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(April 17, 2017)

This is the final week of the Waste Management pilot program testing automated solid waste and recyclable collections.

The pilot started in November 2016 and included 2,500 residential customers.  Homeowners in the pilot neighborhoods should put both carts out on the regular collection day; the carts will be picked up the same day.

At the conclusion of the pilot, all customers will return to using 32-gallon cans for trash, green bins for recycling and 40-gallon brown paper yard bags or 32-gallon cans for yard waste.  Yard waste and garbage must be separated.

This summer, a series of public meetings will be scheduled to solicit input to continue preparations for the city’s next solid waste contract.

Also this week, Waste Management will collect yard waste separately in some Omaha neighborhoods. The gradual return of separate collections will continue as Waste Management prepares for citywide separate yard waste collections in May.

“I expect Waste Management to provide separate yard waste collections this year and the company is gearing up to do that,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.  “Our current contract with Waste Management allows for unlimited yard waste at every home. Our goal is to complete daily collections on time, regardless of volume especially in the spring and early summer.” 

For the last two summers, Mayor Stothert allowed Waste Management to co-collect yard waste and trash to prevent lengthy collection delays that resulted in complaints from homeowners.  Like many companies, Waste Management has experienced a shortage of CDL-licensed drivers.

Residents who experience missed collections of trash, yard waste or recyclables can contact the Mayor’s Hotline at 402-444—5555 or the Solid Waste Helpline, 402-444-5238 after 7:00 p.m.  

*see wasteline.org for more information about preparing yard waste for curbside collection

(April 3, 2017)

Omaha, NE –  The City of Omaha website now offers a detailed accounting of payments made to city vendors.

The city and county IT departments initiated the project in November 2015, to develop identical public reports for both Douglas County and the City of Omaha.  The City’s “checkbook” appears on the city finance department’s page. The link displays both the City and County payment records for all of 2016.  (https://douglasomahatechnologycommissionne.opengov.com/data#/13512/query=F49C60F267E7718D8C2F7A34AD8595DC).

“We pay our bills with taxpayer money and you deserve to know how your money is spent,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “Transparency is your right and our responsibility.  This is another step to make government records easy to access.”

The reports can be searched by date, invoice number, the payee and description of the account, including street repair and resurfacing contracts, job training and workforce development providers, bond payments, health insurance payments, neighborhood grants and community service funds, TIF payments, and property demolition.  More than 50 types of accounts can be searched totaling $503,621,214,77 in 2016.  The funds are paid from all funds, including the General Fund.

A few legal-related accounts are not displayed due to confidentiality.

This month, payment records for January and February of 2017 will be added; new reports will then be added automatically each month. 

“DOTComm’s technical team did an excellent job designing and launching a format that is easy to navigate for all users,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. 

Many additional financial documents and reports are already on the city’s website, including the city budgets (2005-2017), audited financial statements (2005-2015), and Capital Improvement Plans (2009-2021). 

Over the last three years, every page of the city’s website (cityofomaha.org) has been redesigned to provide accurate information, resources and provide a direct link to city departments and the mayor’s office.

  

(March 31, 2017)

Omaha, NE – Heroic rescues, gang investigations, and suspect arrests.   Omaha Police officers nominated ten of their fellow officers for the 2017 Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Award for excellent service to the community.

Crime Stoppers presented the award to Detective Ryan Templeton for solving a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries that resulted in 11 federal indictments. Templeton worked with a multi-state, multi-agency task force to solve the case that included 50 ATM machines, stolen, pried open for the cash and dumped in the woods.  “It’s a great honor to be nominated, even more so to win,” said Templeton.

“Even though we are here today to recognize a few, every Omaha Police officer shares these awards,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.  “You support each other, learn from each other and set an example we can all be proud of.”

