What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
All city offices ask for cash hike
December 6, 1948: City Department bosses brought forward their 1949 budget requests and left the City Commissioners and Mayor knee deep in tears. Without exception, the departments were represented as needing more money. Some were in dire distress according to the pleadings. The municipal airport was in such bad shape the City was in danger of losing half a $500,000 investment in runways. Airport buildings were “a mess,” according to airport manager Lee Huff.
1977: Reassessment had been demanded by a state senator on proposed reformatory property in Omaha assessed at $8,190 for which the senator said the owner was asking the state to pay $225,000. State Sen. John Savage of Omaha said the property is in east Omaha and was owned by Monarch Oil Co., an Omaha firm headed by Marvin Walenz. Walenz said Omaha offered $60,000 for the property last July and that a price never had been set on the property.
1993: A state legislative committee had introduced a plan to resolve conflicts between surface water users and groundwater users, but the Legislature wasn’t likely to address the issue in the coming session, a state senator said. The issue, however, was somewhat urgent, said Sen. Chris Beutler of Lincoln, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. Kansas residents had threatened to sue Nebraskans over the depletion of groundwater in the Republican River Valley, he said, because they believe farmers’ use of groundwater has reduced the amount of water in the valley.
2007: The Omaha City Council wasn’t buying into the idea of state-imposed restrictions on phone and Internet ticket sales during the first 48 hours they’re available. But city officials weren’t ruling out other legislative attempts to dissuade people from buying tickets and reselling them for a profit. City lobbyist Jack Cheloha said that the city would consider backing a proposal that could make it more difficult for so-called ticket brokers to acquire large numbers of tickets to events at the Qwest Center Omaha.