Pratt County Commissioners Joe Reynolds and Glenna Borho conducted county business Monday in the absence of Charles Rinke, who recently had surgery.
Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur, after researching attorney general opinions, informed commissioners he agreed with former Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline's opinion, regarding recycling by cities within the county. Kline's opinion was that city commissions, or city counsels, could use charter ordinances to set up their own recycling programs outside of county auspices. Both commissioners approved the city of Iuka setting up their own recycling program.
Commissioners visited with Pratt Regional Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Hilary Dolbee and PRMC Maintenance Supervisor Mike Patton regarding demolition currently underway at various spaces at the hospital. Patton said the supervisors for the contractors were working well with PRMC personnel.
Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn discussed Phase II of proposed renovation of the Pratt County Law Enforcement Center. The floor in the booking area presently needs renovation, according to Chinn; however he does not want to replace the tile in the area unless all of Phase II's needs are met. Chinn stated Phase III of the renovation would involve the cellblock area of the center.
Commissioners met with Chinn for five minutes to discuss an employee evaluation.
In other matters, commissioners:
n Discussed and approved Ken Van Blaricum signing a three year contract for a new computer generated legal reference service for $412 a month, plus a bridge payment until July of $100. The present service being used costs $770 a month.
n Discussed with Phil Schrack and Thad Henry the county's budget contribution to the Pratt County Museum. Commissioners agreed to fund the museum at the same level as last year ($25,000). Schrack said the museum was looking at limiting museum contributions and donations to reflect Pratt County as much as possible.
n Met in executive session with Rita Mead for 20 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel matters.