Omaha time capsule: Councilmen plan to vote for annexation -
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:43 pm
Omaha time capsule: Councilmen plan to vote for annexation

November 9, 1967: The next step in the battle over Omaha's proposed annexation of Millard would be taken with the Omaha City Council voting to move ahead on annexing Millard. Six councilmen told The World-Herald they would vote to refer the issue to the Planning Board for a public hearing and a recommendation on whether Millard should be annexed. The six commented after a dinner meeting of Omaha and Millard officials at Mr. Kelly's, a restaurant in “neutral” territory, La Vista.

1933: Detective Sgt. Fred Palmtag was stripped of his badge and indefinitely suspended by acting Chief of Police Robert Samardick for alleged “insubordination.” Samardick refused to comment on his reasons for stripping the detective, saying he would make a complete statement later. Palmtag said the trouble arose over a “conflict of orders” in providing a guard for Gen. Hugh S. Johnson at the city auditorium. “There was no intent of insubordination on my part,” Palmtag said. “I was just trying to follow the orders of my superior officers.”

1983: The City of Omaha hoped to purchase by year's end property owned by the Open Door Mission to make way for construction of a parking garage, City Planning Director Marty Shukert said. No one testified at a City Council hearing concerning an ordinance to allow the city to buy the mission property. Shukert said the city plans to make a financial offer to mission officials in the next few weeks, though he said he didn't know how much money would be offered. The council was scheduled to vote next week on the ordinance authorizing negotiations.

2007: Nebraska's State Board of Education voted to allow private school students to get newer textbooks than their public school counterparts were using through a state funded program. The board's unanimous vote changes state rules and regulations to match what has been department practice for the past 15 years or so. But it could raise questions in the Legislature next year. “This is a sensitive issue,” State Education Commissioner Doug Christensen said. “I don't know if that's what the Legislature intended.”

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