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  • Pratt County Commission: Dirks asks for county's IT business

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  • The Pratt County Commissioners have requested Bolen Office Supply to make a presentation to maintain their IT services for the county following a presentation from Dirks Copy Products at the Monday Commission meeting.
    Rick Dirks, owner of Dirks Copy Products, said the county had some IT issues and proposed a 90-day verbal agreement at no charge to review the system and present a permanent proposal based on the service usage during that 90-day period.
    Dirks said a new hire, IT Director Alan Briney had recently been hired away from Bolen Office Supply. He had been taking care of the county system already and was aware of how their system worked.
    Dirks said if the county made the change, it would be a smooth transition because Briny already knew the system.
    Commissioner Glenna Borho said the commissioners needed to have a presentation from Bolen Office Supply to retain their current status as IT provider. The commissioners all agreed Bolens should be allowed make the presentation in fairness to them.
    “We need to hear what our present provider has to offer,” Borho said.
    Commissioner Joe Reynolds said he didn’t think it was right for a Bolen’s former employee to switch employers and then the new employer make a presentation to take over the County IT coverage.
    County Clerk Sherry Kruse was instructed to contact Bolen Office Supply and invite them to make a presentation at the Aug. 18 board meeting.
    Randy Phillippi, county road supervisor, presented a non-formal agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation that would reimburse the county to $50,000 for any road repairs caused by traffic detouring around the K-42 bridge construction.
    Mid Kansas Electric Company received approval from the Pratt County Commissioners Monday to erect a communications tower in the Coats area.
    Tom Hendricks, principle engineer for Lockard White Telecommunication Engineers, said the tower would be 108 feet tall and have five microwave dishes. It would have a seven feet tall security fence with deterrent wire on top and have a daytime strobe light.
    No light would be needed at night because the tower is below the Federal Aviation Administration height requirement for night illumination.
    The tower will be located on a five acre site that is three-quarters of a mile north of SW 100th Avenue and SW 90th Street on the west side of 100th Avenue.
    Following a very brief open meeting on the county budget, the Commissioners approved a 2015 budget of $18.3 million.
    The ballots from the Aug. 5 election were canvassed Monday at 9 a.m. There were only six provisional ballots and none affected the outcome of any race.
    Nancy Smith, community service work coordinator, reported to the commissioners that she was having a good response to getting community service sentences cleared. At the present she had 39 cases with the Pratt County Attorney, 19 cases with corrections and 12 cases with court services.
    Page 2 of 2 - The people have been clearing their hours at the humane society, helping set up and take down election tables, helping with commodity distribution, lake cleanup, recycling center and at the land fill. One person had completed over 100 hours, Smith said.
    Sheriff Vernon Chinn reported that the temporary trailer to house the Pratt Law Enforcement Center Dispatch was in place and electrical and communication connections were underway.
    Dispatch is moving out of the LEC during construction. Once everything is in place, the switch over is expected to take about 10 minutes, Chinn said.
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