City Fires Back in MECA Flap

City Letter to MECA

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The City of Omaha wasted little time in responding to a controversial shuffle on the board of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority.

On Tuesday, MECA voted to expand the board from five to seven members and extend individual terms from five to seven years.

Mayor Jean Stothert said, “It’s very disappointing to me that without notifying me or the council that they went ahead and unilaterally made the move to extend all of their current terms.”

She said she believed the vote to extend the terms was in violation of the contract and promised a review by the city law department.

On Wednesday, that review manifested itself in the form a letter from the City Attorney to MECA Board Chairman John Lund. That letter states in summary, “Since MECA has violated the terms of both the DONORSTrust contract controls; and state law the City believes that this action is a material default and, accordingly, is providing formal written notice that the MECA Board shall have 30 days to cure the default.”

Failure to comply, according to the letter, could result in the possible termination of the agreement between the City and MECA.

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