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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • County covers judicial shortfall

  • Attorney fees lead to higher costs.
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  • Pratt County District Court Judge Meisenheimer and Court Clerk Johnna Roberts appeared before Pratt County Commissioners to ask for financial assistance to finish their 2012 Budget Year, which will end in January.
    "I have never had to come and ask the county to supplement my budget," said Roberts. "This has been a very bad year for attorney fees."
    When asked why so many attorneys are appointed by the court system, Meisenheimer said, "We have to appoint one for mom, dad, and the children… sometimes there are more than one father involved.
    "We've got a couple of cases up there now… one father is in South Africa who has been deported," said Meisenheimer. "We've been very light this year on jury trials."
    "There is no balance left in the budget and we need to supplement this year's budget, which usually runs about $12,000 a month."
    Commissioners went into executive session with Meisenheimer, Roberts and Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur to discuss the situation. Upon coming out of executive session, commissioners stated they would pay for excesses in the district court budget out of the general fund so long as it was not itself overspent.
    In other matters, commissioners:.
    • Approved a bill for $11,789 from InteGreen Services for plumbing services at Pratt County Memorial Veterans' Lake.
    • Were informed the Kansas Department of Commerce would hold a monitoring visit Dec. 13th, at 10 a.m. for the Sawyer Fire Station.
    • Received a letter of resignation from Pratt County Environmental Director Dean Staab effective Feb. 1st, 2013.
    • Approved an exemption for professional employee benefits without being a full-time employee. Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur is to draft a new ordinance.
    • Approved a $250,000 lease purchase for a 6-year period for the purchase of a 100-foot nozzle truck.
    • Were informed Seneca Resources will be developing the first horizontal drilling site in Pratt County on the Lundt property 5-miles east and one-mile north of 50 Highway.
    • Approved the Pratt County Road and Bridge Department purchasing an oil tanker for approximately $52,000.
    • Were informed by Debbie McGraw the Pratt County Health Department has given about 880 flu shots this year. The numbers are down this year because Walmart and Dillons are also dispensing flu shots
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