January 18, 1968: Mayor A.V. Sorensen ordered his new Traffic Safety Advisory Committee to restudy a proposed downtown truck route. At the same time, it was learned that the Omaha Chamber of Commerce had withdrawn its support of the proposed route. This, according to City Design Engineer Burt Whedon, was one reason the route was not marked or put into effect. The route was designed to keep heavy trucks off Douglas and Harney Streets between 14th and 19th Streets.

1948: Omahans last year paid $560,294 in pensions to policemen's widows and former public school teachers, police and firemen. Salary contributions of $163,350 swelled the fund to $725,645, Walter L. Pierpoint, president of the Association of Omaha Taxpayers, Inc., reported. The contributions came from police, firemen and teachers still working. Estimating Omaha's population at 240,000, Pierpoint said, the $560,294 broke down to a cost of $2.33 per capita.

1991: The Morgan administration had recommended that Waste Management of Nebraska take over the city's suspended recycling operation, an aide to Mayor P.J. Morgan said. “No matter how you cut it, Waste Management was the best and lowest bid,” said Walt Peffer, a member of a committee selected to analyze bid proposals that were submitted. He said the city likely would not save $1.2 million annually, the expected savings under the current recycling contract with Refuse Resource Recovery Systems. Peffer said, however, that the city should be able to incorporate the recycling effort “for about the same cost as taking the garbage directly to the landfill, and that is just unheard of nationally.”

2007: Omaha was not backing down in the fight against gun violence. That's the message Mayor Mike Fahey delivered in Wednesday's State of the City speech, when he noted that despite a drop in overall crime, “the increase in gun violence is a serious concern.” The problem came to the forefront last month after a wave of violence, predominantly in north Omaha. Nine people were injured in shootings over a five-day period in mid-December.

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