Pratt County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Mark McManaman informed commissioners required write-offs for services amounted to $118,652 this past year. After write-offs, according to McManaman, the county collected 81-percent of the remaining funds billed to patients, insurances companies and etc.

The total charges for 2012 amounted to $648,940, with deposits being made of $428,156. May was the highest month of billing for the year at $72,589, while April was the lowest at $39,285.

There were 1189 total calls made by the service in 2012 of which 916 were medical calls. That compares to 1310 total calls made in 2011, according to McManaman. There were 273 additional calls other than medical made in 2012 including: 239, which refused service; 21 for fire standby; five for rodeo standby; and eight for football standby.

The majority of the 916 medical calls (406) made in 2012 were between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3p.m. There were 350 calls between the hours of 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. and 160 calls between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

At the end of the meeting, commissioners went into executive session to interview six applicants for the position of Pratt County Environmental Services Director. No decisions have been announced.

In other matters, commissioners:

• Approved Pratt County Veterans' Memorial Lake Superintendent Nick Birdsong purchasing a laptop computer. Birdsong was instructed to take bids from local suppliers.

• Approved and signed an agreement between the state of Kansas and railroad for the installation of a guarded crossing at the Natoma Church Crossing. Were also informed by Pratt County Road and Bridge Supervisor Randy Phillippi, crews were working on completing the second mile of the Cairo Road extension.

• Tabled reviewing a written presentation from Citizens for Responsible Development until the wind farm issues is forwarded to the commission from the Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board.

• Were informed by Pratt County Zoning Administrator Tim Branscom, he would be meeting with city officials from cities of Preston and Sawyer, to discuss their acceptance of countywide zoning in their communities.

• Approved a letter from Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur to Deere Credit, Inc., relating to the lease purchase documents for mowing equipment for the Pratt County Road and Bridge Department.

• Approved renewal of contracts with Dr. Gene Cannata and Dr. Wakon Fowler to act as medical directors for Pratt County Health Department and Pratt County Emergency Services for $300 per month.