Commissioners voice concerns about added juvenile inmates

By Maura Wery

Riley County commissioners expressed concern Thursday about the impact on county juveniles of a possible influx of juvenile inmates to the Northcentral Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention facility.

The concern flows from a decision by Saline County to close its own juvenile detention facility and send them to Geary County instead. Commissioner Dave Lewis, who is vice-chair of the committee overseeing the facility, said the Saline facility houses inmates from 14 counties, including Riley and Geary counties.

Lewis said that if Saline County decides to join, that county would pay $10,000 annually as its share of the facility’s cost. Saline County’s facility presently has 10 inmates.  Lewis said that adding Saline County to the facility would lower costs for the county, but could cause financial issues in the future due to the need to add extra staff, food and other items.

RCPD Director Brad Schoen asked Lewis whether capacity would be an issue for the facility, and Lewis thought that would not immediately be the case. In the long term, however, he thought it might.

Lewis said Saline County will officially sign the agreement on Tuesday.

Schoen also took some time Thursday to speak on the concealed carry process the county has been debating. He agreed that something needs to be done to improve security at the courthouse, and offered the RCPD’s analysis services when the county is ready to use them.

“We are more than ready to talk about it when you are,” Schoen told the commission.

Deeds up from last year

Riley County register of deeds Debbie Regester said that her total revenue is up around $12,000 compared to the same time period last year.

Year-to-date revenue for the first four months of 2012 was around $480,000. So far in 2013, Regester said revenue is around $491,000.

Regester said that the growth was due to big mortgages brought in from various parts of the county including a mortgage from Fort Riley.

“We usually have around a $3,500 (in fees) a day,” Regester said. “That day was a $32,000 day.”

Regester said she also had three mortgage fees come in on properties in the $1 million range during April.

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