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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • County officials to make decisions on community service program

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  • A set of job responsibilities and a decision on a salary are the next two steps in filling the community service coordinator position.
    The Pratt County Commissioners and various representatives of the legal system sat down at the Monday County Commission meeting and hammered out the issues facing community service following the resignation of community service coordinator Peggy Lee.
    All agreed the community service program is an important element in the court system and that a new coordinator was needed to keep the program going.
    A key element of the discussion was a need for better communication among the legal system, the community coordinator and the commissioners.
    "We need to do a better job of keeping track of what's going on," said Pratt County Attorney Ken Van Blaricum.
    Currently, they system is due 1,250 community service hours over the last four months, said Director of South Central Kansas Community Corrections David Wiley.
    The coordinator's duties go beyond being a good communicator.
    Since the coordinator works closely with the people assigned to community service, that person needs to lead by example like Lee.
    "Peggy modeled excellent work ethics," Wiley said.
    Besides that, Lee was also a mentor, said Court Services Officer Kathy Harvey.
    Wiley will put together a job description and the commissioners will work out a pay schedule. The situation will be reviewed at an upcoming commission meeting.
    While the community service opening is new, the audit of the Sawyer Fire Station has been going on for many months but is about to draw to a close.
    Rose Mary Saunders, grant administrator and senior consultant for Ranson Financial, the business that oversees the KanStep grant for the project asked the commissioners to sign a letter extending the grant through the end of October so she can close out the last of the paper work.
    A Mead Lumber overcharge issue also has to be resolved during that time frame.
    The architects estimate for the project was $285,00 but the volunteers were so skilled, they only needed $145,000 of the sweat equity grant.
    The last thing to complete on the project is sealing the floors and putting on the trim and the building can be occupied.
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