BEATRICE – Gage County officials are mulling options for redesigning parts of the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and plan to hold more discussion with an architect in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday, the board briefly discussed the potential of turning what’s now a garage area into office space, and making changes to the public entrance, attorney-client visitation and mechanical aspects of the building.
County Building and Grounds Supervisor Dave Jones talked about the area that could be used differently, at the west side of the building.
:43 “into office space”
The project would mean the sheriff’s office would lose some storage area, an evidence room and vehicle stalls.
Board member Gary Lytle says he hoping the county adopts a long-term solution.
:20 “foreseeable future”
In 2009, voters soundly rejected a bond issue for a new jail and law enforcement center. Board member Dennis Byars says the county should have more than one option as it consults with an architect.
:10 “can’t go there”
Byars feels there is a method of building a new jail without requiring a voter-approved bond issue, like other counties have undertaken. He says “it takes some guts, politically”. But, finance chairman Matt Bauman says the county would have to be free of other debt for road projects, before that could be considered.
The county’s building and grounds committee has recommended against more spending on the old sheriff’s quarters, on the east side of the facility, citing roof leaks, sewer and electrical shortcomings, structural problems, windows in poor shape and the overall floor plan.