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Interlocal contract fuels Monday night debate between SB County Commissioners and Gering council

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Its not about the money anymore, it's about the agreement now.

The City of Gering said they "swallowed" the funding issue and the disagreements they had with it, and now argue that the Scotts Bluff County Commissioner's interlocal agreement needs some sort of timeline.

Gering City Council Member Jill McFarland said the city just cannot sign the county's contract, as it has no term limits and will run into perpetuity.

The city also found trouble with how the communications center's backup system will be funded, maintained and updated.

After nearly three hours of heated debate, the city of Gering agreed to pay for their first portion of the interlocal agreement. but with that payment being contingent on the county's approval of the city's amended contract, drafted by their own city attorney.

Gering City Council Member Larry Gibbs says the 'ball' is now in the County Commission's court.

The two Commissioners present at Monday nights meeting, Sherry Blaha and Mike Marker insisted the county-drafted agreement would be the only one accepted.

"The agreement that we have is a good agreement, if it doesn't work out down the road, we can amend it, we can work on it. But we cant waste any more time, any more taxpayer's money on attorneys, frivolous potential lawsuits or whatever you have," said Marker. "We're tired of it. It needs to go forward"

The Gering council stood their ground and then authorized the mayor to sign legal documents to commence litigation to prevent Scotts Bluff County from breeching the original 1990 interlocal agreement.

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