McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners have a full agenda for their weekly meeting Monday, at 9 a.m., in their office on the third floor of the courthouse in downtown McCook, Nebraska.
The county's new law enforcement center will be the center of discussion for public information at 10:15 a.m., followed at 11:45 a.m. by consideration of a resolution calling for a special election -- to determine how to fund bonds for the center's construction -- in conjunction with the statewide primary election on May 15.
The commissioners will also discuss correspondence from McCook City Manager Jeff Hancock concerning a meeting Monday, March 12 of the McCook Planning Commission to discuss the new law enforcement center.
Uppermost in their minds, however, is how to prepare the next budget following the recent retirement -- after 591⁄2 years of working for the county -- of budget clerk Shirley Volz. This item comes up at 9:45 a.m.
At 10 a.m., county attorney Paul Wood will go into a closed session with commissioners to discuss pending litigation regarding a lawsuit filed against the county by Thomas K. Leach of Scott, Louisiana.
Leach claims that he leased a lathe, a band saw and a milling machine for $1 a year to Ron Willocks of Pawnee Aviation, a now-defunct kit helicopter company formerly based in McCook. Willocks has defaulted on $300,000 county loan, a loan for which he used Leach's equipment as collateral. Leach wants his equipment back from the county, which seized property of Pawnee Aviation in mid-2010.
Other agenda items are:
9:15 a.m. -- A report on a fracture critical inspection performed by a bridge over Silver Creek.
9:30 a.m. -- Discuss guard rail designs for the replacement bridge north of the former Republican Valley Junior/Senior High School.
11 a.m. -- Discussion of the county employees' health insurance review.
The consent agenda includes the appointment of Courtney Quint to replace Carol Schlegel on the Red Willow County Visitors Committee to a term to expire Dec. 31, 2012, and to reappoint Perry Strombeck and Laura Ford to terms to expire Dec. 31, 2015.