The 2017 nominees were Detective Jordan Brandt, nominated for talking a standoff suspect into surrendering and rescuing an infant; Detectives Michael Curd and Vaughn Cotton for arresting s suspect targeting midtown businesses; Detective Jonathan Fraley, a former United States Marine Corps diver who recovered the bodies of a child, a father and a fisherman from local lakes and rivers, bringing closure their families; Detective James Holtmeyer, a gang unit officer who investigated the East Omaha Bloods and east Omaha Crips, arresting numerous gang officers; Detective Brendan O’Flynn, a member of the gang unit and swat team.  O’Flynn saved a suicidal woman who had set her home on fire; Detectives Tiffany Korth and Matthew Worm, for investigating a series of robberies and carjackings; and Sgt. Tina Jennum,  who lead the department to using an innovative system to track pawn shop transactions.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer thanked the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors for its support of the Omaha Police Department.  In 2016, Crime Stoppers paid out $212,000 in reward money, a record high. “I am extremely impressed with our community for assisting the Omaha Police Department,” said Schmaderer.  “I am very proud of our officers and detectives, truly your work makes Omaha a better place. We will continue to serve with respect, professionalism and transparency.”  

Crime Stoppers was established in 1992.  Mayor Stothert described it as part of the police department’s strategy to keep the city safe.

“We are committed, focused and determined. Committed to providing the resources it takes for each of you to keep your pledge to protect and serve, focused on community policing and crime-fighting strategies to address violent crime,  and determined to work together with our community partners, to reach our common goals.”

The Officer of the year Award has been presented each year since 1991.

(March 17, 2017)

For 35 years, Omaha neighborhood associations have partnered with the City of Omaha and Keep Omaha Beautiful to help homeowners with that annul spring ritual; spring cleaning. For five consecutive Saturdays beginning April 22nd, 76 cleanup sites will be open for free disposal of things that aren't collected during normal curbside trash and recyclable collections. Volunteers from more than 100 neighborhood associations will assist with the cleanup.

"This event contributes to the overall quality of life in Omaha. It takes all of us working together to maintain our neighborhoods, parks and public spaces," said Mayor Jean Stothert. "The spring cleanup sends the message that we all want our city to be clean and safe, and those things do go hand-in-hand."

In 2016, 1,200 tons of unwanted household items were collected during the cleanup and taken to the landfill, 109 tons of appliances and tires were recycled. 

For the first time this year, Under the Sink will open for extended hours (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) on the cleanup dates and appointments will not be necessary.  Under the Sink is located at 4001 South 120th Street and accepts household hazardous waste  including paint, oil, pesticides and other chemicals.  For more information go to http://www.underthesink.org.

Other useful information about the 2017 Spring Cleanup:

Omaha Spring Clean Up Additional Details

  • Dates of all 2017 Spring Clean Up events are as follows: April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, and May 20.
  • Appliances, tires, and lead-acid batteries are considered items that require "special handling" so they are not collected at all Spring Clean Up sites. However, each Saturday, there will be a designated site that will accept these "special" items. Call the hotline or check the map on the website for locations of these designated sites.
  • The Spring Clean Up program also offers the opportunity to dispose of large tree limbs and brush that would be difficult to dispose of using the City's weekly yardwaste collection. Each cleanup site will have vouchers available that will cover the disposal cost at an off-site location valid for that day only. The two sites are River City Recycling (60th & Harrison) or the Douglas County Landfill (Highway 36 & 216th Street).
  • Some neighborhood associations will be providing opportunities for recycling (e.g., metals and electronics) as well as opportunities to donate items to local charities for reuse (e.g., furniture, bicycles, and building materials that are in good condition).
  • Omaha residents do not have to be a member of a given neighborhood association to participate. They can take advantage of any dates or locations during the April 22 to May 20 time frame. Please note that residents are responsible for transporting and unloading their own items at a Spring Clean Up site.
  • For additional questions or concerns, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Examples of Accepted/Common Items (NOT a comprehensive list)

  • Furniture (couches, chairs, mattresses, etc.)
  • Carpet
  • Auto parts
  • Tires and lead-acid batteries (at designated locations)
  • Appliances (at designated locations)
  • Swing sets
  • Bicycles and tricycles
  • Lumber
  • Drywall
  • Empty cans, pails, and buckets
  • Railroad Ties must be cut into 1 foot pieces for disposal (no site will accept full-size railroad ties)

