Fairbury City Council approves interlocal law enforcement agreement

FAIRBURY – After many years of consideration, the Fairbury City Council officially approved an interlocal agreement between Jefferson County and the City of Fairbury for law enforcement services.

In a 6-2 vote, the council voted Tuesday night in favor of a contract proposal that’s supposed to:



  • Ensure the same level, or more law enforcement coverage, for Fairbury with six, 24/7 dedicated officers to the city. Also with a sheriff-appointed liason to the city.
  • Achieve cost savings for Fairbury citizens and cost neutrality for Jefferson County citizens.
  • Save Jefferson County law enforcement $144,000 a year ($1.4 million for the 10-year deal).

In January, the City of Fairbury approached Jefferson County with this law enforcement contract proposal.

Brad Kuzelka and Kelly Davis were the two council members who voted against the contract proposal. At the previous meeting on Aug. 28, Kuzelka motioned to put the proposal on ballot. There was no second.

City administrator Collin Biesler said Jefferson County now has to approve the contract at the next county commissioner’s meeting. That meeting will be in the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

If approved, the contract would officially take effect on Jan. 1.

Other news and notes from Fairbury’s City Council meeting:

  • The council officially set a public hearing to set the final tax request for the 2018-19 fiscal year for the general fund and bond fund. The council also set the date for a budget hearing and budget summary for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Both hearings will take place Tuesday, Sept. 18.


  • The Bonham Theatre got liquor licenses approved by the council for their showings of Nebraska Football on Sept. 22, Sept. 29 and Nebraska Volleyball on Oct. 3. Bonham Theatre project director Brooke Schwab told KUTT Radio last Friday that the theatre will have a cash bar for every Husker game they show. Funds will support the Bonham Theatre project. You can read more on this story here.

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