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Interlocal contract dispute heads to court

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The city of Gering and the city of Minatare went to court this week, to ensure the county wont cut off their 911 emergency services.

They are the only two communities who have yet to sign the county's inter-local agreement.

The two other communities that had been holding out on signing the interlocal agreement were Mitchell and Morrill, but both signed this week.

Scotts Bluff County Commissioner Ken Meyer says the commissioners weren't expecting this much resistance to the contract.


It all started with a letter.

Sent to each community in the county asking for help to pay for upgrades to the county communications center.

"What we were doing was only asking for some help to upgrade our equipment, and its turned into quite a debacle," Meyer said.

That debacle, now turning legal, is fueled by disagreements the cities have with the contract.

"The city of Gering came up with several other items they don't care for, and then they developed their own contract and then they were taking it around to other communities," Meter said.

Minatare also refused to sign the county contract.

But commissioners made it clear that all contracts other than the original would be rejected.

Now Gering and Minatare are seeking legal protection to keep their emergency services in effect.

But Meyer says the county "won't leave anyone out in the cold."

"We're not going to let anybody's house burn down, we're not going to let anybody die from a heart attack, we want everyone to be aware of that."

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