Prohibited Items (this is not a comprehensive list)

  • Rocks and concrete
  • Household garbage (putrescible waste) – put out with your normal trash collection.
  • Dead animals, fecal material, and animal bedding
  • Full-size railroad ties — The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has published a guide for disposal. To view the guide, click here. Contact the NDEQ for additional information at (877) 253-2603.
  • Household Hazardous wastes including, but not limited to: 
    Visit www.underthesink.org for proper disposal information
    • Auto fluids (gas, oil, grease, and anti-freeze)
    • Paint and Turpentine
    • Lawn chemicals

(March 8, 2017)

Omaha, NE – Budget projections show the 2016 fiscal year will end with a General Fund surplus over $9 million and every city department is expected to be at or under budget.  A budget surplus has been reported in each of the last four years.

“Managing the budget for taxpayers is my responsibility from the first day of the year to the last,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “We have kept the growth of the General Fund at three percent or less every year, expanded city services and ended each year with a surplus.”

According to the preliminary report, total expenses will be $6.5 million under budget, revenue will be $2.6 million over projections.

Preliminary end of year expense projections include:

  • Omaha Police – under $3.9 million
  • Omaha Fire – under $874,870
  • Public Works – under $362,032
  • Finance – under $194,502
  • Planning- under $864,382
  • Parks, Recreation, Public Property-Even
  • Omaha Public Library-under $467,022

Preliminary end of year revenue projections:

  • Property tax revenue-under $928,834
  • Motor Vehicle Taxes-$2.1 million surplus
  • City Sales and Use Tax- $1.8 million surplus
  • Restaurant Tax - $2.1 million surplus
  • Utility Occupation Taxes – under $2.8 million (This is the telephone tax.  Revenue decline is due to decline in use of land lines)

“Taxpayers expect us to be responsible with their tax dollars and accountable for our spending.  This report shows again we are doing that,” said Finance Director Steve Curtiss.

As required by the City Charter the end-of-year surplus must be carried over to the 2018 budget or used for cash reserve.  Surplus funds cannot be spent this year.

The 2017 budget is available on the city’s website https://finance.cityofomaha.org/2017-adopted-budget.

(March 7, 2017)

Ideal.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer described the addition of a fifth police precinct in Elkhorn as an “Ideal plan for the City of Omaha”.

Schmaderer and Mayor Jean Stothert approved the recommendations of an Omaha Police committee formed last year to study the need for expansion of police services. The group developed a master plan to increase the number of sworn officers to 900 by 2019, and open the fifth precinct.  “This group has nearly 75 years of combined command experience. They were specifically chosen and perfectly suited for this analysis,” said Chief Schmaderer.

A recruit class this year will bring the number of budgeted officers to 860, the number will increase to 880 in 2018 and 900 in 2019.  Omaha will then meet or exceed the "gold standard" of two officers for 1,000 citizens.

The fifth precinct will be built on a four-acre lot at 209th and Cumberland.  The City has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase the property from the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation for $980,000.  Construction is expected to begin next year. The Chief cited numerous benefits of the Cumberland location: easy access to Dodge Street, visibility, improved response times, large property with potential for future expansion and located for future city annexations.

The boundaries of the four current precincts will change when the fifth precinct opens. The new “west” precinct’s eastern boundary will be Interstate 680.  The northwest and southwest precincts will be renamed simply “north” and “south”; their western boundaries will extend further west to 680.  The northeast and southeast precincts will maintain their current names and geographic boundaries.

View new police precinct map

“Five precincts will nicely cover our call load and provide good police services,” said Schmaderer. He said it will especially help with preventing property crimes. “Property crimes are crimes of opportunity. Police visibility will help reduce that.”

“The plan Chief Schmaderer is presenting today continues our commitment to public safety.  It is and always will be our top priority,” said Mayor Stothert. “We don’t need an outside consultant to study our future needs. The Chief and his staff are the experts.  I trust their decisions and accept their recommendations,” said Mayor Stothert.

