Fresh air, open spaces, and friendly people are what makes Chambers the welcoming place it is, located in north central Nebraska and southern Holt County.
Chambers is a small town with economic development as a top priority. In the last few years, Chambers has gained new businesses and three new buildings. The Community Center, American Legion, and a Fire Hall, for the active Volunteer Fire Department, were built with major donations from three people. Donations from the community helped with furnishings for these buildings. The community raised funds and received a grant to install top-of-the-line playground equipment in the village park. The Chambers School, K-12, is proud of their students, who highly achieve in academics and sports and are recognized for their outstanding band.
The Chambers Area Chamber of Commerce works together with the help of local people to sponsor celebrations throughout the year including an Easter Egg Hunt, a big 4th of July Celebration and a Christmas Open House. Their current project is a Homesteaders/Veterans Memorial Park. Chambers is home to the Holt County Fair & Rodeo. Chambers residents welcome new faces and businesses to their little town in Nebraska!
With a small town atmosphere, Chambers continues to support its retail businesses and offer a variety of activities through the school and community events. Chambers is an ideal place to raise a family with a top-notch school system, safe environment, and a variety of activities. The Chambers’ businesses are supported not only by Chambers residents, but also by all the ranch and farm families in the area. The availability of employment is within driving distance all over Holt County and more. A wide range of commercial services are available in O’Neill, 23 miles away. The residents of the Chambers community have combined talent and a strong work ethic to create an ideal setting in which to work and live.
Machine shops in city: 2
Tool and die services in city: 1
Electric motor repair services in city: 1
Type of newspaper in city: Weekly
Local radio station(s): 3
Number of TV channels received without cable: 1
Cable antenna television serves city: No
Number of protestant churches: 4
Number of lodging facilities in community: 2
Total number of rooms available: 4
Number of banks in city: 1
Chamber of Commerce: Yes
Chamber executive is full-time: No
|Public Schools||Number of Schools||Enrollment||Teacher / Student Ratio|
Chambers Public School is proud of its rich tradition of excellence in academics, activities and athletics. The students enjoy the support of parents, community, and an experienced faculty and staff. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, the students have the opportunity to take distant classes as well as in-house college credit classes through Northeast Community College. Approximately 90% of the graduates have pursued post-secondary education. The other 10% take jobs or enter the Military. Graduate surveys indicate that students have been well-prepared for college and the work place. Chambers takes pride in the education they provide to help students achieve the academic, physical, social and emotional foundation needed to become a successful, contributing member of society. Chambers High School has been noted for their outstanding band under the direction of Mr. Duane DeVries and their academic and athletic abilities. Because of the small class size each of the students in Chambers Elementary School receives personal time and attention from the experienced and dedicated elementary staff. A rigorous core curriculum of language arts, math, science, and social studies helps students achieve excellence in and out of the classroom. Chambers Public School coops with Wheeler Central School in Bartlett for sports.
THOENDEL LEARNING CENTER located in Chambers offers the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program to clients ages eight and older. The one-week, intensive, goal-oriented program is designed for the visual-spatial learner. The program is facilitated by a licensed instructor focusing on techniques, understanding how to resolve confusion with letters, words, and other symbols using their creativity and imagination. Reading exercises eliminate guessing and promote comprehension and improved balance and coordination.
Medical Personnel in the Community
|Medical Doctors / Physician Assistants||1|
|Nurses (registered or practical)||1|
Chambers is 23 miles from the nearest hospital, Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Avera has a medical clinic joined to the hospital. From that medical clinic a nurse practitioner comes once a week to the Chambers Medical Clinic. Chambers has an experienced ambulance crew on volunteer duty 24 hours, 7 days a week.
|Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years||2|
|Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years||$150|
|Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House||$250|
|Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)||$50,000|
|Rank||Business Name||Service Sector||Product / Service||Number Employed||Unions|
|1||Chambers Public School||Education||School||50||Yes|
|2||Lambert Melons||Ag Produce||Produce||10||No|
|3||95 West Express||Other Services||Convenience Store||7||No|
|4||Chambers State Bank||Finance||Bank / Insurance||7||No|
|5||Village Market||Other Services||Grocery Store||7||No|
|6||Duba Trailers||Manufacturing||Customized Trailers||6||No|
|7||Green Acres||Gas Station/Fuel Trucking||Service Station||5||No|
|8||Hubel Iron & Welding||Manufacturing||Iron/Welding||4||No|
|9||Boog's Welding||Manufacturing||Welding and Manufacturing||3||No|
|10||K & M||Utility||Phone Company||3||No|
|Type of Government||Village Board|
|Comprehensive City Plan||No|
|City Zoning Ordinance in Effect||No|
|County Zoning Ordinance in Effect||Yes|
|Garbage Service Provider||J & J Sanitation|
|Public Library in City||No|
|Percent of Streets Paved||100%|
|Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel||30|
|Fire Insurance Class||Inside City: 5, Outside City: 8-10|
Standard building codes are enforced in the Village of Chambers. The O’Neill Public Library, 23 miles away, contains 36,126 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 97,341. The library, with 2,493 patrons, is part of the Nebraska Interlibrary Book Loan Program. Story hour is held during the summer months and other special times during the year. Books and records for the blind are also provided. There are six computers with Internet access available to Library patrons. The Chambers Volunteer Fire Department consists of 30 fire fighters including 11 EMT’s and 1 paramedic. A new fire house was built in 2009 with funds donated by a local resident and many volunteer hours. There are 26 fire hydrants in Chambers.
