Opposed to Learning Community, Ralston debates taking grants
Ralston school board members are unsure whether to accept grants from the Learning Community.
The board tabled a decision on accepting $162,169 in grants for a summer school reading program and a literacy coach for grade school students.
Ralston has opposed the 11-district education cooperative.
Board President Linda Richards said district officials hold “a lack of belief in the process” and don't see proper outcomes from the Learning Community.
“But circumstances have changed, and our financial situation has availed us to look at this process,” she said. “We have a responsibility to get as much of this money as we can.”
Board members objected to the Learning Community's desire that the summer literacy programs operate in accordance with a Westside program.
Independence Square concerts will be back, but pared down
A pared-down Tunes in Independence Square concert series will play in downtown Ralston this summer. The concerts narrowly escaped budget cuts last year.
The 2013 edition will feature eight performances in the months of June and August, with no performances scheduled for July. Concerts are slated for Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
City Clerk/Treasurer Dolores Costanzo said her office is still seeking sponsorships for some of those dates.
Great Western Bank is the premier sponsor for the event, and the city also helps fund the concerts. Each individual concert sponsor provides volunteers to work the concert and a snack for 200 people.
Bellevue council will revisit law that outlaws toy guns
The Bellevue City Council will revisit the question of whether toy guns should be prohibited within city limits. A rewritten firearms ordinance will be considered by the council this month.
Police Chief Mark Elbert said an ordinance adopted in February was too broad because it made the firing of toy guns illegal and made no provision for people acting in self-defense.
The proposed ordinance says no firearms will be illegal if they don't propel an object and make only a loud noise.
It also states explicitly that nothing shall prevent anyone from discharging a real firearm in order to defend his or her own life or the life of another. Even so, Bellevue officials say the omission of a self-defense component could not compromise a right that already is guaranteed in state law.
— World-Herald News Service