Chief Schmaderer said the committee analyzed the future growth of the city, the need for police services, 911 call loads, the terrain of the city, types of police calls, crime data, potential annexations, population density and staffing criteria.  The commanders also reviewed data from comparable cities. Schmaderer said he has been evaluating the need for the new precinct since he became Chief of Police more than five years ago.

“You expect your police command staff to provide for the safety of our citizens. Mayor Stothert is very supportive of public safety in our city. She analyzed and vetted our plan and approved it,” said Schmaderer.

Finance Director Steve Curtiss said the costs to build the new precinct are already included in the Capital Improvement Plan. Construction costs are expected to come in near $8 million.

Other costs associated with the new precinct and additional officers will include police cruisers, body cameras, other equipment for officers and startup costs.

The west precinct building will be the second new building to open.  Construction of the southwest precinct was completed last year and opened in October.

The Committee members are Deputy Chiefs Dave Baker and Libby Davis, Captains Adam Kyle, Scott Gray and Marcia West and Lt. Laurie Scott. 

(March 3, 2017)

After 888 hours of training, 52 Omaha police recruits graduated Friday and took the oath to become Omaha police officers.

"I believe the diversity of this class is a beautiful representation of the diversity of this city," said Officer Joseph Nickersen. "We promise to make good on your investment in us." Nickersen addressed the large audience of family, friends, police officers and command staff at the Omaha Design Center.

After graduation, the new officers begin the second phase of training in the field. 

Over the last three years, Mayor Jean Stothert and Police Chief Todd Schmaderer have increased the budgeted sworn strength of the department to 860, a record high number of police officers. Chief Schmaderer and his command staff developed the staffing plan based on crime statistics, call loads, response times and population growth. A second staffing plan and a recommendation to add a fifth police precinct has been completed and will be presented soon, to continue the recent growth of the department.

"The citizens of Omaha regard public safety as our primary responsibility. That's why it's our top priority too," said Mayor Jean Stothert. "All of you understand and accept the risks and rewards of police work, that’s why you are here. So, it is especially important to thank you and your families  for the risk you will take on the job."  

Deputy Police Chief Greg Gonzalez saluted each new officer, administered the oath and pinned the badge on their uniform. "This job bears an overwhelming responsibility. Embrace it because very few get the opportunity," said Gonzalez.

"Some of us could pay the ultimate price. God forbid it should happen. But if it does, we will give our lives honorably, with no regret. This really is the best job in the whole world," said Officer Nickerson.

For the second year in a row, one recruit was honored with the Kerrieon Award, named for Officer Kerrie Orozco. Officer Orozco was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2015.  The award was presented to Officer D'Nasha Q. Jackson for modelling Officer Orozco's leadership, character, commitment, fortitude and unselfishness.

(February 15, 2017)

Omaha, NE – A job training program to prepare teens and young adults for careers will receive a huge boost from Mayor Jean Stothert.

Step-Up Omaha Summer Jobs is an annual program created by the Empowerment Network in 2012 to place applicants in summer jobs and career exploration programs.

In each of the last three years, the City of Omaha has contributed $500,000 to Step-Up. At a 2017 kick-off event today, Mayor Stothert repeated her pledge to increase the city’s funding to one- million dollars in 2018.

“This level of support will help Step-Up grow to a year-round program,” said Mayor Stothert. “We invest more money in Step-Up than any other job training program, because it works.”

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer believes there is a direct connection between Step-Up and the reduction in violent crime during the summer months.  "The Empowerment Network is a valuable community partner for law enforcement and Mayor Stothert’s increased financial support will have significant benefits for our community,” said Schmaderer.

Step-Up Director Jami Anders-Kemp called Mayor Stothert a great partner and called on businesses, non-profit organizations and churches to become partners by creating jobs or providing additional funding. “I’m asking everyone here to bring in at least two new businesses this year,” said Anders-Kemp.

Woodmen Life is a long-time partner with Step-Up, placing participants in summer jobs. 

