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Meeting over Douglas County safety bond Tuesday

Posted at 6:51 AM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 07:51:30-04

Tuesday afternoon, a committee with the county board wants the public's help on how to tackle what it's calling "immediate concerns."

In 2016, a $45 million public safety bond was approved for Douglas County to make improvements to its 911 system and to renovate its jail. Currently, the jail needs to upgrade lights and replace scratched windows in housing units. However, that is causing security concerns at the already short-staffed facilities. 

"At this point, we're about at maximum population we can accommodate at the correctional center and many of those people present to us with mental illness issues," Douglas County commissioner Jim Cavanaugh said. 

A large chunk of the money will also go to upgrading the Fitzgerald Center, the future site of the county's 911 center. It would also be used to update the outdated 911 system to Next Generation 911. 

The meeting is Tuesday at 1 p.m. inside room 903 at the Civic Center near 18th and Farnam.