What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
pensions fight lost by police
January 7, 1944: Reversing a Douglas County District Court decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court in Lincoln upheld Omaha’s flat $70-a-month pension plan for policemen and apparently, for firemen. The decision was handed down in a city appeal from a district court suit in which policemen challenged the lower pension rate authorized by city voters in 1941. A similar suit by firemen, attacking the law, still was pending in district court, but city officials believed the ruling would apply to both departments.
1967: Omaha’s need for additional vocational-technical education was “broader than Gov. Norbert Tiemann has suggested” Assistant Supt. Edwin Parrish of the Omaha School District said. Parrish, in charge of adult and vocational education, said the district needed to serve all parts of the metropolitan area with a school of continuing education offering parts of programs normally found in junior colleges, community colleges, trade schools, technical institutes and regular adult education.
1985: Gov. Bob Kerrey said he’ll soon order changes in policies regarding State Patrol special weapons and tactics teams. The changes were prompted by the patrol’s fatal shooting of Cairo farmer Arthur Kirk, Kerrey said. “When do you send a SWAT team?” Kerrey asked rhetorically. “It is apparent that SWAT teams have been sent in some situations where it was not necessary.” Kerrey had used as a basis for the policy changes a report by Judge Samuel Van Pelt on the Kirk shooting and a letter from the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, which reviewed the report and interviewed Van Pelt.
1999: Owners of boats and recreational vehicles in Bellevue could be adding concrete to their yards in spring. The Bellevue Planning Commission would ask direction from the City Council on whether it wanted to require such vehicles to be parked on concrete. Papillion, La Vista and Omaha were among cities that require such vehicles to be stored on concrete pads, while Lincoln does not. Last July, at Bellevue Councilman David Sanborn’s request, the council delayed action on a parking ordinance revision.