The City is Spraying for Mosquitoes June 26 to July 4

The City of Ralston will start spraying for mosquitoes between 6/26/15 and 7/4/15 as weather and conditions permit. Most of the spraying will be done between 2 hours before dusk and 2 hours after dawn. The truck will have a flashing beacon and you will hear the hum of the machine and smell an odor of the spray. This will be done by Nebraska Department of Agriculture licensed City employees.

Any comments or concerns can be addressed to Dan Freshman, Director of Public Works, at

Request for Bids: 5,600 Yards of Used Commercial Grade Carpeting

All bids must be in writing and submitted to the City Clerk, 5500 South 77th Street, Ralston, Nebraska on, or before 4:30 pm on the 30th day of June, 2015.  Bids will be submitted in a sealed, opaque envelope, clearly marked “Carpet Bid”. Bids will be opened on July 1, 2015 at the hour 10:00 am and the successful bidder announced. Bid will be reviewed and accepted or rejected at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Ralston City Council to be held on July 7, 2015. The carpet may be examined by appointment.  Call City Hall for details: (402)331-6677.

Ralston's 55th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day events are presented by the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce.  A schedule of events, parade entry forms and a map of the parade route are available on the
Chamber of Commerce's site.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Park Drive & Woodlawn Avenue
4:00-6:30 p.m
Patriotic Music Program presented by LaDonna Johnson and her students at 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: The Frank and Velma Johnson Ralston Archive Museum

Ralston Park ~ 80th & Park Drive
4:30 p.m. Pie Baking Contest
5:30-7:30 p.m. Picnic, Live Music by John Worsham Collective and a pie and ice cream social.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 
Sponsored by: JCI Ralston, Archives House Committee, Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ralston


76th & Main Street
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

77th & Main Street
7:00-11:00 p.m.

Featuring Ralston's own DJ Gordie Z.  This is a non-alcohol event.
Sponsored by:  Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce.

Judging during Family Street Dance at the Chamber Office, at
5505 Miller Avenue
Sponsored by: The Applewood Hy-Vee, Ralston Recorder and Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ralston Area Chamber Office ~ 5505 Miller Avenue
9:00 a.m. - Tickets go on sale

Tickets for Raffle Drawinggo on sale at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce's office, 5505 Miller Avenue.  Grand prize is a catered grill out for fifty in the Metro area, plus a one year supply of Roberts Diary items and $100 Hy-Vee gift card.   Drawing held at the Chamber of Commerce office on Monday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m.  Ticket holders need not be present to win.  
Sponsored by the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and Business Members, including Great Western Bank and Maria's Mexican Restaurant. 

Independence Square ~ 77th & Main Street
7:50 a.m. - One Mile Walk/Run
8:00 a.m. - Three Mile Race

One of the oldest runs in Nebraska! Sign up form and race details available here
Sponsored by: American Family Insurance, Elite Dental, Lacey & Associates, Ralston Insurance, Dolphens, Carstar, Metal Logos,   Van Fleet Meats, Dudley Movers, Hillcrest Landing/Perry & Associates, ITEX

"Independence Quilters and Friends"
Ralston's Baright Public Library ~ 5555 S 77th Street
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Quilt show runs from Sunday, June 28, to Saturday, July 4. 

Ralston Area Chamber Office ~ 5505 Miller Avenue
No registration required. Open to children in 6th Grade and under  Led by Mayor Don Groesser
9:30 a.m. - Line Up
10:00 a.m. - Children's Parade Starts in front of the Chamber Office , at  5505 Miller Avenue.
Sponsored by: Applewood Hy-Vee at 96th & Q

77th & Main Street
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Featuring Joey Gulizia and the G Notes
Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Music Performance Trust Fund

55th Annual INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE ~ Salute our Troops
1:00 p.m.   Parade Marshal & Citizen of the Year is Rich Onken

Emceed by KAT 103.7.  Parade starts at 80th and Highland and ends at 73rd and Main Street.  Parade entry forms and map of the parade route available on the
Chamber of Commerce's web site.
Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce

77th & Main Street
Immediately following the Parade.

Sponsored by: Ralston Volunteer Fire Dept. 


74th & Q Street
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - Chicken Dinner

5:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. - Outdoor Beer Garden and live music  provided by the Element Variety Band.
Sponsored by the Ralston American Legion Post # 373 Auxiliary.

