Omaha time capsule: County attorney asks for firm stand on delinquency -
Published Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:51 pm
Omaha time capsule: County attorney asks for firm stand on delinquency

November 16, 1945: Firmness in the correction of offenders and the creation of a special police detail were two of the major reforms urged by County Attorney Kelso Morgan to help solve Omaha's serious juvenile delinquency problem. Morgan also favored rigid enforcement of parole laws and the centering of responsibility for the failure of an effective parole system.

1967: A Cleveland consulting firm recommended granting the State Department of Roads final authority over every street, road and highway in Nebraska. The consultants also proposed a death sentence for the State Highway Advisory Commission, reorganization of the department's administrative structure and streamlining of accounting, inventory, personnel and data-processing procedures. The conclusions of a six-month study of the department's organization and operations by the firm of Ernst & Ernst were released in a 246-page volume about the size of an Omaha telephone book and an appendix just as large. Centralization of authority and integration of the entire traffic network were the main themes.

1995: The director of Omaha's public library system expressed hope that the Daub administration and the Library Board could resolve contentious issues on who holds governing power over the libraries. “It's been all-consuming,” said Lon Dickerson. “We've got to get to the point where the library can operate again without being embroiled in these unresolved issues month after month.” The Library Board accused Mayor Hal Daub of meddling in operations that are the domain of the board and library administrators. Daub said he had executive authority over all city departments, including the library. The board agreed to try to reach a compromise.

2001: Citing the importance of the public-private partnership that would build the city's convention center and arena, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey offered a compromise in the dispute over the term lengths of board members who oversee the project. For more than a month, attorneys for the city and the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority board have debated when board members' terms end. Fahey suggested the two sides split the difference and let John Blazek, the board's vice chairman and an appointee of former Mayor Hal Daub, serve until May.

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