Suburban Scene, Oct. 20 - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 5:26 pm
Suburban Scene, Oct. 20

Truck originally bought in 1947 returns to Springfield firehouse

The Springfield Volunteer Fire Department has brought home a 1947 fire truck once owned by the department.

The vehicle was the first new fire truck the department purchased. It cost $9,000 at the time, paid through donations from neighboring farmers.

“It brought a lot of pride,” volunteer firefighter Bob Roseland said. “It had a heck of a shine on it, with the chrome, red paint and gold leaf. Past members really remember it.”

But by 1980, the truck was out of use, so a family from Craig, Neb., purchased it.

“It was just sitting in the corner, and we were pricing out newer trucks,” Roseland said.

The truck remained on the Craig farm for 33 years. It was up for auction in September, and a Springfield firefighter heard about it through a firefighters' newspaper.

The vehicle made its way home on Sept. 12, and the restoration process has begun. Once the vehicle is operational and restored, it will be used in parades and at fire prevention events at schools.

Papillion councilman to suggest locations for city's 2nd splash pad

Papillion City Councilman Tom Mumgaard plans to suggest potential locations for the city's next splash pad at the Nov. 5 City Council meeting.

Mumgaard said he is considering Glenwood Hills near Nebraska Highway 370 and 84th Street and Eagle Ridge near Cornhusker Road and 66th Street.

Earlier this month, several Glenwood Hills residents sounded off against building a splash pad in their neighborhood park after survey work caught their attention.

Mumgaard said the council needs to move forward building another splash pad.

He's called Glenwood Hills a good location because it's on the south end of town away from the existing city splash pad at Schwer Park, 800 W. Centennial Road. That splash pad is in Mumgaard's Ward 4.

Papillion has two splash pads, the public one in Schwer Park and one at Shadow Lake Towne Center that was paid for by SAC Federal Credit Union.

Highway 34 bridge is expected to be open in about a year, Iowa says

The new Missouri River bridge is expected to be open in about a year, according to a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Scott Suhr, district transportation planner for southwest Iowa, said the project should be complete in fall 2014.

The Highway 34 bridge, as it is currently known, will connect Interstate 29 and southwest Iowa to southeast Sarpy County at Platteview Road. The access road from U.S. Highway 75 is almost complete. Suhr said similar work is progressing on the Iowa side.

Sarpy Chamber of Commerce president resigns; details unclear

Wendy Richey has resigned as the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce president.

The details of Richey's exit are unclear. A chamber employee said the chamber and board cannot discuss the personnel matter.

Richey had been president for two years.

World-Herald staff writer Emily Nohr and World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.

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