Pratt County Commissioners received a copy of Pratt Regional Medical Center’s five year financial forecast and oral reports from several staff members during this week’s regular session.

Pratt County Commissioners received a copy of Pratt Regional Medical Center’s five year financial forecast and oral reports from several staff members during this week’s regular session.

Pratt County Road Supervisor Randy Phillipi presented three road-crossing applications from Roger Staats for approval. The applications, which were approved, were for water line crossings to water cattle on Northwest 110th between 60th and 70th, Northwest 100th between 110th and 120th and Northwest 90th between 90th and 100th.

Phillipi asked and was granted permission to go out for bids for three new pickup trucks.

“They’re well past worn out,” said Phillipi, “We’ve needed to update our pickups for some time.

Phillipi informed commissioners that the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) would not approve funding an extension of the county road north of Cairo.

 “KDOT caused the problem and won’t help us solve it,” said Pratt County Commissioner Dwight Adams.

David Wiley reported to commissioners that he was going to Topeka next week to attend a budget meeting scheduled to discuss funding for probation and parole in the upcoming fiscal year.

“The outlook is going to be bleak,” said Wiley.

Dean Staab reported that a carport at the Pratt County Landfill had been finally erected and pumps, which were not going to be used during the upcoming season, were being winterized.

Stabb said he was asked to speak at an upcoming landfill conference on the subject “How to stay in compliance during tough economic times.”

 “You cut expenses,” said Staab, “What can you say?

 “It’s hard to give Pratt County’s views that apply to the rest of the counties,” Staab continued, “Pratt is financially in real good shape right now – better off than most other small landfills around.”

Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn reported that he hasn’t housed any Pratt County prisoners at the jail in the past two weeks. All of the prisoners being housed at the jail currently are from surrounding counties and the city of Pratt, according to Chinn.

 “We’re paying salaries,” said Chinn, “If we had more prisoners we would be making money. This is the lowest number of prisoners we have had in a long time.”

The jail receives $25 a day to house prisoners from the city of Pratt and $35 a day to house prisoners from out of county, according to Chinn.

Chinn asked and received permission to put out for bid several old laptops not being used at the present time. The laptops are from three to six years old, according to Chinn.

Pratt County Extension Agents Mark Ploger and Jody Drake informed commissioners that their annual meeting would be held on Oct. 29 and the 4-H achievement event would be held Nov. 13.

 “There are a lot of people coming in from outside the area to present the achievement awards,” said Ploger.

Drake informed commissioners she was holding a cooking seminar for women, which would teach them to prepare 10 main dishes in advance. There are 12 women signed up for the program at a cost of $70 each, according to Drake.

Drake said there is going to be a 4-H Carnival project held in conjunction with Barton County.

Ploger informed commissioners that he is involved with starting an Annie’s Project in Pratt County and mentoring agents across the state in establishing additional projects.

 “The project is for farm women who have lost their husbands, or are trying to get into farming for the first time,” said Ploger. “Kansas was the only Midwest State that didn’t have a similar project going.

 “We put together a grant application and received $20,000 and held the first program at Hutchinson Community College,” said Ploger, “There were 20 women from 11 counties across South Central Kansas who registered for the six sessions.

 “We need to go out to the rest of the state and help them get started,” said Ploger. “We’ll let them do all the leg work – we’ll just give them advice.”

Pratt County Attorney Gordon Stull indicated the county would be attempting to collect $70,000 in taxes owed on drilling equipment, which is being held up by litigation at the present time.

Merlin Kessler, representing the Sawyer Fire Department, appeared before the commissioners and requested they sign a waiver for a minor change to the plans for the Sawyer Fire Station being built at the present time.

“They (Kansas Department of Commerce) told us that we could change any minor item anytime we wanted,” said Kessler. “We cannot make any major changes without state approval.”

Commissioners approved the change requested.

Commissioners signed an application for the proceeds from a life insurance policy relating to a micro-loan made by the county.