Many eyes will likely focus on today’s formal introduction of a proposal to grant legal protections to gay and transgender residents.
That item, though, won’t receive any direct attention from council members during today’s 2 p.m. meeting. The Equal Omaha Coalition says it will hold a press conference afterwards.
Other interesting tidbits from today’s agenda:
- A controversial proposal to ban pedicab and horse carriage traffic around TD Ameritrade Park during the College World Series could be finished.
Council members will be asked to place the item on file instead of voting on it today, as scheduled. Opponents to the ban and the Omaha Police Department have huddled frequently since the proposal’s introduction to hash out a compromise. Stay tuned.
- A proposal to amend the city’s rules on graffiti is getting delayed, again.
Originally set for a vote today, the proposed changes to city ordinances would explicitly require property owners to remove graffiti from their property unless they give the city written or verbal permission to remove it. Crews would continue to remove graffiti from public property and clean up graffiti on private property when it’s encountered during their normal duties. But some neighborhood and business interests oppose the language as currently written. We’re told the latest delay will last at least two weeks.
- The council is also starting procedures to examine the revocation of two liquor licenses.
Council members will vote on two resolutions to set license revocation/cancellation hearings for the Barfly bar at 707 N. 114th St. and the Fedora Lounge at 711 N. 114th St.