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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Landfill plan broken into smaller pieces

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  • Plans for the future use of the Pratt County Landfill will be a little more specific through a set of plans or "cells" approved at the Monday afternoon County Commissioners meeting.
    Jason Winkel, Pratt County landfill and recycling supervisor, presented a proposal from Allied Environmental Consultants to provide engineering design service for "cells" within the landfill phases that will help prepare for future expansion, track filling rates and assist with yearly closure and poser closure care estimates, according to the AEC statement of understanding.
    The current landfill design has several phases that look at the future of the landfill in terms of decades and even centuries. With these "cells" it will provide a guide on a smaller yearly scale the will make operations easier.
    The cost to the county is $2,600 with future cell volumes for an additional $500. The Commissioners approved the AEC proposal unanimously.
    Randy Phillippi, county road supervisor, reported on a two-semi accident just after noon Monday involving a county belly dump semi and trailer. The driver of the vehicle, Jordan King was very lucky and should be OK, Phillippi said.
    He also said the driver of the other semi was at fault in the accident.
    Phillippi will with meet with Pratt County Counselor Robert Schmisseur Tuesday to discuss the legal aspects of the accident.
    But the semi tractor and trailer were totaled and the county would lose the use of those vehicles.
    Phillippi will also meet with a rural resident Tuesday to discuss the county scraping away grass the resident had planted on NW 110th street between 40th and 30th Avenues.
    Robert Torres, county environmental services director, said they had sprayed at Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake and would continue to spray elsewhere in the county because of the good weather.
    Upcoming is an invitation only meeting on musk thistle in the county. Torres said he would invite those with known musk thistle problems.
    He also wanted to invite rural postal carriers because they have been beneficial in spotting and reporting musk thistle out in the county.
    The meeting will provide training on identifying musk thistle and how to control it. The meeting is set for Nov. 12.
    Peggy Lee, community service work coordinator, reported that many people sentenced to community service have not been showing up, especially young people.
    "Kids don't want to do it," Lee said.
    Sometimes they will go back to court after failing to complete their service and get an extension but still not finish the sentence.
    People will be assigned but would rather pay off the sentence then work it off, Lee said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lee said when people don't show up for community service, it shows disrespect for the system. The only option for those people was to go back to court and try to get them to serve their time again.
    In other business:
    n The Commissioners approved Jerry Keene and Tiffany Ailstock to serve on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging.
    n The Commissioners approved $1,000 for the use of Lemon Park Lights.

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