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1 YEAR AGO March 24, 2011 – City’s $1.1 million land sale not happening – That figure will have to be cut from city services – A $1.1 million land sale that would have resulted in 23 sweat-equity-built homes will not happen as planned, which means no revenue boost for the city’s General Fund. That’s according to the city’s public information officer Jill Thompson, who announced in a March 10 press release that the land sale for the Creekside Village Project will not happen this year, as planned. “The city has been informed by its affordable housing developer, Mercy Housing, that they will be leaving the single-family housing business to focus exclusively on developing and managing affordable rental housing properties,” Thompson said. “This means that the $1.1 million land sale for the Creekside project in Lincoln that would have generated one-time revenue for the city’s General Fund for fiscal year 2011-2012 will not be moving forward at this time.” Thompson said the deficit projected for the city’s General Fund next year was $1 million. 10 YEARS AGO March 21, 2002 – Stadium funding is slow in coming in – “Fund-raising for the new stadium seems to be stalled,” said Roger Yohe, superintendent of Western Placer Unified School District, at a recent school board meeting. Lindy Grey, stadium fund-raising advisor, disagreed with the superintendent. “Things take time,” she said. “We’ve been working with major and minor donors all along.” Fund-raising project director Gene Bennett said, “The potential for added contributions is unlimited. We have only contacted about 3 percent of the Lincoln residents so far.” He also said Yohe didn’t mean the fund-raising team had not been doing its job, but that some pledges which had been promised had not been received. The state-of-the-art stadium is expected to cost $3.1 million, with the school district responsible for $1.5 million and the city of Lincoln providing $351,000. The rest of the funds will have to come from public donations. 20 YEARS AGO March 19, 1992 – Civic auditorium plan set, building funds in jeopardy – Four building schemes were narrowed to one in a final workshop set to decide what improvements need to be done to Lincoln’s Civic Auditorium. More than a dozen seniors filled the room to help city building officials and architects decide on the best plan for the building which will serve as a senior center and community hall. City Senior Planner George Dellwo said the workshop was a success in that “Plan B was unanimously chosen by the audience.” The renovation will include 261 stackable seats, a small projection room, a senior’s lounge and an area to store crafts projects. An entrance will be contrasted on both sides of the stage which will include a dressing room. The kitchen will also be renovated. A permanent balcony will also be constructed, adding to the seating capacity, said Dellwo. Before the work begins, said Dellwo, asbestos must be removed from walls, ceilings and floors. The auditorium, built in 1921, must be brought up to safety standards. 50 YEARS AGO March 22, 1962 – So. Pacific Approves New Signal – In a letter to Kenneth Thompson, city administrator-engineer, this week the Southern Pacific company has indicated its willingness to assume 50 per cent of the cost of installing improved warning signals at the Fifth street railroad crossing in Lincoln. According to the letter, the total cost would be $6,715, of which the city would assume $3,070. If funds are available and if the city qualifies, half of its share could be paid with matching state funds, as was the case when the Third street crossing was installed. It is expected the railroad company’s offer will appear on the agenda of next week’s city council meeting. 75 YEARS AGO March 25, 1937 – Liquor Licenses Amount To Nearly $3,000 – Complete allocation of $2,958,009.26 to cities and counties as their share of liquor license fees collected by the state during 1936 was announced today by the board of equalization. The allocation represents 50 percent of the total fees amounting to $5,921,412.22, the state’s share of which goes into the general fund. The board previously had announced totals to be received by unincorporated areas and cities over 20,000 population. Today’s announcement includes these allocations and the additional amounts granted all other cities in the state. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.