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Building Commission stalls juvenile justice center project

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 17:53:54-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission decided to deny issuing bonds for the controversial juvenile justice center project.

The three no votes were from county commissioner and former mayor Mike Boyle along with city council members Aimee Melton and Brinker Harding. Melton and Harding are known for being tough on spending tax dollars.

They all said they could change their minds but say they didn't get their questions answered Thursday.

"We still don't have all the answers of the cost, how are we going to pay for it, who's going to do it, how is the bidding process going to work?" says city council member Aimee Melton.

"I don't think i could look any constituent in the eye and say the answers to the questions I had were satisfying today," says Brinker Harding, Omaha city council member.

One man who is definitely not satisfied with what happened: longtime commissioner Clare Duda. He's been pushing this project for some time.

"When anybody has has anymore questions. let me know when nobody has a question left so we can finally move forward, because if there's one question left standing, we better not do anything!"

Now it doesn't appear that the project is dead. Boyle says they'll eventually re-group once they come up with answers for today's questions.

"This is going to get done, and if it's not done now, in this plan, it will get done," says Boyle.