Director of the Pratt County Health Department Darcie VanDerVyver updated the Pratt County Commissioners on the new day care center at the First Baptist Church.

The new day care facility is up and running in Pratt. Director of Public Health Darcie VanDerVyver informed the Pratt County Commissioners about the opening at their regular weekly meeting on Nov. 6.

The Loving Hands day care center at the First Baptist Church in the 100 block of South Ninnescah can hold 54 children and if they make an adjustment to the building they can take newborns to 18 month olds.

A door that leads directly to the outside from the main care room is needed and Sherry Moreford, who led the charge to the facility open, is exploring how to get the door and move forward with getting it installed, VanDerVyver said.

An event is coming that will provide a free Tdap for new borns to 12 months. Contact the health department for information. The free vaccinations are made possible though the state.

Work continues on the upgrades to offices at the health department office. The first office is nearly complete and should be finished by the end of the week.

County Clerk Sherry Kruse said a change in the valves on the condensation lines in the courthouse would help alleviate a leakage problem. The Commissioners approved $1,100 for 53 Brass valves for the lines.

Robert Torres, environmental services, is considering replacing the 2003 spray truck. He said he can cover the cost with money in the general fund. Another 2005 rig is working but will need to be replaced in the near future.

For now, Torres needs a new water tank pump for one of the units. There were some upgrades on the pump he considered that were not that much more so he included them on the bid sheet he presented the Commissioners. They approved a $27,400 bid from Fairbank Equipment for the pump.

Mark McManaman, administrator of emergency and medical services for Pratt County, said getting the paperwork back from Topeka was the only thing holding up the water well in Cairo. County Counselor Bob Schmisseur said he would contact the necessary people in Topeka to expedite the paperwork.

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