What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
CONSTRUCTION STRIKE ‘MAY BE LENGTHY’
June 4, 1974: Contractor and union officials said that the Omaha area may be in for a lengthy construction shutdown. The officials said the main issue in a strike by Cement Finishers Local 538 — double pay for all overtime work — probably would be tough to resolve. Pickets for the cement finishers appeared at many building projects in the area. Members of other construction unions refused to cross the picket lines, shutting down work on the projects.
1941: The city council held equalization hearings for the second time on a $34,445 sidewalk tax levy ordinance for sidewalks installed during 1939 and 1940. The first levy was rejected by Treasurer Otto Bauman’s office, which reported more than 50 errors in description of property subject to tax. Commissioner Trustin agreed that re-enactment of the ordinance was advisable to avoid technical challenges against the nearly 1,300 tax entries. He said mistakes in abstracting occurred in the rush of work.
1994: Visitor parking on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus continued to confound administrators, who appeared to be backing away from a proposed parking garage near a sorority house. UNL officials told an N.U. Board of Regents committee that they still saw a need to build a parking garage on the south side of the campus. But there were three potential locations, including the one near the sorority house, and maybe more possibilities. John Benson, a UNL planning director, said the concentration of galleries and performance halls, plus classrooms, labs and the administration building, crowd parking on the south end of the campus.
2008: Curtis Cellar said he’s willing to solicit petition signatures at his Grand Island restaurant to try to derail moving the State Fair from Lincoln to the central Nebraska city. “Don’t want it,” Cellar said of the fair and a 2 percent occupation tax that had been proposed on Grand Island restaurants and bars to help finance the move. A group seeking a statewide vote on whether the fair should move hoped to find more people like Cellar, owner of Grand Island’s Library Restaurant and Lounge. Six Lincoln residents and one Omahan, calling themselves FairVoteNebraska.com, filed a referendum petition with the Secretary of State’s Office seeking to ask voters in November to repeal the new state law moving the fair from Lincoln to Grand Island’s Fonner Park.