Pratt City Commission honors six employees with service awards at regular meeting.

Pratt Mayor Lucas Kumberg presented five City of Pratt employees with service award certificates Monday at the regular city commission meeting. Honored by the commission for 10 years of service were Eric Welch, maintenance and fire truck driver, Chad VanSlyke, volunteer fireman. Lola Shumway (not present) was honored for 15 years of service as public works secretary and accounts receivable clerk. Receiving an award for 20 years of service were Tony Conn, power plant maintenance, and Lance Flemming, meter reader. Public works director Russ Rambat received an award for 30 years of employment with the city.
"It's pretty amazing to have six employees with 105 cumulative years of service to Pratt," Kumberg said. "We are very fortunate to have such good and loyal employees here."
Rambat shared that city garbage truck drivers worked through the Thanksgiving holiday with regular pickups as scheduled, picking up compost one last time during the week from brown-lid containers. They will pick up garbage bags of leaves next week as well, he said.
On Thanksgiving Rambat said refuse crews preferred to come in early and run their routes and then take off earlier in the afternoon.
"They would rather put in the time than have to play catch-up later in the week," he said.
Commissioner Don Peters said he was impressed with the work ethic and willingness of employees to get the job done.
"I think it's just great they are willing to do that," he said.
The commissioners willingly approved a payment of $24,391.80 to Fairbanks Morse Engine, in Beloit, Wisconsin for the purchase of one piston assembly and one piston liner for electrical unit 7 to replace a cracked piston.
"After several weeks of hunting we have finally found one," said Electric Utility Director Jamie Huber.  "This is the only one we could find so there is no other competitive bid."
Huber said unit 6 is not big enough to handle the electrical load so getting the piston in before something really breaks is very important for the city's electrical supply.
"It depends on how fast they move but we could get it shipped in possibly two weeks," Huber said.
The payment approved for one piston did not include tax or shipping.
"We have all the others parts to make this work, we just don't have the piston," Huber said.
The city will likely need to order another piston in the future to have on standby for replacement on unit 6 to ensure continuous service should another problem arise.