Omaha time capsule: Free meters to be tested -
Published Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:45 am
Omaha time capsule: Free meters to be tested

February 17, 1977: The city would experiment with free parking at downtown meters in the spring. A committee set up by Mayor Glenn Cunningham had suggested the free parking in the area bounded by 15th, 20th, Dodge and Harney Streets. The mayor said he agreed with whatever the committee wanted to try. City Traffic Engineer Richard Klatt said no parking would be allowed at the meters until 9 a.m. daily, and that meter maids would enforce a two-hour parking limit.

1946: The question of whether some of the valuables in Metropolitan Utilities District's trunk should be transferred to the city may come up for public discussion soon. Unofficial discussions had been held recently on the answer to the question: MUD would make an official “in-lieu-of-taxes” payment to the city if the City Council dropped its proposed occupation tax.

1998: Elkhorn taxpayers would vote in the spring on a scaled-back version of a school bond issue they rejected a year ago. The Elkhorn school board voted unanimously to bring a $7.96 million bond issue to voters on May 12. With the board's 6-0 decision, Elkhorn became the first of the three metro area districts that suffered setbacks at the polls in recent years to return to voters. The other two districts, Bennington and Papillion-La Vista, had not decided to go back to voters with revised bond issues.

2005: Speed enforcement on the Interstate highways surrounding Omaha got a jump start, thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. The $24,096 grant would allow Omaha police officers to conduct a number of Interstate operations through March 31, according to a police spokesman. Officer Chris LeGrow said 10 of the 25 motor vehicle fatalities investigated by the Police Department's accident office in 2004 occurred on the Interstate system that encircles the city. Speed was a factor in all 10 of those fatal accidents, he said.

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