Problem solved — for now.

Marge Roberson told fellow Harvey County commissioners Monday the space problem for the juvenile intake offices, currently housed in the Newton Police Department, has been solved for the time being.

“They will redo the weight room downstairs to make two small offices,” Roberson said.

The offices will still be in the law enforcement center — though moved to the basement in what is right now a weight room.

Police Chief Jim Daily said having the juvenile intake in the law enforcement center was more important than a weight room, saying members of the police department can use the Wellness Center at the Newton Activity Center.

“For security purposes, (having juvenile intake at the law enforcement center) is very important,” Daily said. “It’s important that the intake worker feel secure.”

Daily said architectural designs are being created to include sound-proof walls and security cameras. Once those plans are complete, the project will be bid out.

The county and the city will combine to pay for renovations to the space.

Janet Cagel, director of Harvey/McPherson Counties Community Corrections, said she hopes the intake office will move sometime this summer.

The move of the office is a part of a larger reorganization at the law enforcement center.

The sheriff’s and police departments needed more space for records, evidence and equipment. Offices are being shuffled. And the office being used by juvenile intake will allow police investigators now housed in the sheriff’s office to move back into the police department offices.

The investigators’ office will be used for sheriff’s records.

The Juvenile Justice Authority, which is funded by the state, funds and administers the juvenile intake program.

The authority process about 25 juveniles per month, who are juvenile offenders or children in need of care.

Cagle said no money from the state has been allocated to the program for rent of an office.

In other business, the commission:

• Learned the administration department is planning to bid heath insurance coverage for employees this summer and may hire a consultant to help the county save money on health insurance.

• Learned from Lon Buller, county emergency preparedness director, the county suffered more than $250,000 in flood damages stemming from storms April 25.

The county may be eligible for federal funds to help with repairs.

• Passed resolution 2009-10 allowing the county road and bridge department to place equipment the department no longer needs up for auction.

• Received budget proposals from the Register of Deeds Office and the administration department.