McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Red Willow County, Nebraska, board of commissioners plans a closed session Monday morning to discuss the possible purchase of two apartment houses north of the courthouse on Norris Avenue in McCook.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m., in the commissioners' room on the third floor of the courthouse. The closed session is scheduled at 9:30 a.m., and involves the possible purchase of two apartment buildings at 520 Norris from owners Greg and Janet Hepp of McCook.
If the purchase goes through, the county will own all the lots north of the courthouse on the Norris Avenue side of the block, the preferred location for the jail that commissioners are studying. The proposal includes a 24-bed jail -- not attached to the courthouse -- and a parking lot.
At 9:45 a.m., commissioners Earl McNutt, Steve Downer and Vesta Dack will consider a request from City of McCook attorney Nate Schneider to bring the jail location possibility to McCook's planning commission and city council.
McNutt said at the jail committee meeting Sept. 21 and at a commissioners' meeting Sept. 27 that legally, the county would not have to request or have permission from the city's planning committee to build a jail in what is currently a residential area. "But, out of respect, yes, we'll go to the planning committee," McNutt said. "We have no intention of hiding anything from anyone."
The commissioners' agenda includes time for citizens' comments (no action can be taken) at 9 a.m.; and a board of equalization meeting with treasurer Marleen Garcia at 9:15 a.m.