The City of Bennet is located in Lancaster County approximately 10 miles southeast of Lincoln, 1.5 miles south of Nebraska Highway #2 on Highway #43. The “official” planning jurisdiction of the City of Bennet includes the Bennet Corporate Limits and the area within the 1 mile extra territorial Jurisdiction. Bennet’s population was recorded as 1082 residents by the 2020 Census. The Secretary of State proclaimed the Village of Bennet be a City of the Second Class on March 21, 2022.
Bennet's greatest opportunities and challenges are held in the geographic and demographic makeup of the community. Location close to jobs, airports, medical services and retail shops continue to attract young families and retirees to the community. New housing provides for an increased valuation and additional tax base for supporting the community.
The Bennet City office and City Hall are located at the corner of Monroe and Garden Streets. Office hours are Monday – Thursday; 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The office phone number is (402) 782-3300 and the fax number is (402) 782-3320. A drive-thru drop box is located in front of the office for after hour utility payments or other correspondence. Emails are received at: email@example.com .
The City is governed by a City Council: Ryan Cheney, Mayor, Pete Simmons - Ward 1, Justin Dorn - Ward 1, Daniel Zieg - Ward 2, and Steve Bettendorf - Ward 2. Regular council meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm and located in the City Hall, 685 Monroe Street. Changes or additional meetings are announced in advance.
Michele Lincoln serves as the City Clerk/Treasurer and Building and Zoning Administrator. Russ Jones is the City Utility Superintendent. Report after-hours water or sewer emergencies to(402) 405-2009 or (402) 890-2902 Bennet is policed by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department. If you have an emergency or accident call 911. To report illegal activity, please call the County Sheriff at (402) 441-6500.
Fire and rescue services are provided by the Bennet Rural Fire District. If you are interested in joining this volunteer group or have questions regarding services or activities sponsored by the department call the Fire Barn at (402) 782-6195. Open burning is not allowed in Bennet.
Bennet offers a refuse site for disposal of household waste is available to City and Lancaster County residents by permit. Permits for use of the refuse site can be obtained at the City office. The refuse is open Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bennet enforces a leash law. Pets are to be registered and licensed ANNUALLY, with the City, and must be restrained by the owner at all times in a kennel or by lease. Always be considerate of others and clean up after your pet.