Woodmen Executive Vice-President Denise McCauley calls Step-Up a good business decision. 

“Woodmen Life is a company that is community oriented and we have always had a focus on youth,” said McCauley. “My call to action is to ask other business leaders to take the initiative to support the program.  It helps the community and your business.”

Step-Up is open to applicants age 14-21. 

To apply for Step-Up, visit Stepupomaha.com.  To date, 510 applications have been received.  The goal is to place 600 people in jobs. The application deadline is March 6.

Each year we provide a public report card listing accomplishments in each of our strategic priorities:

  • Enhance public safety and the perception of safety
  • Optimize delivery of city services
  • Maximize development in disadvantaged areas
  • Enhance and expand job and business growth
  • Build trust through managed communication
  • Influence change in state policy

We developed our strategic plan during my first year in office.  It guides our decisions and holds us accountable. Every department director and my staff worked together to create our strategic focus.  We continually monitor our progress and report to you annually. I hope you will agree that we have improved efficiency and customer service, we are spending your tax dollars wisely and prioritizing public safety to keep you families and neighborhoods safe.

 

2016 STRATEGIC PLAN REPORT CARD

ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE PERCEPTION OF SAFETY

-New Southwest Police precinct headquarters opened in Millard in October 2016

-Appointed and trained new members of Citizen Complaint Review Board (CCRB)

-Completed three-year plan to increase sworn strength of Omaha Police Department, increasing       number of officers from 804 in 2013 to 851 in 2016.

-57 recruits started training at the police academy, graduation scheduled March 2017

-Omaha Police reported 29 homicides in 2016, the lowest homicide rate in 13 years

-Omaha Police reported 119 shootings in 2016, the lowest number in ten years

-Omaha Police reported an 89% clearance rate, one of the highest clearance rates in the country

-Reduction in number of complaints against police officers

-Reduction in number of excessive force complaints

-Crime Stoppers paid more than $200,000 in rewards for tips leading to arrests.

-OPD completed three dead storage sweeps to clear abandoned vehicles from neighborhood streets

-Implemented body camera program and developed policies for use of cameras

-OPD offered or participated in 79 community safety events serving 63,802 people

-OPD offered 214 crime prevention presentations educating 13,073 people

-PACE increased participation to 2,279 young athletes

-Opened Kerrie Orozco Memorial Baseball Field at Miller Park

-Mayor Stothert appointed Dan Olsen Fire Chief

-OFD Truck 53 returned to service.

-24 new firefighters graduated from OFD training academy

-Completed recruitment for 2017 OFD recruit class

-Replacement of five medic units, three truck companies, five Battalion Chief vehicles, twelve inspector cars, and two heavy duty plow trucks

-Every Omaha firefighter participated in Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVO) refresher training.

-Begin replacement of all OFD Personal Protective Equipment

-Purchased three additional extractors (machine used to clean protective hoods worn by firefighters that have been exposed to harmful products or working fire) for Central Station, Station 34, and Station 42. This will place an extractor in each Battalion and at training center.

-Omaha Fire Department received a grant from State Farm Insurance funding Nebraska’s only arson dog,

-OFD purchased two MSA TIC cameras, lightweight technical rescue Personal Protective Equipment for HAZMAT technicians and water rescue gear for Truck 53.

-Created the Aspen and Alley Project, a collaboration between the Omaha Fire Department and the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation to promote fire and water safety education to children.

-OFD installed 1218 smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in homes

-The Omaha Fire Department received $2,300,000 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to provide funding for 493 radios distributed to seven (7) professional and volunteer fire departments in Douglas County, including the Omaha Fire Department.

-The City of Omaha received the Office on Violence Against Women award of $750,000 to the Improve Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program.  Funding provides law enforcement, criminal justice, and community agency support and enhancement of Omaha's coordinated community response to domestic violence survivors.


-2016 Community Service Programs funds totaling $1,407,500 allocated to community organizations serving residents, youth, homeless services, and re-entry job training programs in the City of Omaha. 

