What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Council votes 5-1 to build city-county building on Occidental site
January 24, 1968: The City Council made it official, designating the Occidental block as the site for the proposed city-county building. The councilmen voted 5-1 to accept the Eppley Foundation’s offer of $2,250,000 to acquire the block bounded by 18th, 19th, Farnam and Harney Streets for the building. At the same time, the councilmen, not wanting to accept or reject a proposal for a four-block civic center at this time, sent the proposal back to the Planning Department for a detailed study.
1946: Mayor Charles Leeman and School Board Chairman William Kunold said they did not believe that County Assessor Joe Stolinski had adopted “scientific” appraisal tax figures. Leeman made the statement after he had called Chairman Clarence Kirkland to explain the investigating committee’s findings. “The committee’s figures show that had the scientific appraisal, which was made in 1939, been used in the past four years there would have been $4 million more tax money collected,” the mayor said.
1990: Plans to build a new U.S. Postal Service substation at 26th and Leavenworth Streets remained on hold, a postal service spokesman said. Demolition of the old Alamito Dairy plant at the site was under way, on order of the City Council. The city was spending about $46,000 to raze the structure. The dairy closed in 1977 after 74 years in operation in Omaha, and the vacant building has been the scene of several fires in the last 13 years.
2007: Bars and keno parlors took a financial hit after Lincoln banned smoking in most public places, according to a University of Nebraska Bureau of Business Research report. More Lincoln residents quit smoking, though, and the air in Lincoln bars and restaurants is significantly cleaner because of the smoking ban, according to other surveys and studies, said a health advocacy coalition. “After two years of implementation, the smoke-free Lincoln law is a tremendous success,” said Cindy Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for Tobacco Free Lincoln.