An option floated by Beatrice City Councilman Ted Fairbanks that would have consolidated police and sheriff departments into a countywide public safety department in Gage County has reportedly stalled. That, following discussion between council members, and county supervisors. They do plan to continue meeting on a regular basis to discuss ideas for more efficient operations. In a related story, elected officials from Gage, Jefferson, and Saline counties met earlier this month to consider forming an inter county agreement for a regional jail facility. The initial discussion emphasized budget concerns, capacity issues, aging facilities, and future funding support among others. It was agreed that the meeting was positive.