What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
December 5, 1973: City snow removal vehicles were falling like flies during the storm, said Public Works Director Terrence E. Pesek. By early afternoon, 10 of the 35 city-owned vehicles had broken down, he said. “We just had three calls from South Omaha from people who want to know why the city puts so much junk on the street — (that) it just breaks down,” Pesek said. Pesek had been complaining about the city vehicles since shortly after he became director in August.
1945: Take one more ounce of flesh off it, and the body of the trucking industry will fall apart. That was the diagnosis before the Omaha City Council by George Truman, bus and truck line operator, representing Omaha members of the Midwest Operators’ Association. He and several other motor carrier operators appeared to protest the Council’s proposal to levy new taxes. “Any of those proposed taxes or any infinitesimal part of them would burden the trucking business past the point of bankruptcy,” Truman said.
1985: Jim Suttle, director of the Omaha Public Works Department, defended the city snow removal policy against complaints about the 580 parking tickets that were issued over the weekend as a result of the policy. Suttle said the policy was designed to give citizens something they have been requesting — better snow removal. A neighborhood association, saying the policy was arbitrary and discriminatory, had called a meeting to discuss complaints. Because of the snowstorm, the city banned parking on all emergency snow routes and prohibited parking on streets east of 72nd Street. Omaha police issued 580 tickets for violation of the parking restrictions.
2001: The Douglas County Board voted to spend up to $20,000 to hire a private law firm to represent it in a dispute with eight county elected officials over the 2001-02 budget. The previous week, the board agreed to pay up to $20,000 for the elected officials to hire their own private law firm for representation. Officials with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office say they can’t represent either the board or the elected officials because of the potential for conflicting interests.