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City Council Allocates Tax Incentives For Casino

Jul 21, 2021

The Omaha City Council is moving forward with plans for a new casino in the city.  On Tuesday, Council members agreed to provide nearly 18-million-dollars in tax incentives for the casino at the intersection of 62nd and Q Streets.  According to reports, the new complex will feature live and simulcast horse racing, along with 12-hundred gaming machines, live entertainment and a sports bar. The casino, which will be among the first in the state, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2022.

A former longtime Nebraska state lawmaker has died at the age of 79. Dwite Pedersen of Omaha served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1993 to 2009. Pedersen was a leading advocate for alcohol and drug rehabilitation and worked with troubled youth and prison inmates. Pedersen represented the Elkhorn area of Omaha and ran unsuccessfully for Omaha City Council in 2017. He worked as a counselor focused on youth and was a recovered alcoholic who had been sober for 40 years. He also was known to help prison inmates, including those who rarely got visits from others. 

Protest Group Seeks To Oust Lincoln Mayor/Council Members

Oct 27, 2020

A group is seeking to recall Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and four city council members.  The group LNK Recall is accusing Baird of using authoritarian control to misuse police, destroy small businesses, allow vandalism and usurp legislative authority.  The petition also cites concerns over the appointment of Pat Lopez as health director.   Group members also want to recall council members James Michael Bowers, Richard Meginnis, Jane Raybould and Tammy Ward.


No Scooter Trial This Summer

Jun 17, 2020

Motorized scooters are not returning to Omaha for a second pilot program this summer.  The Omaha City Council has voted not to award contracts to scooter companies Bird and Spin.  Council members and residents expressed concerns about enforcement of scooter rules, the use of helmets and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Omaha city leaders are discussing police reform.  City Councilman Ben Gray says there should not be a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to reform, and officials must consider options that would best serve Omaha.  City Councilwoman Aimee Melton says police leadership has worked to improve the department.  Melton noted that de-funding the police department and making wholesale changes could set Omaha back in its progress.

New Recycling Company In Place

Jan 15, 2020

The city of Omaha is moving forward with a new recycling company.  City officials have awarded a 312-thousand-dollar contract to FCC to haul recyclable materials from collection site.  FCC officials told city officials yesterday that trucks and containers have been ordered and employees are being hired.


Mayor Addresses Convicted Councilman

Sep 19, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is speaking out about a convicted member of the city council.  Stothert released a statement yesterday saying she can do nothing about Council Vinny Palermo.  The mayor says the city charter states that a councilman can be removed from office if they are convicted of a felony, but Palermo was convicted of misdemeanors.  Palermo pleaded guilty earlier this week to not filing his taxes from 2012 to 2014, and he has vowed to remain in office. 

Omaha Mayor Proposes 2020 Budget

Jul 24, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is sending her 2020 budget proposal to the city council.  Stothert says the budget, presented on Tuesday, maintains a low property tax rate and prioritizes public safety and street repair; city department spending will increase by two-point-two-percent, according to the mayor's office.  The General Fund amount is about 420-million dollars, while the All Fund budget is one-point-one-billion.  A public hearing on the budget is set for August 13th.

Full press release from the Mayor's office is below.

City Council Rejects Garbage Contract

Jun 5, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha City Council is rejecting a proposed garbage contract.  Council members voted yesterday to turn down Mayor Jean Stothert's proposal to hire international company FCC as the city's trash contractor for the next decade.  Omaha's current trash contract runs through the end of July, but it can be extended.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Douglas County officials are set to consider an offer to buy the Metropolitan Utilities District headquarters building in downtown Omaha.  The county board is expected to discuss the six-million-dollar offer at today's meeting and vote on it next week.  County officials want to buy the property at 17th and Harney to build a proposed courthouse annex and juvenile justice center.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert wants to rename part of a city street in memory of the founders of the Hope Center for Kids.

Bellevue City Council to vote on 2013-15 budget

Sep 9, 2013

Bellevue officials project a $5 million shortfall in the city's budget over the next two years.

Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt to remain hospitalized

Jun 12, 2013 Images

Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt will remain hospitalized as he undergoes additional tests.

Five incumbents re-elected to Omaha City Council

May 14, 2013

All five incumbents running for re-election to the Omaha City Council won their respective races Tuesday night.