- The City of Omaha is the fiscal agent for Tri-County Planning, Exercise, and Training (PET) Region State Homeland Security Grant funding to first responder agencies in Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties. The City received $631,050 in Fiscal Year 2016 pass-through funding from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. This grant provides funding for a new Omaha Police Department bomb response vehicle, law enforcement situational awareness equipment, law enforcement personal protective equipment, first responder training and exercises, an Omaha Fire Department ethanol fire suppression foam trailer, hazardous material response supplies, DotComm network security improvements, and public health response resources. These capabilities serve as mutual aid assets for surrounding communities.

-The Omaha Public Library revised security procedures to make the library a safer space for everyone.

OPTIMIZE DELIVERY OF CITY SERVICES

-Fiscal year 2016 expected to end with approximately $9 million surplus

-Parks Department completed playground renovations at Elmwood Park, Cross Keys Village, Benson Lions/Bemis Park, Hanscom Park, Kingswood Park, Ta-Ha Zouka, Yale, and Spring Lake Park

-Park improvements completed: Harvey Oaks Tennis court fencing, Levi Carter site improvements, Pollinator Park design completion, Tranquility soccer complex renovation design, Deer Ridge Pool turf and shade awning installation, Hummel Park Nature Center bullet slide installation, Trap and Skeet Patio renovation, South Omaha Trail Phase II Completion, Barrington Park bank restoration, Benson Park pedestrian bridge connector, Crow’s Nest remodel at Dodge Park Marina

-Civic Auditorium demolition completed on schedule

-Demolition of Storz Trophy Room Restaurant completed on schedule

-Veteran’s Shine On holiday lighting inaugural event at Memorial Park

-Signed agreement with UNO making Isaacson Field at Seymour Smith Park the home field for Maverick Men’s baseball

-Offered summer day camps; Adventure Omaha, Benson, Hummel, Zorinsky

-Forestry Division trimmed 2,001 trees, removed 1,709 trees, removed 200 stumps and planted 1,998 new trees

-As a result of the Emerald Ash Borer, Division of Forestry treated 75 Ash trees and removed 250 trees from public property

- 587 traffic issues and requests were submitted and processed by traffic maintenance, with an average response time to the citizen of less than 24 hours.

-Mobile tablets allowed Public Works to collect the condition status of 374 pavement symbols during a month-long period, a 62% increase in efficiency from 2015.

-30 TIF projects (TIF loan $70,073,247) approved totaling $550,008,289 in investment

-Completed 2016 annexation including 6,052 people, 786 acres of land and $456 million in real estate and property value.

-Expanded use of Accella for permit applications, plan reviews, code enforcement, fire inspections and trade licenses. In 2016, increased on line permit applications and approvals to 74% of total requests

-Financial analysis completed on modern streetcar project

-Approved agreement for City to take ownership of B-Cycle bikes and stations, allowing for the expansion of the Heartland B-Cycle program

-Awarded Transit Oriented Development Technical Assistance Grant from the Federal Transit Administration for opportunities along the Bus Rapid Transit route

-Planning and Public Works staff completed public participation training in conjunction with Douglas County Health Department

-Completed agreements with technology providers to locate infrastructure within City right-of-way

-Completed citizen survey of snow removal procedures and revised policies to improve response time before and during a snow event.

- Hired 16 additional Public Works employees and purchased 14 new single axle trucks.

-Hired 21 private contractors for residential snow removal

-Started Waste Management Pilot program to test automated solid waste, yard waste and recycling collections

-Started test of Hefty Energy Bag recycling program

-Hired SCS Engineers to evaluate yard waste collection program and alternatives and conduct a public opinion survey and comparison of collection services in local and regional communities

-American Planning Association named the South 24th Street Business District one of the Great Streets in America

-Record participation in the Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program:  28,412 participants logged 251,320 hours of reading.

-Labor Relations Director and Benefits Director hired in Human Resources Department

-Improved provider contract discounts with major hospital systems, improved pharmacy benefit manager agreements and effective disease and case management programs have improved care and mitigated health care costs. The city’s three year claim trend average is 3.67%, well below the industry average of 8.25%.

