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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

Trolley

The city of Lincoln has received two trolleys, which it expects to begin using Dec. 7. 

The first of Lincoln’s two trolleys arrived Friday. The second is coming this week.

But you won’t be seeing either on the downtown streets until early December.

StarTran staff are getting the trolleys ready for their maiden voyages, installing fare boxes and automatic vehicle-location equipment and doing inspections.

The city expects to begin using the red-and-gray trolleys Dec. 7, the same night downtown lights will be turned on for the Christmas season.

The trolleys have been a long time coming. Two trolleys arrived in the spring of 2017 but had to be returned for some fixes.

In the meantime, the trolley company changed ownership or, more specifically, the assets of National Bus Sales were purchased by another company.

But the paperwork for Lincoln's trolleys didn’t get transferred. So they were never returned and the city never paid for them.

The new trolleys are slightly different from the earlier ones. The biggest change is they have a ramp for wheelchairs, said Mike Davis, StarTran manager.

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Downtown glue vandalism costly

A 19-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly throwing a 15-gallon barrel of roofing glue off the roof and onto the sidewalk of South Canopy Street.

The spill ended up being more than a nuisance.

The glue covered the sidewalk, in about a 14½-foot-by-18½-foot area. The cost for replacing the sidewalk — about $8,300 — makes the crime felony criminal mischief.

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