Pratt County Commissioners have decided it would need to be an up or down vote for the small cities in the county to participate in countywide zoning. Additionally, commissioners approved Pratt County Zoning Administrator Tim Branscom negotiating a $10,000 - 12,000 contract with Foster & Associates, to be paid for by the county, to zone the small cities if they choose to do so,
Too many complications present themselves if each city is treated separately, according to Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur. The county would have to control the zoning for all areas involved, using the exact same regulations.
There are three options the small cities can take relating to adopting zoning regulations, according to Schmisseur. They can say they don't want zoning, want to do it themselves, or want the county to take care of it.
"If you want to be zoned, follow the rules…. if you don't, continue to have a junkyard," said Pratt County Commissioner Dwight Adams.
"If it is going to be countywide zoning… its got to be countywide zoning… they (small cities) have to opt for it on the front end," said Schmisseur. "If it's countywide we don't have to jump through the hoops of who will be the city representative… it will be governed by county residents."
In other matters, commissioners:
• Signed checks for RSVP bills and were informed the Community Thanksgiving Dinner served nearly 500 people this year. There were 100 delivered meals, while the rest were served by volunteers at the Pratt Municipal Building.
• Approved Pratt County Road and Bridge Supervisor Randy Phillippi purchasing a Bobcat Track Loader for $48,498.31 out of his Special Equipment Fund.
• Met with Pratt County Environmental Director Dean Staab in executive session, for 5-minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Commissioners also approved a pay raise for one of his employees.
• Met with Pratt County Public Defender Candice Lattin in an extended executive session, to discuss personnel matters.
• Discussed with Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn the possibility of erecting a storage facility for his department at the Pratt County Landfill. The county is currently paying $5,000 annually for the sheriff's present facility. Chinn is to come back to the commission with construction estimates in a couple of weeks.
• Met in executive session with Chinn to discuss issues with the Pratt County Counselor, Robert Schmisseur.