-Selected Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska for employee health care, resulting in improved fixed costs and continued enhancement to pharmacy benefit manager arrangements.

-Human Resources administered 1,500 employee flu shots and 140 health assessments at 2016 health fair.

-HRIS system contract approved by Mayor and City Council with Infor and implementation partner, Ciber; needs assessment and key employee training

-EB Jacobs selected as the police and fire testing vendor.

-211 supervisors completed supervisory training, safety modules will be added to training in 2017.

-FMLA policy updated and approved

-Mayor Stothert recommended and the City Council approved cost-sharing projects on unimproved streets including: 113th Street north of Pacific, 78th Avenue and Poppleton, South 95th Circle and the Rockbrook neighborhood.

-Mayor named a citizens advisory committee to review a new cost sharing policy for Road Maintenance Districts and Street Improvement Districts

-Mayor recommended and City Council approved 2 percent property tax rate cut, the Mayor’s second cut in three years.

-Mayor Stothert named Human Rights and Relations Board to investigate complaints and develop educational programs

-$75,000 awarded for neighborhood improvement projects through Mayor’s Neighborhoods Grants program

-91.77 lane miles of street resurfacing projects completed at the cost of $8.9 million

-$1.3 million in concrete panel repair city wide completed

-CSO Projects completed: Spring Lake Park Phase I, Adams Park, John Creighton Blvd, Nicholas Phase II, 49th and Caldwell, Cole Creek 204 Phase I, 74th and Nina

-CSO Projects in progress: Gilmore Avenue 60% complete, Spring Lake Park landscaping 90% complete, Gilmore Avenue Landscaping 10% complete

-Transportation projects completed: 32nd Avenue widening, 72nd and Pacific traffic signal replacement, Florence streetscape, 180th and 192nd turn lanes, 42nd and Q Steet bridge and roundabouts, 99th and Fort pedestrian bridge rehabilitation, 204th and Cumberland turn lanes

-Graffiti abatement team responded to 2,644 reports of graffiti, 1,202 on public property and 2,644 private property

-MWH Global, a Colorado-based consulting, engineering and construction firm, hired to study Omaha’s current CSO plan and make recommendations that could lower the estimated $2 billion cost.

MAXIMIZE DEVELOPMENT IN DISADVANTAGED AREAS

-Housing and Community Development Division completed 793 projects including home repair for the elderly, emergency home repairs, residential rehabilitation, energy efficiency repairs and new home construction.

-The Deer Park Redevelopment Initiative begins its second year. Accomplishments to date include eight demolitions of unfit, unsafe structures; four properties acquired, to be conveyed to Habitat for Humanity for new housing, nine properties with children under age seven made lead-safe and 17 comprehensive housing rehabilitations completed or underway.  Twenty organizations have joined the Deer Park Initiative.

-Sold city property to Omaha Economic Development Corporation for $1 to facilitate development and opening of the Fair Deal Marketplace

-Prospect Village Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative recognized with National Award of Excellence from NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials)

-Completed 252 demolitions of unsafe properties

-Completed 34 lead hazard control units

-Completed 131 lead soil samplings

-Completed 39 lead paint assessments

-Lead education, outreach and training events for 2500 attendees.

-Omaha Municipal Land Bank hired Executive Director and listed first properties for sale on its website

ENHANCE AND EXPAND JOB AND BUSINESS GROWTH

-Riverfront Development Committee named to repurpose and spur growth along the waterfront

-“Lot B” development committee completes analysis of development potential and prepares recommendations

-Mayor Stothert eliminated 2017 licensing fees on small businesses: go cart tracks, merchandise vending machines and distributors, rental halls, theatres, mechanical amusement and mechanical amusement distributors, used motor vehicle, auto musical (juke box), pool hall, auto musical distributor, express (delivery service), electronic video amusement and electronic video amusement distributors.

