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January 19, 2012

Stuart Water board members get served

McALESTER — In what one attorney calls an extraordinary move, the entire board of directors of the Hughes County Rural Water Dist. 2 in Stuart has been sued by the Community Impact Panel of Hughes County Rural Water District no. 2  during a regular meeting of the water district at the Stuart Senior Center on Monday at 6 p.m.

The board was served notice of the suit during its regular meeting Monday night at the Stuart Senior Center. The suit, called a Writ of Mandamus was served during the meeting of the board by a Hughes County sheriff’s deputy.

During Monday’s meeting a large crowd gathered in the Stuart senior center as the board convened. Sitting a rectangular table, facing each other in a corner of the room, the board conducted it’s business speaking at a nearly inaudible volume, at times whispering to each other. Requests by the audience for the members to speak up were not acknowledged. As the meeting began a deputy sheriff came in a served each of the board members.

“This is an extraordinary tool to use,” said Robert Erby attorney for the plaintiffs. “In fact until Ms. Pratt sent us a letter in December we would not have a standing."

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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com

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