What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
February 14, 1946: State aid for school districts was opposed by the Nebraska Farmers Union. The convention, in session at the City Auditorium, by voice vote declared opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment to create a school fund by levying a state tax to collect $8 million to supplement school budgets. The amendment, sponsored by the State Teachers Association, would provide that the proposed tax would supplement each school budget by $40 a pupil annually.
1967: Beer in the City Auditorium — long a politically unmentionable subject at City Hall — came up for brief mention at a conference of Omaha officials. The meeting included discussion by the mayor, city council and department heads of Omaha revenue needs. Parks, Recreation and Public Property Director Charles Christiansen said that from $500,000 to $600,000 would be required to air-condition the auditorium arena, improve acoustics at the Music Hall and make other improvements.
1985: The Hickory Hill subdivision may prompt the city to install a $65,000 pumping system at 82nd and Carey Streets to increase pressure to homes in that area. The Papillion City Council had instructed City Engineer Bob Dreesen to prepare design plans for the pumping system and to present them at the council’s March 5 meeting. Dreesen said, because the city’s water system depends on gravity for water distribution, water pressure in homes on hills has been lower than those in lower-lying areas. He said in some Hickory Hill homes at higher elevations, the average water pressure is 30 to 34 pounds per square inch. That compares with water pressure as high as 100 pounds per square inch in lower areas of town.
2002: It had been called a “white elephant” and a “delightful, old antique,” but the Bellevue Bridge wouldn’t wear the name Sarpy County Bridge any time soon. A bill that would have given the 50-year-old Missouri River toll bridge to Sarpy County was killed in the Nebraska Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Sarpy County Commissioner Tim Gay called the action “good news.”