What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Bellevue attorney questions $25,900 cost for paving
Feb. 21, 1940: The present village board of Bellevue, according to W.R. Patrick, village attorney, has been trying to find out why the village owes $25,900 in paving bonds when there was not a foot of paving in the village. Altogether, according to R.M. McLaughlin, a member of the present board, the village owed $44,000 in bonds. Patrick said the new board had found in the minutes of the board’s meetings that on June 2, 1924, paving bonds were issued.
1964: The College of St. Mary was embarking on a $6 million campus development program. Six buildings would be constructed on the 80-acre campus at 72nd Street and Mercy Road by the early 1980’s. Immediate plans were to spend $1.2 million on a science hall and on renovating the art department and library facilities.
1986: An extensive beautification program for Abbott Drive between Eppley Airfield and downtown Omaha was being developed by the City of Omaha. Bob Astleford, director of parks, recreation and public property for the city, told the Omaha Airport Authority Board recently that the purpose is to “convert the four-lane traffic way into an impressive gateway to the city to continue the positive image that you (the airport authority) created with the new passenger terminal.” Astleford and Dale Mathre, city park planner, estimated the program would cost $628,000.
2005: Some law enforcement agencies already tape suspect interviews, but a proposed law requiring agencies to record all such interrogations has drawn concerns about cost. State Sen. Patrick Bourne of Omaha said the bill would benefit both law officers and those accused. It’s a tool to protect the integrity of the justice system against false claims and to ensure the rights of interrogation subjects, he said. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office already tapes all interrogations done in a formal setting. “If you have the capability, why not use it?” said Sheriff Tim Dunning.