It would cost taxpayers about $90,000 a year to hire and post two guards at the county courthouse, according a bid that was opened  Monday morning by the Lincoln County Commissioners.

There was one bidder — G4S Security Services of Omaha — for the job of posting an armed guard at the courthouse, accompanied by an unarmed guard.

Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said after the meeting that both guards would be posted at what will become the only entrance to the building, if plans develop.

The courthouse security committee will meet Tuesday morning to go over the specifics of the bid.

On Monday,County Commissioner Joe Hewgley said the bid packet contains a lot of information, more than the commissioners could fairly consider that day.

Hewgley and Kramer was surprised there was only one bidder, but Kramer said, “basically, the price is about where we expected it.”

If plans work out, all the courthouse entrances on the north, east and west sides of the building will be closed. People would enter through the entrance on the south, after going through a metal detector.

The plans call for the guards to work 40 hour weeks. They would also give some training to employees about what to do if a shooter gets into the building.


In other business, the commissioners:

  • Declared scrap iron in the Lincoln County Road Department to be surplus and authorized the department to sell it for $110/ton to Alter Trading on So. Newberry Road.
  • Heard an update on the final phase of the Lake Maloney Hiking and Biking Trail, which will add another half mile to the trail near South Maloney Beach. Funds to finish the trail ($242,000) were recently authorized by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Officials plan to get together this week to work out the details of the agreement. When this phase is built, it will connect the south end of the lake with the north, from South Maloney Beach to the inlet.
  • Closed the door to discuss court actions with Lincoln County Assessor Julie Stenger.
  • Approved two changes in the collection of child support in a contract with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Deputy County Attorney Claudine Thorne, who heads the county’s child support enforcement department, said the county is no longer involved in collection of Medicaid payments.

That’s one change.

The other change in the agreement specifies the county must provide training to people who work with child support collections, about protecting confidential personal information.  Thorne said that is already being done.