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1 YEAR AGO Jan. 27, 2011: Possible removal stirs mixed emotions – Residents remember turmoil from 1994 event – A possible recall of City Council members is stirring up memories of a recall 17 years ago. Some residents say a recall could divide Lincoln in two and other residents contacted by The News Messenger say a recall is needed. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, resident Bob Birdseye presented a petition, signed by 110 residents, asking to recall Mayor Paul Joiner and Councilmen Spencer Short and Tom Cosgrove if council doesn’t remove Lincoln’s city manager and assistant city manager. By law, 20 percent of Lincoln’s registered voters would have to sign the petition, which equals 4,831 voters. Some residents who say a recall could divide the town in two witnessed firsthand the City Council recall in 1994. Newly-elected Councilman Stan Nader was one of the council members recalled in 1994. “It divided people, divided friendships,” Nader said of that recall. The 1994 recall took place because the City Council implemented a utility users’ tax without going to the voters, which they were allowed to do at the time, according to Nader. 10 YEARS AGO Jan. 24, 2002: Public upset Zumalt dismissed from MAC – Citizens who felt pushed aside and placated by city and county officials voiced their anger Monday night at the monthly Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting. At times, some of the 40 or so people present seemed on the verge of beginning a fist fight, much like has happened at many sporting events. “It seems like government by and for the people is getting a little fuzzy around the edges,” Lincoln area resident Nick Greco said angrily. Several issues had been raised, which many felt had not been properly addressed by those in positions to do so. Issues of old and outdated maps provided to planners, EIRs which were perceived to be ignored, “out of control growth,” land acquisitions for city and county facilities, pollution and cleanups, and wastewater treatment, all volatile issues which had previously been brought before the MAC figured into the growing frustration. 20 YEARS AGO Jan. 23, 1992: Tainted lots dot city’s main street – Downtown Lincoln’s future development could be hampered due to eight contaminated lots on G Street. The eight contaminated sites include: three lots on the corner of First and G Streets: two lots on McBean Drive and G Streets: the old Lino’s Deli site on Sixth and G Streets; groundwater contamination under the corner of Seventh and G Streets; and the old Poor Boys Gas Station site on Third and G Streets. There may be other contaminated sites that haven’t been determined. The lots are contaminated with hazardous substances such as gasoline, diesel and oil. Community development director Rodney Campbell said contamination in the soil or water has a tendency to affect sites. “The potential problem is that it could be so expensive that no one will fix it,” said Campbell. “They become abandoned or pass-over lots.” 50 YEARS AGO Jan. 25, 1962: Record Snow Storm Amazes, Delights, Frustrates Residents – It just doesn’t happen here – but Sunday it did. Snow – three or four inches of the white stuff – covered Lincoln and the surrounding area, and brought whoops of joy from the small fray, many of whom had never seen snow before. Old-timers agreed that Sunday’s snowfall was “most unusual” to say the least, and was virtually without precedent, although several lighter snowfalls were recalled, notably in 1937, 1918, and 1908. However, none of these remained on the ground for such a long period. Snow also was reported in the early 1950’s but this melted as soon as it hit the ground. The local pharmacy reported a rush on film purchases as local residents hastened to record the historic event, and service stations were deluged with calls for antifreeze as temperatures hovered around the freezing point. 75 YEARS AGO Jan. 28, 1937: Boys Have License Suspended for 30 Days – The old saying “boys will be boys” was emphasized last Monday by some four or five of the younger boys at the high school, when they took their cars from the high school parking places without permission and proceeded to race up and down 6th Street and 5th Street. They were reported to Principal R. A. Lee, who summoned them to his office, where he gave the boys a sound lecture – admonishing them that a repetition of the offense would be more serious. In the meantime, Officer Murphy has been apprised of the racing spree of the boys and had gone to the school office where he contacted the boys, also, and advised them that they had better report to Judge Grey as they had violated the school rule and the city ordinance and the state law. The boys complied and on their way evidently decided to make a clean breast of the affair and surrendered their drivers licenses, which will be withheld for thirty days and returned to them on their promise not to repeat the offense. Compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy. The entries appear as originally published.