A change in Sheriff officer hours will allow all officers to have weekends off.

A new work schedule for the Pratt County Sheriff's Office will change work week hours and provide all officers with some weekends off. The new hours were approved at the County Commission meeting June 26.

The Pittman Payroll Schedule will be implemented that is based on a 30 hour work week followed by a 50 hour work week. If they officers work over the set work hours, they will receive overtime pay as usual.

The change will impact both field and jail staff. Officers are willing to go to the new system in order to get some weekends off, said Pratt County Sheriff Jimmy White.

Pratt County Counselor Bob Schmisseur said he looked into the laws covering this format and he said there were exemptions covering the hour change for public safety employees. Schmisseur said he was not opposed to trying it.

Pratt County Clerk Sherry Kruse said it would not be a problem to change to the new format. The new pay format would not impact Office Manager Linda Banks who will remain on a 40-hour work week schedule.

The design engineering for the plumbing project at the Pratt Law Enforcement Center will soon be under way after the Pratt County Commissioners selected MKEC Engineering consultants to do the mechanical, electrical and plumbing at the June 26meeting. Commissioners approved $14,100 for the design phase.

Once the design phase is complete, bids will be put out for that actual project that will replace plumbing in the jail and basement that were not part of the new construction at the LEC for dispatch, booking, sally port and kitchen.

Darcie VanDerVyver, director of Public Health said the new patient information system at the Pratt County Health Department is going live on July 1. The new system will make handling patient information more efficient for health department staff.

Catherine Rohrer, South Central Kansas Community Corrections director, said the Intermediate intervention plan has been up dated for the juvenile side. Other changes have been made and will go into effect on July 1, said

Rohrer said she expects to get the same funding from the state as she did last year for both juvenile and adult programs. There is $5 million available in grants to work with juvenile population and that money is available to any agency that serves juvenile offenders.

"We're looking pretty good," Rohrer said.

The county road crew is ready to start their summer asphalt projects. They are going to wait until after Independence Day to allow wheat cutters to get harvest finished.

"We don't want to get in their way," said Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor.

A new cardboard compactor is in the works for the Pratt County Recycle Center. A new extra heavy duty Cram-a-Lot compactor would replace the current model that is no longer manufactured and parts are no longer available. The company would install the new unit and conduct training on the same day, said Jason Winkel, Pratt County landfill manager.

The company will haul out the old unit but the county will use their own forklifts and that should save some money. Representatives from Cram-a-Lot came to Pratt to make sure the new unit would fit. The lead time is from six to eight weeks for construction.

Another company has also sent specifications on compaction unit that included a specs list. Commissioners want to see a specs list from Cram-a-Lot before they make a decision on which company to approve.

A new scale for the landfill is also in the works. Both Salina Scale and Apollo have submitted information for this project. Salina has everything in stock and would provide a temporary scale while the new scale is being installed.

Apollo has a temporary scale but there is an additional charge of $15,000 on top of the purchase price.

Commissioners will review specs for both units before making a decision.

Tim Branscom, county zoning administrator, continues to research vehicles to replace his current vehicle with 90,000 miles. He has sent out bid information and commissioners will open bids at the July 3 meeting.

Commissioners voted to hire Nathan Houdyshell to run the new kayak rental program at the Pratt County Veteran's Memorial Lake.

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