McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioners will meet with City Council members, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., at Council Chambers, to discuss the possible use of the existing city jail cells by the county.
The municipal facility, which is scheduled to begin being built in August, will house police, fire and city administration departments and signal the end of city staff operating a jail facility. Jail operations are by law a county responsibility, that the city assumed in 1983 after Red Willow County decided to close their facility, unable to meet new fire code and state staffing requirements. County commissioners have explored several options recently, including upgrading of their previous county jail facility, new construction and use of the city facility.
City councillors also plan two public hearings during the semi-monthly meeting, the first to discuss proposed rezoning of three lots located in the Fairacres addition, from residential medium density mobile home district to business commercial district.
Theresa R. Leamon owns the property and Joe Leamon and J L Construction proposed the zoning change. Because of the commercial nature of Q Street and the commercial ventures in that area, city staff has recommended approval of the zoning change.
The second hearing will be to discuss a liquor license application from Tequila's Mexican Grill. City staff has recommended approval of that request as well.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda:
* An agreement between the City, Mid-Plains Community College and the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office detailing the relocation of the Daughters of the American Revolution building will be considered for approval. Movement and renovation of the historic building are requirements the city has placed on MPCC, as part of their purchase of a portion of Kelley Park to build an events center.
* The auction bid for oil and gas lease of City property, including the airport and waste water treatment plant, will be considered by councillors.
* Council members will consider the third and final reading of an ordinance that authorizes the sale of a portion of the property the city acquired from Merilyn Schaffer and Eileen Hubert. The McCook Housing Agency will be purchasing the lot, located just off of F Street in the First Bison Addition, for $15,025.
* Miller and Associates has been recommended by city staff to be the engineering firm for the energy improvements project at the library and public works shop. The architect firm was selected as the grant administrator for the project earlier this month.
* Mo Dough LLC has applied for special liquor license for a reception at the Keystone Business Center in April.
* Amendments to the zoning ordinance that will allow individual domestic wind turbines in the agricultural district will be considered for the third and final reading required for approval. The ordinance change will allow for domestic use, single turbines that will be limited to a 55 foot height requirement.
* The third and final reading of an ordinance that clarifies membership requirements for the Loan Committee, per the McCook Economic Development Plan, will be heard.