Pratt County Commissioners consider weight scale purchase for Pratt County Landfill.

The future of a new scale and scale house at the Pratt County Landfill was reviewed at the Pratt County Commission meeting July 24.

The current scale is not long enough to handle full size semi-trucks. Big trucks have to go into Pratt to the Kanza Co-op scale to get weighed before and after a load is dumped. This is a big inconvenience for drivers, said Jason Winkel Pratt County landfill manager.

Kyle Berg, of Hammel Scale out of Wichita, presented technical data for a possible new Mettler Toledo scale at the landfill. The new scale would be 80 feet long and 11 feet wide. They would do all the concrete and installation for the scale. His company would have a rental scale available during construction and they would do any maintenance for the scale including a twice annual inspection. The state requires one inspection a year but Hammel requires two inspections to maintain the 10-year warranty that covers parts, labor, travel and mileage. Scale testing is $330 per test and would be done by a company out of Salina. The life of the scale is 30 years.

Winkel said he prefers having the scales tested twice a year in case something should go wrong with the scale.

The new scale would have a digital weighing system that would eliminate junction boxes, Berg said.

Junction boxes can have problems with moisture so eliminating them would be more efficient.

Commissioner Glenna Borho said if they are going to spend the money to install a new scale, they need to install a new scale house too. Berg said his company could also install the new scale house that comes prefabricated and prewired.

Winkel said he would like to have an office in the new scale house it there was enough room. He would like a space where he could to paperwork without interruption.

As far as funding goes, there is enough money in the special equipment fund to cover the cost of installing a new scale.

The commissioners will review all the technical data and make on a decision on the new scale at a later commission meeting.

A new program to help reach 10 to 14 year olds before the get involved with drugs could soon be available in Pratt.

Andie Dean, Pratt Regional Medical Center director of community services, presented the "Helping Kids Prosper" program on behalf of the Pratt Prevention Partnership. A new $5,000 South Central Community Foundation grant is available and she is applying for the grant to cover the cost of getting the program started.

The total cost of the program is $6,200 so Dean requested $1,200 from the county commissioners to cover the rest of the cost. The commissioners approved the $1,200 with Commissioner Glenna Borho abstaining from the vote because she is part of the Pratt Prevention Partnership.

The Helping Kids Prosper program has a history of working, a necessary requirement for the Pratt Prevention Partnership to consider using it. Dean said there is nothing like this in Pratt County.

The program cost includes training for three local members and a coach. The program takes six weeks to complete and can be taken multiple times.

Commissioner Joe Reynolds liked the sound of the program and said "This is something Pratt needs."

The program is not a legal requirement but Dean said she would work with Pratt County Attorney Tracey Beverlin to find out if people could be put in the program as part of their legal obligations.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, said his crews continued to lay asphalt at various locations in the county. He was just finishing in the Coats area and had more work to do around Sawyer and Cairo.

Freund said two of his part time employees, Nathan Houdyshell and Ben Wiltshire will soon be leaving. Freund has another part time employee that only works in the evenings but could stay on and help through the winter.

DeWayne Bryan, Pratt Health Foundation executive director, will provide signage announcing kayak operation rules, hours of operation and rental costs at the lake.

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