General Population Stats
|Area||Census Year: 2010||Census Year: 2014||% Change|
|Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, July 2014|
County Age Distribution (2014)
|Median Age (2014): 45.2|
|Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released July 2014.|
Actual Valuation of City: $8,196,469 (Year 2015)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value)
|City||County||School||Other||Total Real Property|
All real property is subject to tax at market value. Agricultural land is valued at 72 percent of its market value. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its “net book value”. All other personal property is exempt from taxation.
Number & Type of Roads Serving Community
|Type of Road||Federal||State||County|
|Limited Access, Four-Lane Highways|
|Improved Two-Lane Highways||1||1|
|Miles to Nearest Interstate Highway||Interstate 80||97|
|Miles to Nearest Four-Lane Highway||US Hwy 275 near Battle Creek||80|
Motor Freight Carriers
More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.
Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots
|Destination||Distance by Highway Miles||Days by Railroad||Days by Motor Freight|
|Kansas City||390||N/A||1-2 Days|
|Los Angeles||1517||N/A||2-3 Days|
|New York||1448||N/A||3-5 Days|
|St. Louis||641||N/A||2-3 Days|
|Distance to nearest public airport||25 minutes|
|Length of longest runway||4,400 feet|
|Private aircraft storage available||Yes|
|Private aircraft maintenance available||Yes|
|Distance to nearest commercial air transportation||96 minutes|
Distance to Nearest International Airport
|Name of Airport||Miles to Airport
|Omaha Eppley International||215|
|Kansas City International||377|
Facilities at the John L. Bakerfield, NW of O’Neill, includes 100 low lead fuel, beacon, VOR, overnight hangar, storage, overnight lodging, next day air freight, wind sock, wind tee, major and minor repair, tie down, terminal, and automatic weather service.
|Community served by railroad?||No|
|Distance to Nearest Railroad||23 Miles|
|Functional Piggyback Ramp Available||No|
|Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service||75 miles|
|State electric power deregulated?||No|
|Wholesale Supplier||Niobrara Valley EMC|
Electric System Operator
Niobrara Valley EMC
The Village of Chambers and the rural area surrounding Chambers are served electric power from Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), a wholesale power customer of NPPD. EMC provides service at a distribution voltage of 7,200 with 2,550 miles of distribution lines and 13 substations at three voltages of 34,500 volts, 69,000 volts, and 115,000 volts. Service is provided through 95 miles of transmission lines at 34.5 kV and 69 kV. For more information regarding electrical services in the Niobrara Valley EMC service area, contact John Hoke, general manager, O’Neill, Nebraska, (402) 336-2803, JohnH@nvemc.org, www.nvemc.org.
|Natural Gas Service Available||No|
The water system, serving 100 percent of the village population, has a combined pumping capacity of 1,350 gallons per minute and an overhead storage capacity of 50,000 gallons. The average daily demand on the system is 60,800 gallons, and the historic peak daily demand is 130,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 770,000 gallons per day. The static pressure is 50 pounds per square inch. The chemical analysis of the water system is within the required limits.
Sanitation / Waste Water
|Name of Provider||Village of Chambers|
|Type of Service||Municipal Sanitary Service|
|Sewer Connection Fee||No|
Chambers is served by a four-cell lagoon system designed to serve a population of 375. Two cells were built in 1967 and two were built in 1985. The average daily capacity is 63,000 gallons, the average daily flow is 73,000 gallons, and the historic peak is 167,000 gallons. Improvements to the sewerage system in the next five years include rehabilitating the lagoons at an approximate cost of $1,300,000.
|Name of Local Service Provider||K & M Telephone|
|Number of Long Distance Service Providers||5|
K & M Telephone provides telecommunications services for the villages of Chambers and Inman with a digital central office in Chambers. DMS 10 switching is available along with DSL. Extended area service is available to Chambers, Inman, and O’Neill.