Former ALS building focus of Council, County Board meetings

The former Aurora Loan Service property will be a focal point for both the Scottsbluff city council and the Scotts Bluff County Commissioners Tuesday evening.

The Scottsbluff council will go into executive session to discuss two offers from local businessmen for the former ALS office building that faces Fifth Avenue. City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the offers, $70,000 from Arlo Construction and $100,000 from 21st Century Equipment, take into account that a lot of rehabilitation will be needed, including asbestos abatement in and around the heating ducts. The building is valued at much more than the offers but Kuckkahn says the council will need to consider the benefits of having the building back on the tax rolls.

District 12 Probation Executive Director Linda Buehler will be back before the commissioners to discuss a proposed Probation Reporting Center. Buelher has recommended the metal building on the former ALS property as the location for the Reporting Center.

The county by statute is responsible for providing space for the local probation employees and the Reporting Center would do that and provide rehabilitative services that might keep low risk offenders out of jail. County Board Chair Mark Masterton says the project makes sense but the county has issues funding it, especially in a tight budget that required the laying off of correction employees and severe cuts by department heads.

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