Pratt County Commissioners discussed at length security issues with both Nick Birdsong (Pratt County Veterans' Memorial Lake) and Jason Winkle (Pratt County Landfill). Commissioners approved the idea of installing security equipment once bids have been taken and approved.
Recent break-ins at the landfill have created a need to change the locks on the landfill gates and office building. Sturdier doors will be installed at the landfill office, including metal bars to reinforce them. Additionally, cameras are being installed at both facilities to help identify troublemakers.
Installation of cameras at the lake will help identify possible problems at various facilities located there, including the new storage facility and bathroom areas.
In other matters, commissioners:
• Were informed by Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur it was his opinion the city of Iuka could recycle materials on their own, if the city was agreeable to do so under a charter ordinance.
• Greeted Boy Scout Dawson Cox who was present to observe the meeting.
• Were informed the new hours for the landfill would be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting April 1.
• Discussed and approved the sharing of equipment and cross training of employees at the landfill, recycling center and weed department.
• Signed a disaster declaration for the last snowstorm (Feb. 20th), so the county could collect reimbursements from FEMA.
• Paid two bills from Larrison Mortuary for indigent funeral costs in the total amount of $1,535.
• Approved and paid bills for RSVP.
• Discussed several wrecks with Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn, which happened during the last snowstorm.
• Approved a $1,000 donation to the Miss Kansas Pageant.
• Ended support for a multi-county oil and gas steering committee.