The Pratt County Commissioners approved a special use case for Queal Enterprises to relocate his business south of Pratt to a new location on the west side of Sawyer at 20392 SE 100th Street.

Commissioners Glenna Borho and Charles Rinke approved the application for special use on the land that will include a shop building on 10 acres. Commissioner Joe Reynolds was absent.

The commissioners took the action after the County Planning Board had considered the project and recommended that the commissioners approve the application.

Queal Enterprises is currently located south of Pratt and Don Queal said he had flat run out of growing room.

Queal has a land clearing business, mostly the removal of Eastern Red Cedars, and then processes them into mulch.

The property will have a 40-foot easement and possibly a fence for the convenience of his neighbors and the aesthetics of the property.

Any persons who feels the final action of the commissioners aggrieved them have 30 days after Monday's action to appeal to the District Court.

Nancy Smith, Community Service work coordinator, said she had received lots of calls and from 30 to 40 letters from places interested in getting community service workers.

Kathy Harvey of Court Services will also start working with Smith to place community service workers.

Smith said some had helped take down the Lemon Park Lights and helped distribute commodities at the Community Center.

Smith also hopes to get workers involved with the Hope Center.

Tiffany Ailstock, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director, said she would be using Pratt Buy Sell Trade to sell vehicles the program has retired. Anyone wanting to buy these vehicles would have to go through a sealed bid process.

Mike Patton, manager of plant operations at Pratt Regional Medical Center, said two generators had been installed early Monday at the hospital construction site.

The roof decking on the three-story portion of the new building is done and the roof should be complete by the middle of this week. On Jan. 16, the roofing will be installed over the in-patient area.

One element that will have to wait is the pads for the transformers. It is too cold to make the pads so that part of construction will have to wait for warmer weather, Patton said.

Work is progressing as scheduled even with the occasional snow and cold weather.

On the financing end of things, PRMC President and Chief Executive Officer said the projected sales tax revenues through four months had exceeded the projected amount by almost $250,000 for an actual revenue of $569,400.