The Village 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 Village of Bennet includes the Bennet Corporate Limits and the area within the 1 mile extra territorial Jurisdiction. Bennet’s population was recorded as 719 residents by the 2010 Census. The population is currently estimated as 845 residents within the corporate limits of the village.
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.
Population trends indicate Bennet will reach the statutory threshold for classification as a city of the second class by the conclusion of the 2020 census.
The Bennet Village office and Village 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. Emails are received at email@example.com.
The Village is governed by a Board of Trustees. Don Murray, Jerris Nider, Justin Dorn, Brad Ruzicka and Ryan Cheney currently serve as Trustees. Regular board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. Changes or additional meetings are announced in advance.
Michele Lincoln serves as the Village Clerk/Treasurer and Building and Zoning Administrator. Ken Maahs is the Village Utility Superintendent. Report after-hours water or sewer emergencies to (402) 890-2902 or (402) 405-2009.
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 full recycling center, open three days a week to everyone. The refuse site for disposal of household waste is available to Village and Lancaster County residents by permit. Permits for use of the refuse site can be obtained at the Village office. The refuse and recycling site 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 Village, 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.