What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
City council okays study of jobs, pay
January 15, 1958: By unanimous vote, the Omaha City Council authorized a $12,000 study of city jobs and salaries. The Public Administration Service would recommend a new set of personnel rules by March 31. And a job classification report and pay plan would be submitted by July 1. The assistance of the Chicago firm was requested by Personnel Director Ernest Howard and approved by Mayor Johnny Rosenblatt. Council President A.V. Sorensen said the Personnel Director “can’t do the job alone.”
1943: Omahans won the first round in their renewed campaign to obtain a third of their own auto license payments for city street purposes when LB 29, sponsored by Omaha Sens. Charles F. Tvrdik, Sam Klaver and Peter P. Gutoski, was unanimously reported to general file after hearings before the legislature’s revenue committee. No opposition speakers appeared. Under an amendment, which Tvrdik announced before the committee, yield to the city was estimated at $103,000 by City Solicitor William Wenstrand.
1993: A health care complex taking shape at 156th Street and West Dodge Road would include a fitness center with year-round tennis courts, swimming pools and basketball courts. Healthcare Equities Group of Grand Rapids, Mich., would build the fitness center. It would be one part of a development planned by Nebraska Methodist Health System for its 46-acre site on the intersection’s northwest corner, said Stephen Long, health system president. Methodist officials announced plans for the development in September 1991.
2006: The state would contribute more to pay off the Qwest Center Omaha under two legislative bills — one introduced the week before and another expected next week. The original financing formula required a large number of national and regional conventions to trigger up to $75 million in state payments. But the money flowing to the city under that formula was far below what was originally projected, and Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey had warned that a property tax increase was on the horizon to address the gap.