OPPD plans $26 million substation at Offutt
The Omaha Public Power District is building a multi-million dollar substation to service the new U.S. Strategic Command headquarters under construction at Offutt Air Force Base.
The work is part of an overall expansion of Offutt's infrastructure to serve the Stratcom project and improve electrical reliability on the base, OPPD spokeswoman Paula Lukowski said.
The OPPD board voted this month to award a contract for equipment at the new substation, which will be on the base.
The substation also will provide power to areas of the base currently fed from an older substation that will be removed, Lukowski said.
OPPD's cost for all the Offutt-related projects totals $26 million, Lukowski said.
Air Combat Command will pay $13 million toward the substation, 55th Wing spokesman Ryan Hansen said. The command will pay an additional $6.8 million to support infrastructure for the new Stratcom headquarters.
Work is being done in anticipation of Stratcom's planned completion date of Sept. 11, 2016.
Gretna School Board upgrades safety rules
The Gretna School Board made two changes to its student handbook with safety in mind.
The first change prohibits students from conducting door-to-door fundraisers. Superintendent Kevin Riley said it is a safety issue to ask children to knock on a stranger's door.
“We've always frowned on any door-to-door (fundraisers,) but have never adequately stated it,” he said.
The second change requires that middle school and high school student athletes use athletic equipment owned by the school district. That includes football helmets.
Riley said the district has upgraded athletic equipment at both Gretna Middle and Gretna High schools. The new football helmets are top of the line, he said.
“It's become an issue where we have to have kids in our protective gear,” Riley said.
Attorney fills Bellevue School Board vacancy
Starting from a field of seven candidates only three weeks earlier, the Bellevue School Board did something the Bellevue City Council has struggled to do for three months: fill a vacancy.
The school board appointed Mike Kinney to fill a seat left open by the May 28 resignation of Alicia Richards.
“I'm flattered and I'm humbled,” Kinney said of his selection.
Kinney, a local attorney, will be sworn in July 8. He has practiced law for 42 years, including handling mediation for the past five years.