Busy Week For Omaha City Council


There are a lot of issues facing the Omaha City Council this week ranging from pet ownership to requests for becoming a College World Series vendor.

The city prosecutor's office is asking for the city council to clean up some language in a law targeting reckless pet owners.

If a pet owner is cited three separate times within a two-year period, or fails to comply with requirements for dangerous animals, they are considered reckless owners.

“We do run into situations where people have been declared reckless owners and they continue to have dogs or cats and that's a rough part of our job,“ Nebraska Humane Society Enforcement Officer Mark Langan said.

The measure is intended to streamline the prosecution of those reckless pet owners.

These are not necessarily dangerous animals, rather nuisance pets mainly those that run wild or bark excessively.

“The vast majority of animals that we see from reckless owners are actually good animals, which tells us that the reason the ordinance is in place works, geared toward the irresponsible pet owner,” Langan said.

Currently there are 51 reckless pet owners across the city.

Another issue before the city council Tuesday centers around a stop sign at 38th and Burt.

Back in July, 2007 a distracted police officer ran the stop sign and collided with a car. inside that car, 81 year-old Ovalyn Grice. Even though Grice passed away last year, the city's legal department recommends reaching a $185,000 settlement with her estate for medical bills. The council will vote to approve or deny the settlement.

And as college baseball teams jockey for who's taking the road to Omaha, area vendors are also lining up for license approval.

One of those seeking a license is anchored at the River City Star. The group wants city approval for a fenced in area just north of the star's entrance with live music from June 13th through the 22nd. The city clerk's office has passed the measure on to the city council for its approval.

The request also asks for a 2am outdoor closing time with music ending 1am.


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