Pratt County public safety employees who had to work were awarded an additional 14 hours of time off due to the closing of the courthouse Feb. 20, 21 and 25 because of inclement weather.
County employees working in the courthouse and other governmental offices were sent home for four hours on the 20th, eight hours on the 21st and two hours on the 25th.
Pratt County Commissioners Glenna Borho and Joe Reynolds approved a resolution to award those working equal time off instead of additional pay for their efforts. Commissioner Charles Rinke voted against the resolution.
Additionally, all three commissioners approved time off for county employees caught in similar circumstances in the future. The Pratt County Commission Chairman, Pratt County Emergency Management Director and Pratt County Sheriff will make the decision as to when Pratt County government offices will be closed in the future.
Commissioners also passed a resolution stating future working employee benefits due to closings will be handled in the same way.
In other matters commissioners:
• Approved a bid from Dog Reh Chevrolet in the net amount of $13,755 for a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for Pratt County Probation and Parole. Lanterman Motors' net bid was $14,877 for a 2013 Ford Fusion.
• Signed a grant application for the Pratt County Health Department for $22,000. Also, appointed Glenna Borho as the county's representative on the South Central Coalition for Community Health.
• Were informed Kent Moore, Chairman of Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board has requested a legal opinion from Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur relating to legality of zoning regulations being proposed in Pratt County.
• Received a report from Pratt Regional Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Hilary Dolbee relating to progress on construction plans and activities affecting the new hospital addition. Dolbee additionally stated there has been no contact with South Wind Hospice regarding PRMC taking over that facility.
• Discussed the K-State Program Priority Survey Extension Agents Mark Ploger and Jodi Drake.