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Engineer charges county for court testimony

Staff writer

Marion County Commission was upset Monday about a bill the county received from a building engineering firm.

Cook, Flatt & Stroebel Engineering of Wichita was subpoenaed to testify at a court hearing regarding an eminent domain lawsuit. An engineer from the firm had to testify in court and charged the county $1,599 for expenses related to the court hearing.

The lawsuit was filed by Aaron Allen, a resident near Florence, who did not want the county to take some of his property for a right-of-way to expand a bridge.

As a result of the lawsuit, the bridge engineer was required to testify at the hearing which resulted in the county paying for his time and mileage.

In other business:

  • The commission approved county road and bridge superintendent John Summerville negotiating for a used trailer. The 22-foot dump trailer would be used to haul riprap (rock) materials. The trailer is for sale in Kingman for $3,200.
  • The county will consider purchasing fuel on an annual basis.
  • Raymond Just had asked Summerville if he could relocate his water terraces so he could farm the county‚Äôs ditches. Summerville told the commission that he told Just he could not because it could cause silt to collect which would prevent water from flowing through drainage culverts.

Last modified Oct. 29, 2008

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