Persons performing community service help a wide variety of organizations.

Pratt benefits when the court system assigns community service to offenders. Nancy Smith, community service work coordinator, told the Pratt County Commissioners that community service workers have assisted with public commodity distribution, senior commodity distribution, Pratt county recycling center, Pratt county food bank, Pratt Area Public Transportation, Pratt Health Department, Pratt County Courthouse and the Red Cross blood drive.

Several workers also assisted with Lemon Park lights set up and many helped with the Community Thanksgiving dinner at the Municipal Building, Smith said.

Since Jan. 1, 36 clients have completed community service hours. Currently, there are 48 open community service files that have not completed their service: Pratt County Attorney-20 open files; South Central Community Corrections-16 open files; Court Services-12 open files.

Smith said she expects more clients to complete their service by the end of the year.

Pratt County Clerk Sherry Kruse notified the commissioners that a man had been making videos of public areas in the court house and was using the 1st Amendment to justify his actions. She wanted to know if she could put up signs that restricted access to certain areas of information to employees only in her office. Pratt County Counselor Bob Schmisseur said he had no objections to installing the signs because the county has records that have personal information and should not be available for anyone to just walk in and view them.

County Emergency Manager Tim Branscom said the sheriff ’s office was very busy during the snow storm on Nov. 25.