April SONA Letter from State Senator Heath Mello
The owners of the Aksarben Beef building at approximately 24th & Vinton are interested in changing the zoning converting the building into apartments. If you are interested in learning more and attending the public hearing on April 4 at 1:30pm please see the attached notice – 3101 South 24th Street.
For Stored Potential 2, thirteen banners about Transport(ation) will be added to the existing ones in May. In celebration, twenty teams of chefs and designers are creating ‘elevation stations’ to inhabit the 36th Street bridge over I-80 for the Elevate Dinner on June 3rd. The 500-person community celebration is a new type of collaboration between those who shape the spatial and food landscapes of our city and is meant to further the conversation of both banner topics: Land Use, Food, Agriculture and Transport(ation). The bridge offers a full view of the grain elevator and provides commentary on transportation infrastructure: I-80 clipped and decommissioned the elevator, made two neighborhoods from one, and produced a massive flow of goods though the city. Tickets for Elevate will go on sale in April. For more information visit www.emergingterrain.org
Thursday, March 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Tip Top Ballroom, 1502 Cuming Street. The Neighborhood Center along with Mayor Jim Suttle of Omaha and Mayor Tom Hanafan of Council Bluffs, will be hosting the Mayor’s Breakfast and the Neighborhood Innovation Awards. This is the only fundraising event planned to benefit the Neighborhood Center this year and we need your support. Please consider attending or contributing to the Neighborhood Center. For additional information, contact Ron Abdouch at (402)319-5140
At this time of year every park needs a little help getting ready for the busy summer months ahead (some more then others). With our very dry winter, many trees in the parks need mulch placed around them, picnic tables need painting and an over litter cleanup for the grounds. If this is something your group would be interested in please contact Kay Replogle at email@example.com for a great volunteer park opportunity.
Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc., along with the City of Omaha, will once again hold our annual City Spring Cleanup. The Cleanup Hotline will be activated on March 27th so that you may find out the date and location of the cleanup site in your area. Call 402-444-4636 on or after March 27th.
Cleanup Dates: April 14th April 21st April 28th May 5th May 12th May 19th
Sites will be open from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM Sites will accept large bulky items that cannot be picked up curb side. Items NOT ALLOWED – paints, pesticides, concrete, railroad ties, yard waste and limbs. Vouchers will be available to dispose of yard waste at River City Recycling (60th & Harrison) on that date only.
In spring 2010, the Greater Omaha Chamber, in partnership with community leaders and organizations, completed the South Omaha Development Project Master Plan. The planning process included considerable community engagement and input and resulted in a document that outlines several recommendations for strengthening and growing South Omaha. In the plan, a particular call to action is outlined regarding housing. The plan identified significant housing challenges facing South Omaha including: rehabilitation and renovation; demolition and new construction; small lot sizes and configurations; financing issues, diversity in the needs for different housing types and sizes, etc. Over the last year and a half, the Chamber has engaged numerous stakeholders in the housing development and financing professions to understand South Omaha’s housing needs and opportunities.
To bring our community closer to a housing solution, the Chamber’s community development team recently issued a request for proposal to conduct a housing demand assessment and develop a comprehensive housing strategy for South Omaha. In an effort to maximize limited resources and provide focus, the assessment will target a smaller area within South Omaha, specifically the area from the Missouri River to the Kennedy Expressway and from L Street to approximately Center Street. While this does not cover the entire geography of South Omaha, it is a starting point. Hanna:Keelan Associates, P.C., a community planning and research firm, was selected to provide consulting services for the assessment and strategy. For the next few months, we will conduct a community engagement process that incorporates gathering data, engaging stakeholders and community leaders, and determining a secure housing strategy. Through this project we hope to identify or create a strong housing organization that will implement the strategy.
In the next few days, you should receive a survey in the mail. We greatly appreciate your willingness to complete and return the survey by April 12. As a South Omaha resident and/or property owner, your response is valued. The data you provide will help create a solid plan to address South Omaha’s housing needs.
If you would rather share your feedback in person, you are encouraged to attend one of the following three upcoming listening sessions on Thursday, April 12:
• Saint Joseph Tower, Angel’s Loft (15th Floor), 2205 S. 10th St., 10a.m. – noon
• One World Community Health Centers, Conference Room, 4920 S 30th St., Rm. #103, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
• Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Tree Top’s Restaurant, 3701 S. 10th St., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
We look forward to your participation in this important community endeavor! For more information contact JoAnna LeFlore at 402-978-7956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19, 2012 – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle announced today that Deputy Chief David Baker will be the city’s interim Police Chief beginning March 31, 2012. Baker, a 23 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department (OPD), will assume the duties of Chief Alex Hayes who will retire at the end of the month.
“Deputy Chief Baker has worked closely with Alex Hayes and will be able to continue practices implemented by the Chief aimed at reducing crime in Omaha,” said Mayor Suttle. “As Acting Chief, Baker provides stability within the police department and for the community as a whole.”
Baker supports community policing and the technological changes made recently to track shooting incidents in Omaha. David Baker has served as Deputy Chief for more than 4 years. Prior to that, he served as Captain of both the Southwest and Northeast precincts. Baker is also the Executive Bureau Officer, making him second in command of OPD. In this capacity he is responsible for the Neighborhood Service Unit and for community outreach on behalf of the Police Department. As Deputy Chief, Baker has also been in charge of disciplinary standards for OPD.
The City will be conducting a nationwide search for Alex Hayes’ replacement, which will include candidates currently serving on the Omaha Police Force. The position will be posted tomorrow, March 20, 2012. Candidates will be screened in May, and the Mayor will make a final selection before the end of June.
In a collaborative effort with Metro bus service and ModeShift Omaha, on March 6,
2012, the Omaha City Council is placing a resolution on the City Council agenda to
promote a “Ride the Bus to Work Day” in the month of March. Project sponsor,
Councilmember · Chris Jerram, said “Councilmembers are encouraging Omaha
businesses and citizens to utilize public modes of transportation as an inexpensive,
convenient and viable form of transportation in Omaha”.
Councilmember Jerram states, “the Metro transit bus system offers Omaha citizens a mode of transportation that is a critical link to jobs, economic expansion and quality of life in our community. At a time when gas prices are rising sharply, it saves money and wear and tear on vehicles, while reducing traffic congestion and air pollution”.
The Omaha City Council encourages community and business leaders to work with
their employees through the use of publicity or incentives, as well as encourage other associates and friends, to use the Metro public transportation through the month of March and show the rest of the country that a united city can make a difference.
To demonstrate their commitment, all members of the City Council are participating in “Ride the Bus to Work” on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. They have numerous committee meetings and a formal Council meeting on that day and their routes to work are from seven sectors of the City.