Community Corrections Director David Wiley presented commissioners with a draft of his application for a Community Corrections Grant to approve and sign for the upcoming fiscal period. The total amount of the grant represents 65 percent of the departments total funding for the year, according to Wiley,
Wiley stated that 80 percent of the individuals going through the local four county (Pratt, Barber, Kingman and Harper) Community Corrections program are successful. The statewide average is 63 percent successful, according to Wiley.
"The other 20 percent end up going to prison after we work with them," said Wiley.
According to Wiley, 18-20 individuals end up in prison annually from the four counties
Unemployment is at about 56 percent for individuals entering the program, according to Wiley.
"They are 100 percent employed unless they are disabled when they leave," said Wiley.
Wiley requested a 15-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Upon coming out of executive session, Wiley asked commissioners to approve the recommended pay raises for his employees.
In other matters commissioners:
• discussed resolution to change minimum fee at the Pratt County Landfill from $5 to $10 with Landfill Director Jason Winkle. It was noted the landfill is now open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Commissioners discussed and approved replacing the undercarriage of the track loader at the landfill, at a cost of $25,258.22. A new loader was quoted at $309,274.46 less a trade-in of $25,000.
• were informed by Weed and Recycling Director Robert Torres, he was going to purchase a pair of forks for the Case tractor so it could be used to move bails, if the forklift should break down. The estimated cost for the pair is $500. The price is well below his allowed expenditure of $5,000 without bids, according to commissioners.
• issued a road-crossing permit for AT&T for a 3,000 foot fiber optic line at First and 40th Ave.
• were informed by Pratt County Zoning Administrator Tim Branscom, all the small cities in the county, with the exception of Sawyer, wants to participate in countywide zoning. Branscom asked commissioners to allow him to proceed with obtaining a $10,000 county paid contract with Foster & Associates to do the small city zoning. If Sawyer wants to join in the process later, the cost will have to be borne by the city.
• were asked by Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn to look into the costs and benefits of Police and Fire retirement instead of KPERS.
• received a letter of resignation from the Pratt County Health Board from Alma Walker. Kim Stivers was suggested as a replacement.
• discussed at length, the number of locally owned out-of-state and county vehicles located in Pratt County. If you live in Pratt County, you should have already registered your vehicle. If you move here, according to Kansas Statutes, you have 30-days to register your vehicle in the county. Many owners are illegally registering their vehicles in states like Texas, which have no property taxes on them.
"The law in on the books," said Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur. "It's not being enforced by the law enforcement community."