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County Commissioners want Gering and Minatare to vote on joining Comm center

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The Scotts Bluff County Communications Center could no longer provide non-emergency services to residents in Gering and Minatare if the cities' council members do not to sign an amended interlocal agreement with the county.
In a letter written by the county's attorney representative Phil Kelly, county commissioners are asking Gering and Minatare city council members to vote on joining the interlocal agreement by their next city meetings next week.

The letter will be provided to each council member.

The amendment interlocal agreement involves community participants to pay for equipment costs in the county's Communication Center.

The county board determined it could no longer provide services and equipment costs by themselves.

Eight other city and village communities have already signed the agreement with the county.

"We have been dealing with this for four or five years now total," said Chairman Mark Masterton. "The thing is we're coming up on budgets and it's not fair for communities who are a part of this organization to be helped hostage by one or two communities. All we're asking for is an up or down vote. You either want it or they don't want it."

Gering and Minatare must make a decision to the county board by May 1st.

The county could terminate non-emergency services by either June 30th 2014 or 2015 depending on a pending lawsuit filed by two cities. The cities claim that the county can not terminate the original 1990 Interlocal agreement services the county provides.


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