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County jail decision by end of month

Friday, November 18, 2011

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioner Vesta Dack told local law enforcement and representatives from the Work Ethic Camp that if the county decided to proceed with building a new jail, the estimated completion date would be September 2013. Dack added that commissioners would be making the decision on how to proceed by the end of the month. The comments came during a scheduled Work Ethic Camp breakfast, Friday morning, at Madison's Restaraunt in McCook.

WEC representatives offered assistance in preparing for security audits, should the project move forward and Sheriff Gene Mahon commented that he had already been talking with WEC representative about assistance with training jailers.

Dack said she was encouraged by the support for the project from other entities and discussions such as utilizing existing Red Willow County health department personnel, to fulfill certain operational tasks in the jail.

Mahon said that operation of the new jail was estimated to cost approximately $500,000 per year, half of the combined amount that the city and county are currently spending. He believed the current 96-hour holding facility, that the city operates, to be costing in the $700,000 range annually and estimated the county's current cost to transport offenders at $300,000 annually.

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Cost approximately $500,000, believes the 96 hour holding facility costs $700,000 and estimates $300,000 anually to transport offenders.

Approximately, believes and estimates do not give me much faith in these numbers. Who does the accounting for the Sheriffs office? They should know exactly how much things cost.

-- Posted by Ed on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 4:03 AM


they (think) they know exactly about something when they are arresting someone.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 3:12 PM

i believe that there is approximately some estimated guesswork on these hypotheses and i theorize that maybe there's a possibility that by happenstance a round-about guestimated figure might, with any luck, come close to a figure that one can or can-not fit into a theoretical budget to operate the proposed said property with which to hold prisoners. i'm just guessing though.

-- Posted by BTWinecleff on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 8:27 PM

Another fine example of the city and county working together. Saddling the taxpayers with two facilities instead of one. Saddling the taxpayer with 2, 24-hour staffing needs instead of one. In addition to all of this, the omnipotent county is going to push this through without a public vote the way I understand it. Declining population and an ever growing need for power from two separate entities where the taxpayer loses. Empire building. That is what these two entities are doing.

-- Posted by speak-e-z on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 8:20 AM

speak-e-z, the citizens voted down the proposed joint facility.

-- Posted by dennis on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 9:58 AM

Even if it were all one facility the staffing issue would be the same. There would have to be both dispatchers and jailers on duty in a joint facility with a jail of any size. It could not be run by dispatcher/jailers they way small jails are.

-- Posted by bntheredunthat on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 2:58 PM

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