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City, county working on jail contract

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The early sun peeks through cotton-ball clouds hovering over the new municipal building in McCook, Nebraska, this morning. Forecasters predict more cloud cover throughout the Memorial Day weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms Friday and Sunday. High temperatures will reach the upper 80s and lower 90s through Sunday, and only 80 degrees Monday.
(Bruce Baker/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioners formally requested the City of McCook draft an agreement detailing guidelines for their use of the existing city police and jail facility once it is vacated.

In a letter to the city, commissioners indicated they would like to use the facility until construction of their own Law Enforcement Center and jail on Norris Avenue is completed.

The City of McCook Municipal Facility being constructed on West Fifth Street is anticipated to be completed before the end of this year and will signal the end of an era during which the city operated a 96-hour holding facility on West B Street. The letter from the commissioners indicates the facility will likely serve as an interim jail for the county until their own Law Enforcement Center on Norris Avenue is completed, which could be by the end of 2013.

City Manager Jeff Hancock informed the McCook City Council, Monday evening, that he had received a letter of intent from commissioners and would begin work on the agreement. Hancock later told the Gazette he anticipated it to be a simple, straightforward agreement and the city was glad to be able to assist with the transition.

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