CONCERT AT RALSTON ARENA: Newsong & Chris August, with special guest Michael Joiner
Ralston Arena ~ 7300 Q Street

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - doors open at 5 p.m.
Safe and fun for the whole family!  Tickets available at or by calling  800-440-3741
72nd & Q Street

9:30 p.m.
Fireworks synchronized to music played over
KAT 103.7 FM - Omaha's New Country

Sponsored by: City of Ralston, Bellino Enterprises, Wiebe Foundation, Ralston Keno, Ralston Police FOP #21, First State Bank, American National Bank, Bank of Nebraska, Hillman, Foreman, Childers & McCormack, Dicon General Contractors, Theatrical Media Services, SignIT, Hillcrest Landing/P&A Management, Dicon General Contractors, JEO Associates, the Oaks at Lakeview, Arena Holiday Inn Express, Ben Robert'/Omaha Lancers, Papillion Sanitation, Infinet Solutions

16th Annual Pie Baking Contest at “Picnic in the Park” – July 3

The City of Ralston and the Frank & Velma Johnson Ralston Archives Museum are sponsoring the 16th Annual Pie Baking Contest at the City's "Picnic in the Park” (
80th & Park Drive) on July 3rd.  All pies must be at the park by 4 p.m.

Entry forms are available at City Hall, the Baright Public Library, and the Ralston Senior Center, or can be downloaded here. 

Pie Contest Entry Form & Guidelines

All pies must have a crust.  Pies can be entered in “fruit” or “other” categories, but cream, meringue or refrigerated pies will not be accepted.  See the Pie Baking Contest Entry Form for the required guidelines.   First, Second, and Third prize winners in each category will receive a certificate and a gift card to a local restaurant.  

Following the judging, pies are sold by the slice or with ice cream as a fundraiser for the Frank & Velma Ralston Archives Museum.

For more information, call City Hall at 402-331-6677, Jan Gorman at 402-331-1657, or Lana Tribbie at 402-597-2971.

City of Ralston Parks & Tree Commission  

The City of Ralston is seeking individuals to serve on the Ralston Parks and Tree Commission. The Commission is made up of volunteers who are citizens of Ralston. If you are interested in getting involved in your community, you can download an application,or pick one up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

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.​

Results of "Click It or Ticket” Mobilization, May 18-31

The Ralston Police Department participated in the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization from May 18-31, 2015.  The funding, nearly $4,000, will come from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety and will pay overtime salary wages as well as mileage costs for the vehicles used during this effort.

During this time, the police department had four officers working 79 hours   of overtime in addition to the usual number of officers that were on duty.  During this selective enforcement, officers made 146 traffic stops and issued 202 total citations.  The totals from the effort are as follows: Seat belt violations, 8 citations, Speeding, 42 citations; No Proof of Insurance, 15 citations;  Driving Under Suspension, 7 arrests; and Outstanding Warrants, 2 arrests.  There were also six Driving Under the Influence arrests, three Drug Violation arrests, and three Minor In Possession (MIP) citations issued.

Also, during this enforcement period, Ralston Police arrested two persons for Burglary and Trespassing and another person for a separate Burglary offense.

Based on the data collected, the police department will be applying for future grants to assist with enforcement to increase restraint use in Ralston.  Until that time, the police department will remain vigilant in this effort during normal patrol.

The police department states that restraint use is the key to preventing deaths and serious injuries during a collision and therefore will aggressively enforce all restraint laws.

Request for Proposal for Insurance Broker Services (Health, Dental, and Life)

The purpose of the Request for Proposal is to obtain competitive proposals for Insurance Broker Services coverage for health, dental, and life insurance. Insurance Broker Services are classified as “Professional Services”. Therefore, according to Nebraska State Statute 23-3109, insurance broker services are not required to be bid on or advertised and the City of Ralston is not required to award on the basis of lowest quote and will award based on the criteria as outlined in this request for proposals.

RFP Proposal Packet

All Brokers shall be currently licensed and authorized by the State of Nebraska, Department of Insurance to do business in the State of Nebraska.

Companies submitting proposals must provide four (4) copies. All proposals shall be submitted to:

City of Ralston

Attn: Health Broker RFP

City Clerk

5500 S. 77th Street

Ralston, NE 68127

Proposals are due in the office of the City Clerk, no later than 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 3, 2015. No facsimile or e-mail proposals will be accepted. Proposals received in the office of the City Clerk after the date and time prescribed above will not be considered.

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.
Ralston's Prescription Discount Card
The city participates in the Prescription Discount Card program through the National League of Cities.  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 of regular retail prescription drugs at participating pharmacies.
Residents may pick up a City of Ralston Discount card at:
Ralston City Hall
Ralston Police Department
Baright Public Library
Ralston Senior Center
Ralston Arena

Online Payments

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

Upcoming Events at the Ralston Arena


Main events in the coming months are Newsong with Chris August on July 4,  Dancing with the Stars July 22, and VFC 46 on July 25
A partial list of events can be accessed
here.  For a complete list go to

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