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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Hospital bond revenue exceeds projections

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  • Sales tax revenues for the bonds for Pratt Regional Medical Center were $100,000 over what was projected.
    Those revenues will go into a bond reserve fund to help pay off portions of the bond early, said PRMC President and Chief Executive Officer Susan Page at the weekly Pratt County Commissioners meeting Monday night.
    Funds to pay off the bond come from the hospital, sales tax and Pratt Health Foundation.
    Page said a goal for the construction is to pay off the bonds and sunset the sales tax early.
    Pratt County resident Roger Greene said he would like to see a monthly report on what the hospital anticipated taking in and had actually received.
    Page said she would be happy to supply that information at each of their construction updates to the Commissioners so it would be on the public record.
    Progress continues on the addition to the Pratt Regional Medical Center expansion project. Hospital Manager of Plant Operations Mike Patton provided an update on construction to the Commissioners.
    Patton said pads for generators were going in, concrete had been poured for the third floor, crews were making storm sewer connections, heaters were used on the first floor to keep the concrete warm and electricians were hard at work in the boiler room.
    Repairs on the damaged Stanion meeting rooms are nearly complete. Crews are scheduled to install the petition wall in the room as well as the new ceiling tile.
    The room, located in the basement of the hospital, suffered extensive water damage in an August rainstorm.
    Pratt County Council Bob Schmisseur said he would present the courthouse security plan to the commissioners for approval on Monday, Dec. 16. He along with Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn and District Court Judge Frank Meisenheimer had worked on the plan and had it ready to present so it could go to the State Attorney General's office by the Dec. 31 deadline.
    Schmisseur also said Pratt Ethanol had completed an application for tax abatement for the $18 million in upgrades to the plant to get it open. He plans to present the application to the commissioners on Dec. 16. The application is only for the improvements to plant.
    A public hearing on the application is also required before a vote and will probably happen in the last three weeks of January 2014.
    Jason Winkel, Pratt County landfill and recycling supervisor presented two options to the commissioners for a complete rebuild of a packer (1998 or 1997) for the landfill. Commissioners approved a $165,000 two-year contract at zero percent interest with Foley Equipment of Wichita. The rebuild is expected to take six weeks.
    Winkel said on Monday they put up 700 feet of new fence on the north side of the property and had 300 more feet to go. The fence provides extra protection from debris blowing off the landfill site.
    Page 2 of 2 - Randy Phillippi, county road supervisor, said he had received two new road graders last week and one should be in service Tuesday, Dec. 3 while the other will be ready for service soon.
    Community Service Coordinator Nancy Smith began her duties Monday.
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