycling.
Please remove any lights, wires, ornaments, the stand and plastic bag, too.
FYI. :) Wreathes & evergreen roping are not collected.
Elk Creek Crossing Christmas Tree Collection Site
Tranquility Park – Site closes January 13, 2013
North 120th & Maple
(Omaha, NE) — Want to quickly report potholes, overgrown trees or a *dead animal to the city? Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle today unveiled a mobile app that makes it easy as 1,2,3. Once you download the free smart phone application, all you have to do is snap a picture and press ‘send’ to report the problem, of which is automatically submitted to the city for review.
*Although for dead pets in the street, one should call the NE Humane Society direct at 402-444-7800 – quicker.
For more city info click here.
Thursday – Saturday
162nd – 165th – West Maple Road.
Elk Creek Crossing – Located on the northside of Maple.
Wednesday Night: 90% chance of showers and thundershowers. Cloudy & cool. Low 51. East wind 10 mph.
Thursday: Cloudy & cool. Light showers likely before noon. Spotty showers or drizzle possible after lunch. High 60. North breeze 10-15mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, cool. Low 45.
Friday: Partly sunny and cool. A 30% chance for afternoon and evening showers. High 70.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy and cool. Low 54.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 79.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 63.
Advertisements running in the OWH Classifieds & Craig’s List.
Homeowners: Feel free to buy 1 or 2 signs and post them at ECC entrance and (1) down your street!
(ECC) — Attn: Elk Creek Crossing residents. There is – no trash collection Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day 2012 in Omaha. The city’s garbage, yardwaste & recyclable collector, Deffenbaugh Industries is observing the federal holiday. So, trash will be collected one day late, i.e., delayed to Tuesday May 29th of this week – for our neighborhood. FYI.
Collections will return to the regular Monday through Friday schedule the week of June 4th through June 8th, 2012.
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(ECC) — We need more volunteers now!!! Thus far, a handful of helpers, some who don’t even live here, have come forward to drop reminder flyers at the door of ECC homes – to announce the May 31-June 2 Neighborhood Garage Sale Extravaganza. This small group has distributed flyers along 6 ECC streets. We have several hundred flyers left to pass out.
Call Organizer Susie Stern today to help. “It’s great exercise. Plus, it feels fantastic to help our neighborhood ECC community. Thing is, if no one helps or cares, events like these will cease to exist – forever.”
There is even talk about eliminating this ECC HOA website all together. That said, since it’s inception a couple years ago, this website blog has had close to 10,000 visitors. The number now is at 9,550.
So get involved today. Help our neighborhood events stay strong. Volunteers please call Susie 402-212-7489
The Annual ECC Garage Sale Event is sponsored by the Elk Creek Crossing Home Owner’s Association.
Please post comments here, too.
ECC) — The Annual Garage ECC Neighborhood Garage Sale Extravaganza is May 31-June 2nd.
This weekend is the time set aside for volunteers to drop flyers door-to-door.
Notes Organizer Susie Stern, “gotta be candid. Only one family beside mine has come forward to help pass out reminder flyers. There were folks last year, that wished they received a reminder flyer. So, we’re passing ’em out. But we need hands and feet to participate. So, any help would be fantastic!”
Call Susie at 402-212-7489 today!
(ECC Omaha) — It’s official. The date is set for the Elk Creek Crossing Annual Garage Sale Extravaganza! Thursday, May 31-to Saturday June 2nd. Mark your calendar. Notes Organizer Susie Stern, “residents picked the dates this year based on a website poll posted here. The majority of survey participants voted for the post Memorial Day weekend dates. So, it’s final.”
The dates do not coincide with the June 7-9th 2012 Walnut Ridge neighborhood garage sales, it should be noted. There’s concern that shoppers might not make it here, if there’s competition, east of us from shoppers traveling throughout Omaha.
Attn: Volunteers: “Like all ECC events, we need helpers! We have to go door-to-door on foot in the heat to 450 homes to pass out flyers. Grab the kids! Help – appreciated. So, please call or for tech-savvy individuals sign up online here to help our fantastic neighborhood” emphasizes Susie Stern. Flyers should be distributed during the May 19th weekend. 402-212-7489
Advertisements shall run in the Omaha World Herald classifieds and Craig’s List Omaha.
(Stone Ridge Neighborhood) There’s misinformation and rumors circulating that a 15-year-old young man apparently attempted to abduct an 7-year-old boy at the Stone Ridge Park, northeast of Elk Creek Crossing – a.k.a. the water park – using the ruse – paraphrased, “I can’t find my dog. Can you help?” Turns out, that according to KETV, which cited the Douglas County Sheriff’s office – that the apparent abduction reported on March 16, 2012 was a – false alarm.
KETV quoted Douglas County Chief Deputy Marty Bilek as originally saying before the false alarm was discovered, that “the fact that the person had a dog leash without a dog at the end of it, that’s almost a prop that they’re going to use to try to entice the child.”
In a final KETV report on March 22, 2012, authorities concluded, after hearing from the alleged perpetrator who contacted police to set the record straight, that he was indeed looking for his missing dog, and no, had not attempted to abduct the 7-year-old boy.
Opinion: This report demonstrates that it’s important for parents to continue to teach their children, that if they are approached by a stranger claiming their pet is lost, to run away to a parent for help. The 7-year-old boy handled the matter appropriately, and his parents should be commended for teaching their child the right way to handle this situation.