By Gale Rose
Some long displaced property lines in the Summit Addition on the west side of Pratt will soon get a new plat to correct years of incorrect surveys throughout the addition.
Homer Gilson, a registered land surveyor and owner of Gilson Enterprises, discovered the problem while surveying property within the addition for a resident. He presented the information to the Pratt County Commissioners during their regular weekly meeting Monday afternoon.
The area in question runs between Washington Avenue and one block west of Illinois Avenue and between West Third Street and West Fifth Street.
Gilson discovered that the “monuments” that are fixed points surveyors use to locate property lines were not giving him lines that fit the property.
After many frustrating hours of trying to figure out why the property didn’t match up with the measurements, it became clear that sometime in the past, someone surveyed the addition and did a poor job.
“It was a bad surveyor,” Gilson said. “I couldn’t figure it out.”
In some places, the property lines are so far off they actually run through the house next door.
As Gilson tried to determine the problem, he eventually conducted three surveys and each time the lines just wouldn’t match.
“Every time I couldn’t figure it out. The fence lines were not in the same place,” Gilson said.
After many frustrating hours, Gilson decided the best fix for the problem would be to make a new plat that fit the residences and businesses rather than to try to make the lines bend to fit the existing monuments.
The commissioners agreed and determined that the problem had to be solved.
“Now that we’re aware of the problem, we need to fix it,” said Pratt County Commissioner Glenna Borho.
Pratt County Commission Counselor Robert Schmisseur said he would write up a resolution for the commissioners that would authorize the creation of a special county surveyor position to conduct the new plat for the Summit Addition.
The county will probably select Gilson for the position since he has already spent many hours discovering the problem in the first place. Currently, Gilson is working as a private surveyor for a family in the addition. He would have to be hired as a special county surveyor to complete the new plat for the city.
Gilson said it would probably take about a month to complete the new plat.
Pratt City Manager Dave Howard said the city would pay to have the new plat done.
When a new plat is created, a public hearing has to take place before the plat can be approved and the same is true when an area gets a new plat, Howard said.
Once the new plat is in place, it will be the standard that any future property line issues will be judged.
In other activity:
• Accountant Vincent Wilczek presented the results from the Pratt Regional Medical Center audit. The hospital received a clean opinion, they cut expenses 3.9 percent from $39 million to $37 million, had a net income of $1.8 million and their actual sales tax revenues were $350,000 higher than the projected estimate of $534,000 for a total of $883,000.
• Commissioners signed a resolution proclaiming March as Red Cross Month.
• Commissioners heard from Scott Powell that the Hope Center was achieving its intended goals. He reported some success stories.