County board appoints Commissioner Woodruff to oversee jail project

The Lincoln County Commissioners appointed Commissioner Jerry Woodruff to oversee the jail expansion project. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV The Lincoln County Commissioners appointed Commissioner Jerry Woodruff to oversee the jail expansion project.

However, Woodruff accepted the appointment with some reservations, stating he had no experience in construction.

"I'm personally in favor of having a project manager that has construction expertise and knowledge and it might not be in the full scope, but at least they have a lot better understanding than the rest of us," said Lincoln County District Two Commissioner Kent Weems.

Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer addressed the board and says the blueprints for the project are expected to be finished this summer.

Construction is expected to be complete sometime next Spring.

The board recently approved to finance bonds not to exceed $4.7 million for the next seven years.

In other business, construction to expand the West State Farm Road Hike and Bike Trail will have to wait a little longer.

It comes after the North Platte Trails Committee grant application wasn't approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

"This year due to flooding back east their funds were cut and understandably so they were only able to award one applicant so we did not receive it," said North Platte Trails Committee Member Ann Dimmitt.

However, Dimmitt says they will be working with TC Engineering to get it done.

"After talking with Brent at TC Engineering, we think we can do it cheaper than the $254,000 that we originally estimated to do that half mile stretch," said Dimmitt.

A public hearing to discuss and consider the county's zoning regulations pertaining to wind energy systems is set for February 10th at 9:30 a.m.