What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
more pay is sought for sewer
October 29, 1966: The City Council would be asked to approve payment of $155,000 to the ABC Construction Company of Tulsa, Okla., in settlement of the Saddle Creek sewer dispute. Mayor James Dworak said the sum was agreeable to ABC and its bonding company, the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company. The city already had paid the firm $388,649 for work done through July 31 on its more than $1.9 million contract. The council would be asked to approve payments of $24,346 and $6,409 for work done in August and September. Dworak said it was the “only way” to settle the controversy, get ABC off the job and continue with the building of the two-mile-long sewer.
1937: The street car company’s offer to sell its Douglas Street bridge to Council Bluffs for $2.5 million was a valid and enforceable offer, according to an opinion by Harley H. Stipp, Des Moines attorney, sent to Council Bluffs City Attorney Proctor Perkins. The bridge law, Stipp said, specifically said that special grants may be made “part of the purchase.”
1985: University of Nebraska President Ronald Roskens and two members of the Board of Regents said that they opposed salary reductions for faculty and staff. Reductions would be a “severe blow” to employees who already are underpaid, Roskens said. Roskens, John Payne of Kearney and Nancy Hoch of Nebraska City were responding to a suggestion made during a Board of Regents meeting that the reductions be an alternative to cutting or eliminating programs if the Legislature trims the university’s general fund budget. The suggestion was made by Regent Robert Koefoot of Grand Island, who said Nebraska citizens have indicated that they don’t support elimination of programs.
2005: The chairman of Nebraska’s Water Resources Committee said he is concerned that migrant birds could bring the bird flu to central Nebraska. Carroll Sheldon called for a plan to address the issue in a meeting of the Central Platte Natural Resources District. The Platte River Valley is a natural stopover for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, such as Sandhill cranes. Officials needed to find out how Nebraska’s Health and Human Services was preparing for a possible outbreak, Sheldon said.