The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.
City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.
The video board from Omaha’s landmark Rosenblatt Stadium will soon have a new home.
Burke High School will have the video board in time for the Nebraska state track meet May 18th. Bob Danenhauer, supervisor of athletics for the Omaha Public Schools, says it’ll cost $400,000 to locate the video board at Burke, which will be paid for with donations.
Creighton University’s new president says long-term strategic and financial planning are important to the school’s success.
Father Timothy Lannon gave his first convocation address earlier this week. He’s the first Creighton University alumnus to serve as the school’s president. He says 25 percent of this year’s freshman class at Creighton University are first-generation college students. They’re fron all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 38 countries.
Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.
A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.
Three exhibits coming to Omaha in May tell the story of the Negro Leagues.
“Discover Greatness” opens May 20th at Conestoga Magnet School in north Omaha. Discover Greatness uses a series of photographs to discuss the history and significant of the Negro Leagues. The exhibit is being presented in partnership with Omaha’s Great Plains Black History Museum, and the Kansas City-based Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.
The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.
Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.
Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.