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.