City of Ralston

                "The Heart of the Metro" 
                                Ralston, Nebraska

Ralston's 2015 Wine Walk Merchandise for Sale

Items from the September 24th city-wide Wine Walk are still available for purchased:

  • T-shirts in miscellaneous sizes and colors - $10 each

  • Wine glasses - $10 each

Wine Walk merchandise can be purchased at Ralston City Hall, at 5500 S. 77th Street in Ralston, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

$5.00 EACH

Proceeds go to Ralston's Police and Firefighters

Mugs can be purchased at Ralston City Hall, at 5500 S. 77th Street in Ralston, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Oversized Coffee Mugs

Message from the Mayor 

Dear Ralston Residents, 

I’m reaching out to all Ralston citizens regarding comments in the press over the last few days.  

I want everyone to know the facts on what the City Council and I are doing to insure the success of the arena.  We are looking at both an immediate and long term solution. 

The immediate solution:

#1   We will not have a 34% increase in property taxes.  We are looking at two and one half cent increase in the Ralston portion of Property Tax, or $25 on a $100,000 house per year.

#2   Institute a restaurant tax of 2.5%

#3   Reduce all city departments budgets

#4   Continue to work with our arena tenants and bring in additional events.

These recommendations will balance our 2016 budget and provide us with a surplus to help pay long term bonds. 

As a long term solution, we will be working in several areas, including restoring the original provision of our legislation that established the turn-back tax revenue.

Our city’s priorities will be to continue providing excellent services to our residents.  The Arena will keep providing the best possible venue for our tenants – the Lancers, the Beef, the Roller Girls, VFC, Arts and Craft Show and NRG Concert Series.  The arena fills a special niche in the market with a 4,000 seat multipurpose venue.  We will continue to support our Ralston Skating Academy, hockey and curling clubs, and increase our wedding, banquets and other bookings. 

I want to thank the Ralston residents for supporting the Arena and invite all of your to attend the many events provided.  We will continue to open our Ralston doors to metro area residents for the best entertainment their dollar can buy.

We have a wonderful city, a wonderful arena and a very bright future.

Thank you

Mayor Don Groesser

Pay for City Services Online

The City is accepting online payment for many services. Recently added is the ability to use your favorite credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express) to pay for building and plumbing permits as well as licenses.

This service is in addition to the payments that are accepted online by the Ralston Police Department. You can request and pay for a police report online or pay parking tickets online.

All waiverable traffic citations may also be paid online through the State of Nebraska Web site. If your traffic citation indicates at the bottom that it is "waiverable" and it has dollar amounts filled in, then the citation is eligible to be pain online.

To access the online reports and payment options for the Ralston Police Department, hover over the Police Department link on the left side of any City Web page and choose the link you want.

Ralston's New Prescription Discount Card

The City of Ralston has a new program to offer savings on prescription drugs to residents who are without health insurance, a traditional benefits plan, or have prescriptions that are not covered by insurance.

The Prescription Discount Card is made available to residents by the City of Ralston in collaboration with the National League of Cities (NLC) and is made possible through Ralston's membership in NLC.

The card is FREE to all Ralston residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health insurance. By using this card you may save an average of 23% off the regular retail price of prescription drugs at participating pharmacies.

Residents may pick up a City of Ralston discount card at the following locations:

•Ralston City Hall
•Ralston Police Dept.
•Baright Library
•Ralston Senior Center
•Ralston Arena​


For questions about the card call toll free at 1-888-620-1749.

This is not insurance. Discounts are only available at participating pharmacies. By using this card, participants agree to pay the entire prescription cost less any applicable discount. Savings may vary by drug and pharmacy.​

With the approval, Papillion Sanitation will order the necessary containers and hope to have them distributed in June or July.  Watch the mail for further information.

Any questions can be directed to
Papillion Sanitation.

New Covered Recycling Containers

On Tuesday, April 7th, the City Council approved an amendment to the trash contract with Papillion Sanitation to provide covered recycling containers.  For $0.25 a month, or $3 per year, residents will receive a wheeled covered recycle can, similar to the one shown.  The container is 35 gal. and will allow residents to recycle more, while minimizing the risk of garbage blowing in the neighborhoods.  Residents are advised that they can either keep their blue recycle bin for other uses or turn them back into Papillion Sanitation.  The goal of the change is to increase recycling awareness and reducing blowing garbage on recycle day.

Papillion Sanitation is targeting the end of March, or first part of April, to implement.  However, they want to insure great efforts are made to let people know prior to implementation.

Trash Pickup Routes Changing in Late March

On Tuesday, February 17, Papillion Sanitation presented a plan to the city council to streamline trash pickup.  The city council gave support to the new plan.  The new plan will allow residents to have their garbage and yard waste picked up on the same day.  Recyclables will be picked up in the entire city on another day.  The map indicates the planned pick up dates.  



Our Mission:

The City of Ralston is a dedicated and caring team of volunteers, staff, and officials who provide high-quality, equitably priced services to sustain a safe and progressive community that supports family values.

Our Vision:

The City of Ralston will deliver economic, creative, cultural, and community development strategies to generate a quality of life that is a beacon of dynamic and independent small town culture within the metro area.

Online Payments

The city accepts online payments for many services, including various permits and licenses.

Upcoming Events at the Ralston Arena

October - November

Main events in the coming months are America’s Got Talent on October 7, Lancers Community Blood Drive on October 11, Chris Tomlin on October 11, and Gaither Vocal Band on October 24. 
A partial list of events can be accessed here.  For a complete list go to