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Mayor Stothert Proposes Street Improvement Bond

Jan 24, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert proposes a 200-million dollar bond for street improvements.  Stothert announced the plan Thursday morning, saying city streets have been under-funded for too long.  Stothert says the bond would cost property owners about 35 dollars per 100-thousand dollars of property value a year.  She wants Omaha residents to vote on the bond in May.


Omaha Mayor Supports Refugee Resettlement

Dec 19, 2019

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is showing her support of refugees resettling in the city.  Stothert sent a letter yesterday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noting that Omaha offers safe and affordable housing, excellent public education and job training for people starting a new life in the United States.  An executive order from the President called on all local governments to send a letter to the State Department by Christmas if they wanted to continue to welcome refugees in their cities.


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. 

City Council Approves Budget

Aug 28, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The city of Omaha's 2020 budget is approved.  The Omaha City Council approved the one-point-one-billion-dollar budget yesterday.  Council members also added funding for one more housing code inspector.  The budget also includes additional money for job training and youth sports.

Council Approves Trash Contract

Aug 28, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha City Council is giving the city's trash hauling contract to FCC Environmental.  Council members approved the contract yesterday.  Starting in 2021, every residence in Omaha will receive two 96-gallon trash carts, one for trash and yard waste and one for recycling. The contract with FCC Environmental will cost 24-million-dollars per year. 

The city council met Tuesday, granting approval of the budget and trash contracts.  To see how we got here, you can listen to when Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about the budget, trash contract, roads and other issues currently facing the city of Omaha. 

While you may have heard about the full length interview, you might  not have time for all 40 minutes of discussion.  Due to listener requests, the abridged interview that aired on 91.5 FM is below. 

Here is also a link to the full interview, for your convenience:

Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about issues currently facing the city of Omaha.  While you may have heard the interview excerpts on this morning's "Live & Local" segment, below is the entire unedited interview.  

In this full length discussion, Mayor Stothert reveals  details on the trash contract, budget creation and approval, the inner workings of city government, the riverfront revitalization, personal details regarding her run for and eventual winning of the office of mayor, and her television sketch comedy experience.  

This full length, uncut interview sheds some light on the process of running a municipality and the person holding the top office in the city of Omaha. 

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.

Mayor Stothert Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Jul 10, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is planning a series of town hall meetings. Four meetings will take place this month concerning the city's first long-term road maintenance and rehabilitation plan. The first meeting will take place next Tuesday, July 16th, at 4:30 p.m. at the Saddlebrook Community Center.

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 To Take Months To Pay Pothole Claims

Jun 3, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The City of Omaha says it may take months to pay back claims made for pothole damage to cars.  The city says it has received over two-thousand claims since the beginning of the year and a little more than half have been reviewed and assigned case numbers.  The city has also been trying to determine if the damage from the claims actually occurred in the city, if the person filing the claim owns the car, and if the damage was actually caused by a pothole.

Trash Contract Proposal Changes

May 30, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is continuing to work a proposed trash-hauling contract for the city.  Under the mayor's new proposal, residents could place unlimited yard waste for pickup each Saturday for six weeks every spring and fall.  Larger households could ask for three carts after 90 days for no additional charge.  Officials say the seasonal yard waste changes could require the city to bid a new contract separate from the next trash removal contract.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has vetoed a proposal that would have banned groceries, big-box stores and other retailers from handing out single-use plastic bags.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Stothert vetoed the measure on Wednesday, because she questioned the measure's effectiveness in fighting litter.

The measure would ban bags from all retailers larger than 10,000 square feet by 2022.

One of the ban's sponsors, Councilman Pete Festersen, has said he would pursue a veto override. That would require one more vote that the ban got when it passed 4-3.

Stothert Proposing Four New Annexations

May 10, 2019

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is proposing new annexations that would add nearly one-thousand residents to the city.  Reports say Mayor Stothert is asking the city to annex four subdivisions -- Stone Creek Plaza, The Willows, Ranch View Estates, and Ranch View Estates Three, all along the far west side of the city.  The proposal will go to the Omaha Planning Board and the city council next month.  If it passes, it would become effective on July 31st.

Trash Contract Vote Delayed

May 1, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha City Council is delaying a vote on the mayor's recommended trash-hauling contract proposal.  Council members decided yesterday to delay a vote on the bid until June 4th.  The mayor had recommended a contract with FCC Environmental that would combine trash and yard waste collection.  Mayor Jean Stothert has asked for an outside review of the lowest bid, which was submitted by West Central Sanitation.

Mayor Responds To Recall Petition Effort

Apr 30, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is responding to a petition effort to recall her.  Stothert sent a six-line letter to Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse yesterday noting that Omaha is well-managed, safe and economically strong under her leadership.  The group, the Coalition to Recall Stothert, will have a 30-day period to collect more than 34-thousand signatures that would be needed to place a recall question on the ballot.  Recall organizers announced on Facebook that they plan to pick up petitions May 17th and hold a kickoff rally the next day.

Group Files Paperwork For Omaha Mayor Recall

Apr 29, 2019

An effort to recall Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is taking its first official step.  The Facebook group Recall Stothert for a Better Omaha says a recall affidavit form was filed with the Douglas County Election Commission on Thursday.  The movement needs nearly 35-thousand valid petition signatures in 30 days to get the question on a ballot.

(Omaha, NE)  --  An organizer of an attempt to recall Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert from office is stepping down.  Eric Scott announced in a Facebook post that he is ending his effort to recall Stothert after he had his family were involved in a car crash last Thursday.  Scott says there is a strong infrastructure in place for anyone who wishes to take over his push for a recall.  Scott had hoped to have a recall petition ready for circulation by late June or early July.