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Suburban Scene, Aug. 25

Suburban Scene, Aug. 25

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Papillion councilmen hope to honor military in park name

Two Papillion city councilmen say a new name for Triangle Park could honor the community’s military roots and those who serve their country.

Councilman Steve Engberg and Councilman Jason Gaines are interested in renaming the park to Veterans Park.

“We really don’t have any place set aside in the city,” Engberg said. “It’s been Triangle Park for as long as I remember, but I don’t know that it’s a sacred name.”

The park has a new flagpole and holds a Blue Star Memorial Marker that serves as a tribute to the armed forces.

Other metro area communities have parks named in honor of veterans. Bellevue established American Heroes Park on Sept. 11, 2012. Offutt Air Force Base has a memorial to fallen warriors on its parade grounds. Omaha has Memorial Park, home to monuments recognizing veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Bellevue study will clarify land use regulations near Offutt

Bellevue is joining an effort to ensure that land development around Offutt Air Force Base remains compatible with the base’s mission.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is preparing to ask the federal government to finance a $250,000 study to identify potential land uses that might conflict with Offutt’s responsibilities. The study also would present guidance to the U.S. Department of Defense as to which missions or installations might be appropriate for the base.

Funds for the study would come from the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment and would require $25,000 in local funding.

The City of Bellevue agreed to contribute $5,000 toward that. MAPA will solicit the remaining $20,000 from Sarpy County, La Vista, Papillion, the Omaha Development Foundation, the Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation and Mills County, Iowa.

In a letter to Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, MAPA executive director Greg Youell said poorly conceived development can have serious consequences, potentially restricting what the base could be used for as well as threatening the public’s safety.

The study comes at a time when Bellevue and Sarpy County are discussing how to develop hundreds of acres of industrial land south of the base.

Sanders said the study will provide valuable information. “We want to keep the base viable because of the effect it has on our economy,” she said.

“It will benefit the base as much as us.”

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