The “turn-back” grants are back for another year to benefit South Omaha projects. A public hearing to gather community input is planned for Friday, Sept. 28, in the conference room at the old South Omaha City Hall, 5002 S. 24 Street. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.
According to the revised Nebraska Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act, 10 percent of the funds received by the City of Omaha in “turn-back tax” from the State each year will be distributed to areas with a “high concentration of poverty.” Those funds are to be used to showcase important historical aspects of those areas, or to assist with the reduction of street or gang violence in the target area.
Areas in North and South Omaha have been determined by the Nebraska Legislature to meet the “high poverty” definition, and under statute, a committee has been established for each of those areas to oversee the distribution of the money. By statute, that committee includes the city council member and the county commissioner who represent the area, plus an area resident appointed by the other two members.
Councilman Garry Gernandt and Commissioner Mike Boyle, who represent South Omaha, will again work with Anita Rojas for this fifth year of the program. Under State law, they are to decide what projects will benefit from a portion of the funds that have been “turned back” to Omaha from state sales tax generated at the CenturyLink Center and Omaha Hilton.
The application period is underway with forms available online at the city and county websites, or in the City Clerk’s Office, 1819 Farnam Street, Suite LC-1. Applications must be submitted to Councilman Garry Gernandt no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. There will be no exceptions for applications received after that time. The funding is open to 501 (C) 3 organizations or organizations that will use a 501 (C) 3 as their fiscal agent.
The qualifying area in South Omaha basically is the southeast corner of Omaha. It is bounded on the south by Harrison Street, by 42nd Street on the west, Interstate 80 on the north from 42nd to 24th Streets and “L” Street on the north from 24th Street to the Missouri River on the east. This year projects in an area with close geographic proximity to the target area that would have a significant or direct impact on the target area are eligible.
Grant recipients will be notified by mail in December.
DOROTHY M. PATACH, BSN, MSNED, BSHE
Dorothy Patach is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She has
spent her life and career practicing and teaching nursing, and
advancing the nursing profession.
Dorothy received her nursing diploma at the University of
Nebraska in Lincoln in 1944, and went on to earn a Bachelor of
Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Nursing
Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During
her diverse career, Dorothy worked at Jenny Edmundson
Hospital School of Nursing, Clarkson Hospital, and the
University of Nebraska Medical Center. Working in the
operating room, Dorothy accumulated many unique
In the mid-1950s, Dorothy developed surgical drapes for new
procedures that were later made into pre-packaged sterile plastic drapes by the Minnesota Mining Company. She assisted with
the testing of Formula 99, a liquid soap, which in bar form later became “Dial Soap.” She was part of a team that modernized the
old Clarkson Hospital operating room which went on to receive the “Hospital of the Year Award.” When asked what motivates
her, Dorothy says, “I was raised to serve mankind and keep my community healthy and safe. In nursing, you work to meet the
medical, physical, and emotional needs of your patients, which is truly rewarding.”
Dorothy’s service to the nursing profession is vast and comprehensive. Among the many professional organizations she has been
involved with, Dorothy has served in leadership roles in the Nebraska State Nurses’ Association, the District 2 Nurses’ Association,
the National League of Nursing, the Nebraska League of Nursing, and in every office on the UNMC College of Nursing Alumni
Association Board of Directors. She continues to volunteer at UNMC, including in the Alumni Relations Office.
Dorothy has been involved with community and neighborhood betterment since 1945. She is involved with countless South
Omaha community groups, including the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, the South Omaha Business Association, and the
South Omaha Community Care Council, among many others.
In 2001, the Omaha City Council passed a resolution that designated a parcel of public property to be named the “Dorothy
Patach Natural Environmental Area.” This was in honor of her commitment and activism on behalf of neighborhoods, civic
organizations, the environment and public health. In her free time, Dorothy enjoys gardening and yard work, sewing
and hand crafts, non-fiction reading, home repair, and working to improve her community!
What a great meeting this past week! Thanks to everyone for being patient as we transition into the new space at the South Omaha Library. I wanted to follow up quickly with some key information from our meeting. Thanks for your efforts in South Omaha and please let me know how to strengthen them.
SONA is proud to partner with Metropolitan Community College, City of Omaha, State of Nebraska and many others to mark the important impact of the working people of South Omaha. Join us for the unveiling of the newest historic marker.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Metropolitan Community College
South Omaha Campus
27th & Q
DOOR TO DOOR SALES SCAMS
The Omaha Police Department has received complaints regarding people going door to door claiming to be selling books for the University of Nebraska Omaha. We have contacted UNO and they do not have their students going door to door selling books. The complaints have ranged from assertive behavior to requests for cash, checks and keys to a car.
If someone comes to your door to sell you something, and they seem suspicious, please contact 911 so that we can investigate further. Remember, within the city limits of Omaha, peddlers can only sell door to door between 8AM -6PM, and they must have a photo id and a peddlers permit. The only exemption is for “Not For Profit” organizations. For more information on the peddlers’ ordinance you can go to this site: http://www.cityofomaha.org/planning/permits/images/stories/bldg_development/Peddler%20Permit%20Municode.pdf
If you are not a member of a Neighborhood Watch Group, please consider starting a Neighborhood Watch by contacting your Crime Prevention Specialist listed below.
NW Precinct – Bridget Fitzpatrick firstname.lastname@example.org 402-444-6478
NE Precinct – Theola Cooper email@example.com 402-444-3367
SE Precinct – Ofelia Robles firstname.lastname@example.org 402-444-7743
SW Precinct – Pam Ehrhart email@example.com 402-444-7928
KNOW ABOUT A CRIME?
Text, Click or Call Crime Stoppers!
text OPD to 274637 (CRIMES)
You could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 and we will never ask you for your name your name.
Download a pdf to share with your neighbors
Please join me in an Adobe Connect Meeting if you can’t join us in person!
Meeting Name: SONA September Meeting
Invited By: Elizabeth Moldenhauer :The Neighborhood Center (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When: 09/06/2012 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US and Canada)
To join the meeting:
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection: http://unoconnect.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
In February President Mike Battershell was asked to sit on a task force to explore problem landlords and develop a list of recommendations the city and state could enact that would enhance neighborhoods. The group came together and found 59 opportunities to change ordinance and start new practices that would enhance both proactive and punitive efforts in dealing with problem properties.
The report is below and we look forward to working with the city to implement the recommendations.
new location! We will now be meeting at the South Omaha Library. The addition of wifi is important to recording and broadcasting our meeting. We believe this will enhance our organization and allow it to continue to evolve.
Thursday September 6
South Omaha Library meeting room