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  • 10/22/20  We are up to 255 active cases with this past Sunday 63 new cases.
  • 10/19/20  Changes to the Directed Health Measures going into effect Wednesday, October 21st  attached.
  • Two police officers in quarantine due to exposure.
  • Fire will have their four COVID cases return to work at various points this week.


  • Facade Redevelopment Plan - This plan will be reviewed by the CDC and used in the application process.


  • Just a few numbers from our door counts: Five day average count: 164.  Saturday count was back over 100 for the second week in a row. 
  • We have added back some of the furniture and chairs in the reading areas, measuring to create appropriate social distancing due to COVID. 
  • Storytime has gone on-line due to the latest directed health measure changing indoor occupancy back to 50% capacity.
  • Teentober is happening all month and 25 teens have been in to pick up a program card but since they have the option to participate fully on-line we have no accurate count for the activities. 
  • Also “A Novel Idea” Book club met for the first time in a while, discussing the book ‘Where the Crawdads Sing” via Zoom.
  • We are working our way back up to full staffing: one part-time library page started October 26th and the full-time public services library assistant and part-time technical services library technician both start Monday November 2nd.


  • We are on the home stretch and will have personnel return to work at various points this week.  Provided personnel are symptom free for 72-hours, our first person will return Tuesday, followed by another on Wednesday.   The remainder of the personnel are scheduled to be return on Thursday.  All those that tested positive indicated they had mild to no symptoms and were feeling okay.  Those that tested negative continued  to monitor for symptoms daily.  Everyone is desiring to return to work sooner than later, but are not rushing the process. 
  • We had fifty-four calls for service last week with the majority being medical calls.  Friday was our busiest day of the week and the 6:00 p.m. hour was our busiest hour.  We responded to three calls with suspected COVID-19 patients.  We have been able to manage services fairly well and only had to cover three shifts last week.  Everyone remains optimistic although the fatigue is noticeable.  


  • We are applying for a Highway of Safety “Click it or Ticket” grant that will run from November 16 thru 19. We will dedicate a significant amount of this time to the Friday/Saturday Broadway and 27th Street speeding issues we are experiencing.
  • 911 Advisory Board meeting was, Tuesday the 20th at 3:30 pm. It will be important that we attend these meetings as the discussions of the new radio system will be costly for the city. I am certain there will be meetings independent of the advisory board to discuss details.
  • Officers Harges and Griess continue their efforts with Field Training Officers. They are both expected to attend the next academy class January 3 thru April 16, 2021. Investigators are conducting backgrounds on three officer candidates. We currently have two openings created when Cpl. Brown took a position with the Nebraska State Patrol and the retirement of Captain Tony Straub. We are well into the captain promotional process, packets have been turned in
  • Officers Modec and Broderick have returned to work after completing the National Association of School Resource Officers, Basic SRO Course. It’s good to have them back we were running a little thin there for a bit.
  • COVID – We currently have two officers in Quarantine; One officer arrested a DUI suspect when ended up testing positive for COVID. He/she will return to duty on the 24th, he/she currently has no symptoms. Another officer was exposed to a high school student, off duty, who later tested positive. He/she will be out until November 1.
  • We are conducting training this week; four hours of “Fair and Impartial Policing,” “Domestic Violence Investigations,” and “DUI Updates.” This training was made available to all area law enforcement agencies and was well attended.
  •  John Addleman was sentenced was sentenced to 40 – 80 years for “Sexual Assault of a Child,” last week. I can’t say enough about the work that is being done by the men and women of this department, I suspect you may tire of me making these types of statements. We truly have a great crew.



  • City of Scottsbluff receipts and nearby 1st Class Cities (attached)
  • October reports a 3.87% increase over last year in Scottsbluff.
  • I have attached a map that shows the current part of the Monument Valley Pathway that we are constructing. It does not include the entire pathway system. We are currently working on creating an “interactive” map for our entire pathway system.
  • Our idea is to potentially connect an interactive map to signage that is along the pathway (potentially by use of a QR code so the map can be pulled up on a mobile phone on the pathway). We are wanting to include not only our pathway system but also our parks.


  • 28.96 tons collected with free disposal in Gering Landfill.


  • I just wanted to provide an update on the Catapult Adventure Park and their plans to locate in the Monument Mall (now Uptown Scottsbluff).  Complete applications to both the City of Scottsbluff and the City of Gering each for the amount of $112,500.
  • It was determined that the business did not fit into the City of Scottsbluff’s LB840 plan, so the application was not taken forward to the committee.  The Gering LB840 ARC did review the application earlier this week and voted to fund the project for the full amount requested.  The company is looking for local investors for the project and other funding sources
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