Bellevue man seeks to build firing range
A resident is asking for City of Bellevue approval to open an indoor firing range near 36th Street and Nebraska Highway 370.
Robert Whaling wants to build the Take Aim Indoor Shooting Sports and Training Facility inside an existing building.
According to documents submitted by Whaling, the facility will serve gun enthusiasts, police, military, civic groups, corporate events, parties and team competitions.
The proposal went to the Bellevue Planning Commission last week and will now go on to the City Council.
Whaling served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, including as superintendent of law enforcement at Offutt Air Force Base.
The gun range is a response to the increasing popularity of shooting sports, Whaling said, although education will be a focus.
Whaling said he intends to reach out to women, who represent a small percentage of those involved in shooting sports. He said a women’s night will be scheduled, aimed at making women feel more comfortable around firearms.
Papillion picks site for Public Works
The City of Papillion has identified a site for a Public Works facility.
The city’s Public Works Committee selected land owned by Charles Dittus near 96th Street and Portal Road across from the La Vista Public Works building.
Initially, Dittus had no interest in selling the land, so the committee approved taking the site through eminent domain. Dittus then agreed to accept the city’s offer of just over $1 million.
The Papillion City Council approved the deal Tuesday.
Bellevue resolves fire contract dispute
Everybody gave something and got something in negotiations between the City of Bellevue and the firefighters union.
A contract dispute was resolved after the union accepted the city’s pay proposal and the city agreed to make them retroactive to Oct. 1.
The dispute pitted the union’s complaint about low wages against the city’s insistence that the part-time positions offer convenience.
Firefighters, most of whom work part time, largely set their own hours so long as they work 528 hours in a six-month period.
About three years ago, the state ordered Bellevue to move from a volunteer fire department to a fully paid department.
The process is gradual, and currently only the fire chief, an assistant fire chief, four battalion chiefs, three fire captains, two assistant EMS supervisors and a fire inspector are full-time. The rest of the 135-member force are part-time employees.
Papillion golf courses are in the black
Business at Papillion’s city golf courses, Tara Hills and Eagle Hills, has picked up steam this year with the help of some good weather and new management.
In 2009, expenses were scaled back. The next year, two employees were laid off, and in 2011, the city’s golf general manager resigned.
But for the 2011-12 fiscal year, the courses generated about $277,000 profit, said Lori Hansen, director of Papillion’s Recreation Department. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, the courses are ahead about $60,000.
City officials attribute increased revenue for this year to the warm fall, which helped recoup losses from the harsh summer heat.
Foundation ends year with $140,000
The new Bellevue Community Foundation is ending the year with $140,000 in the bank or pledged, and with three specialized funds already established.
Kathy Sullivan, vice president of the foundation board, said Bellevue donors have kicked off three funds targeting specific uses:
» Greg Ongert, a former administrator with the Bellevue Public Schools, has provided the initial donation for a fund that will help renovate Bellevue’s public tennis courts.
» Tom Hansen, owner of Hansen Construction, and his wife, Mary, director of nutrition services for the Bellevue Public Schools, have created a donor-advised fund.
» The Bellevue Bicycle Club under Rick Sanders, owner of the Richmont Village retirement community and husband of Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, has established a fund to stripe bicycle trails.
Springfield moving toward new well
Springfield is taking the first step to create a new water well.
The City Council approved a resolution to work with Olsson Associates for a water study and water system improvements. The city had three wells in the area, but one became contaminated and had to be closed.
— World-Herald News Service