With COVID cases rising and limited hospital capacity, Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse said Tuesday that she will issue an indoor mask mandate for the city of Omaha effective at midnight.
"If the City Council and/or Mayor would agree to this action, I would do it ASAP," Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse said of implementing a temporary mask mandate.
Six teacher unions representing the Omaha, Millard, Bellevue, Papillion-La Vista, Ralston and Westside districts sent a letter to five city councils on Thursday seeking a community-wide mask mandate.
Only "minor adjustments" to current districts are needed to ensure that they are substantially equal in population, Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen said.
Omaha City Council voiced its support Tuesday for the development of a climate action plan and an affordable housing plan by the city.
The first electric buses in the City of Omaha's fleet will hit the street in the opening months of 2022 just as the city begins work on a climate action plan.
Drips owner Tres Johnson said he lost about $5,000 in plants and other items after the heavy rain caused flooding. Customers who came in to buy plants and a fundraiser helped him recoup his losses.
Council members had attempted to add money to permanently fund a protected bike lane and incorporate recommendations of a future bicycle/pedestrian master plan, among other vetoed amendments.
Vetoes targeted funding for a permanent bike lane, a bicycle and pedestrian master plan, streetscape improvements along North Saddle Creek Road and a website for Councilwoman Juanita Johnson.
The four Democrats on the Omaha City Council voted to direct $40,000 to a small business program, choosing it over a proposal to provide legal aid to those facing eviction.
Councilman Pete Festersen and other City Council members say finding ways to get more people vaccinated against COVID will be the best way to bring the pandemic to a close.
The Omaha City Council will vote Tuesday on proposed changes to Mayor Jean Stothert's proposed $456.1 million general fund budget the city's next capital improvement program.
The city is asking for feedback from the public about how to use the dollars. A feedback form can be found on the city's website at: cityofomaha.org/american-rescue-plan-act.
Pete Festersen was elected council president, and Vinny Palermo will serve as vice president.
Pete Festersen will serve as council president and Vinny Palermo will serve as vice president.
Three monuments displaced by riverfront development in Omaha were rededicated during a ceremony at Memorial Park.
The updated election results included about 9,000 previously unreported ballots. Most of them were by-mail ballots turned in Tuesday, and a few hundred were provisional ballots.
Most incumbents appeared to fare well Tuesday night, although one longtime councilman was in danger of losing his seat.
Political newcomer Juanita Johnson was poised to defeat longtime incumbent Ben Gray for the Omaha City Council race to represent northeast Omaha, based on partial results Tuesday night.
Whatever your choices, let's have a strong voter turnout for this general election.
Supporters of Mayor Jean Stothert and candidate RJ Neary sound off about the election and Omaha's future.
Our endorsements for the other City Council contests are for Festersen, Watkins, Harding and Kohen.
An editorial on Wednesday will address the contests in the remaining three City Council contests.
Incumbent Pete Festersen is facing Sarah Johnson, a former bike shop owner, in the race to represent the Dundee, Benson and Florence areas on the City Council.