Contrary to rumors floating around the Cannonball Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is still in the community to provide services when needed, according to Director Donna Pfeifer. The Cannonball Trail Chapter has joined with Hutchinson to serve a 14-county area, but will basically serve a six-county area (Pratt, Barber, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, and Stafford).


Contrary to rumors floating around the Cannonball Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is still in the community to provide services when needed, according to Director Donna Pfeifer. The Cannonball Trail Chapter has joined with Hutchinson to serve a 14-county area, but will basically serve a six-county area (Pratt, Barber, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, and Stafford).

Originally, the area was to be served out of the Hutchinson offices, but in reality it was not going to work efficiently, according to Pfeifer. She wrote and received a $100,000 grant, which was used to purchase a van to be used when responding to emergencies and disasters in the six counties being served.

Contrary to rumors, the local group will continue to respond to grass fires in the area, according to Pfeifer. Additionally, they have responded to four house fires in the district this year: two in Pratt County, and one each in Edwards and Kiowa counties.

Pfeifer said that she has been with the Cannonball Trail Chapter for 10 years and has built up a very good supply of goods to aid in emergencies.

“If Tim (Tim Branscom, Pratt County Emergency Preparedness director) calls, I’ll be the first one there,” said Pfeifer. “As long as I’m in charge we will serve the people in our district.”

The Commission also:

• Approved the minutes of the last meeting and the “special” zoning meeting without change.

• Signed a request for a $13,000 payment from the Kansas Community Development Block Grant Program for the Sawyer Fire Station.

• Approved the following year end transfer of funds: $40,000 from Landfill Fund to Special Reserve Fund, $80,000 from Ambulance Fund to Special Reserve Fund, $25,000 from Emergency Preparedness Fund to Special Reserve Fund, $25,000 from Noxious Weed Fund to Special Reserve Fund, $200,000 from Road Department Fund to Special Machinery Fund, $50,000 from Landfill Recycling Fund to Landfill Fund, $40,000 from Landfill Fund to Special Equipment Fund, and $10,000 from Landfill Fund to Closure Fund.

• Discussed the extraterritorial jurisdiction legal description formulated by the city of Pratt, which splits the subdivision property owned by Mark Fincham.

Tim Branscom, Pratt County Zoning Administrator, said he would talk to the city and see if all of the property could be put under one jurisdiction, or the other. According to Branscom, Fincham said he would prefer his property fall under the jurisdiction of the county.

Branscom told commissioners there was an Emergency Operations Course schedule, to be held in Pratt in March of 2012. He also stated the county’s Hazardous Analysis Plan was updated on November of this year and would be in place if changes need to be made to the Emergency Management Master Plan next year.

• Discussed boundary lines of property at Pratt County Extension Center with Pratt County Appraiser D.J. McMurry, in looking at updating the surface of the parking lot at that location.

• Discussed a proposed addition to the Pratt County Health Department with Mark McManaman. McManaman said he would have to get a handle on setbacks relating to the generator prior to looking at a building addition.

• Asked McMnaman to get bids on putting the present electrical wiring leading into the Pratt County Courthouse into a conduit for safety.