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Resident offers new sites for jail

Friday, March 16, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- An outspoken critic of the Red Willow County commissioners' plan to build a new jail and law enforcement on a lot north of the courthouse is offering an alternative.

Dale Dueland, who has questioned the location as well as other aspects of the project, is on the agenda for Monday's commissioner meeting, 15 minutes after the agenda begins at 9 a.m.

Dueland is listed as offering a proposal for alternate locations for the new facility. He didn't immediately respond to an e-mail request for more information.

His presentation will be followed by general discussion on the law enforcement center.

At 10 a.m., the board will address questions to County Attorney Paul Wood regarding contractual agreements between the county and tenants in the Hepp Apartments, which the county is purchasing as part of the jail project. Over the past several years, the county has been purchasing property on the lots just north of the courthouse on Norris Avenue. One apartment building has been demolished, another building was vacated and awaits demolition or being moved, and the Hepp Apartments remain.

Red Willow County voters will be asked to decide May 15 whether bonds to build the $5.1 million facility must be paid off as part of the regular county budget or outside the state lid.

Later in Monday meeting, county commissioners will be asked to authorize the board chairman to sign a letter of intent to the State Jail Standards Board to proceed with the new jail project.

In other business, the board will:

* Authorize the chairman to sign a letter to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency asking NEMA to support the Local Emergency Planning Committee of Red Willow County

* Be asked to adopt a resolution to decrease the County Clerk's petty cash fund from $200 to $150

* Declare a 2006 Bush Hog 3710 mower and 1972 Forr 2-ton dump truck belonging to Road District 2 surplus and sell them on the Big Iron website.

* The county will also review an offer from Old West Realty and Auction in Curtis to sell surplus equipment online, and an accident report on County Road 720 from the Nebraska Department of Roads.

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