-Appropriated $500,000 to the Empowerment Network’s “Step-Up Summer Jobs Program”

-Omaha named one of 20 TechHire communities to receive support to spearhead efforts to help overlooked and underrepresented Americans start technology careers.

-Omaha ranked Top Ten Digital City for transparency, open government and citizen engagement

-Human Rights and Relations Department certified 92 new Small and Emerging Businesses (SEB) and re-certified 41.

-Partnered in 28 SEB Outreach Events (Chamber, OPS, Empowerment Network, NBDC) that attracted 924 attendees

-Provided 12 SEB training courses that attracted 145 attendees

-REACH: More than 60 companies are benefiting from the REACH services. 88 business loans have been approved for these companies, nine have received bonds, most for the first time. Fifty contracts have been awarded to these small businesses, each with an average value over $100,000. Nine construction-related firms with minority ownership have been created with the help of REACH, four companies have been started by women of color.

- Expanded the requirements for economic inclusion in city contracts.  Contracts over $100,000 for the professional services of architects and engineers are now required to include economic inclusion plans. All companies awarded contracts over $500,000 dollars must include economic inclusion plans for each project.

-Appropriated $440,000 to Heartland Workforce Solutions which  created the “ACT Work Ready Communities Program” that empowers counties and states to develop a common workforce framework to drive economic growth to match the county’s workforce development to the needs of the business industry.

-Appropriated $64,530 for re-entry job training programs offered by ReConnect , the Kumani Center and the La Casa Del Pueblo Re-Entry Project.

-Hosted 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials for total economic impact of $74,545,759

-City ordinance passed to regulate operation of food trucks and collection of restaurant tax

-City Ordinance introduced to allow entertainment districts  (Passed by City Council January ’17)

BUILD TRUST THROUGH MANAGED COMMUNICATION

-Completed 7 Town Hall meetings

-Mayor’s Facebook followers increased to 10,474, Twitter 6,649

-Mayor’s Hotline created 28,961 service requests             

-Discrimination reporting and awareness campaign helped garner an increase of 88 charges

-Public survey leads to changes in snow policies

-Created directory of boards and commissions on Mayor’s website with eligibility requirements, schedule of board openings and applications

-Completed redesign of all City department webpages

-OPD increased Facebook presence to over 100,000

INFLUENCE CHANGE IN STATE POLICY

-Allow DREAMERS to apply for professional licenses (LB 947) Support

-Prohibit the use, possessing or selling of flying lanterns (LB 136) proposed by Omaha Fire Chief

-Change distribution formula under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund to allow excess proceeds to revert back to the generating turn back qualifying arenas (LB 285) Support

-Allocate $13.7 million of state funds to help shore up the levees around the Offutt Air Force Base on the Missouri River (LB 956)

-Change the Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act and the Sports Arena Facilities Assistance Act to allow Omaha a greater area for turn back revenue from hotels (LB 884)

-Supported A resolution to study merits of a regional certified crime lab should be pursued in the metropolitan Omaha area (LR 601)

(February 3, 2017)   An Omaha medic unit removed from service during the Suttle administration will be reactivated this summer to serve the growing neighborhoods in northwest Omaha. Medic 78 will be located at the fire station north of Blondo on 144th Street.

Mayor Jean Stothert and Fire Chief Dan Olsen made the announcement Friday as Olsen took the oath of office.  Mayor Stothert named Olsen chief last month.

“Chief Olsen shares my number one priority and commitment to public safety,” said Mayor Stothert. “He has the wide range of firefighting experience to provide excellent leadership.”

The Mayor listed a number of accomplishments made over the last eight months as Olsen served as interim chief including the graduation of 24 new firefighters from the training academy in May, the start of the 2017 recruit class this month, the return of Truck 53 to service and the replacement of five medic units.

Olsen said his goals include, “enhancing our city’s public service delivery while leading a department that is willing to spread the sentiment of appreciation to our community who has given us the opportunity to serve.”

Chief Olsen was hired in 1993 at the rank of firefighter.  He has been promoted to numerous command positions including Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Interim Chief.  He is also a certified police officer, graduating from the police academy in 2009.