Mitchell, Morrill accept county's version of Interlocal agreement

The Mitchell and Morrill city councils Tuesday night approved the county's version of a proposed Interlocal agreement to provide funds for equipment upgrades at the Scotts Bluff County Communications Center. But the legal fight between the county, and the cities of Gering and Minatare has just started.

The cities yesterday filed documents in Scotts Bluff County District Court requesting injunctive relief to prevent Scotts Bluff County from terminating the two communities participation in the Communication Center Inter-Local agreement and to keep the County from following through on threats to terminate dispatch service after December 17th.

The complaint asks for a hearing to be scheduled to consider their request. The complaint claims the County did not provide the proper 180 days notice of termination in a letter dated June 30th to all participating comunities. In that letter the County set a December 17th deadline for Interlocal partners to sign the proposed contract dealing with costs for new equipment at the Communications Center or face termination of their dispatch service.

Gering and Minatare have rejected the County's proposal and approved an alternate agreement that calls for a re-evaluation of the agreement in three years rather than the open ended agreement wanted by the County.

The County Tuesday refused to accept Minatare's Interlocal agreement and their check for the first year of the proposed agreement, and have promised to do the same when Gering presents their alternate agreement.

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