Newscast 03.14.22: South Sioux City to get 5$ Dollar Grant for Wastewater Treatment Plant; New Agreement Will Strengthen Industrial Tech Training in Northeast Nebraska
The Omaha City Council will consider reducing the decision-making powers for the city health director in the event of an epidemic. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the proposal up for discussion tomorrow comes two months after Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse issued a mask mandate for Omaha amid a surge of COVID-19 infections.
The proposed ordinance would give the city health director only the power to certify the presence of an epidemic. If a threat is established, a special epidemic health director would be responsible for coming up with a plan to manage it. Any order could be rejected by the mayor. The City Council also would have the ability to weigh in.
The City of South Sioux City will be getting some of the money from the $1.5 trillion bill cleared by the U.S. Senate has appropriated the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city will receive a five million grant. It will go toward the building of a $40 million waste water treatment plant on the city’s south end to support housing and business growth.
A new agreement between Northeast Community College and Wayne State College holds the promise of strengthening the region’s industrial technology workforce, according to college officials.