Scotts Bluff County Commissioners have approved a plan to modify the former horse arena at the county Detention Center to provide more storage for county documents.
Under the plan presented last night, half the arena will be enclosed at an estimated cost of $14,500, the funding for which will come from the money that remained following expansion of the county jail.
State law sets the requirements for how long certain records must be kept and in what form, and Board Chairman Mark Masterton says over the years some things have changed while others haven’t. “In the early ’80’s, they decided, ‘well, maybe we could put some things on microfiche,’ and the state did allow that some things could be on microfiche,” says Masterton. “As it stands now, some things have to be on paper, some things have to be stored 5, 10 (years), other things 15, 20 (years), and other items have to be stored forever.”
Masterton tells KNEB News there’s obviously the technology available to convert documents to electronic forms, however it’s the retrieval of those documents that then becomes the issue.
In other action by the commissioners, they decided to follow the lead of Federal and State authorities, and county offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of the national day of mourning for former President George H W Bush.