The Pratt County Commissioners have lifted the county wide burn ban.

The county wide burn ban has come to an end. The Pratt County Commissioners voted to reascend the ban at the March 26 County Commission meeting. The ban was effective immediately.

County Fire and Rescue Chief Bill Hampton presented the request to the commissioners following recent rain that reduced the danger of fire.

The Rescue 1 unit has been repaired and is back in service. The $19,000 repair bill with Main Street Auto included replacing a sway bar and a u-joint that were broken.

Hamptons new office is closer to reality. A storage room at the Emergency Management office at 409 South Main has been cleared and old files, some dating back to 1972 have been moved out. Tim Branscom, Pratt County Emergency Manager, who occupies the building, has a spare desk for Hampton's new office. Hampton said it will just be a minimal office and he doesn't need much, just a place to do some basic office work.

Hampton requested the purchase of an additional set of bunker gear for him to put on Rescue 3. It will be more convenient for him to have the gear already in place when needed. He will seek out bids and present them to the commissioners at a later meeting.

Hampton has talked to Barber and Kingman Counties about a mutual aid agreement. He will continue the discussions and keep the commissioners informed.

Additional construction will have to be made to several shower walls in the remodel at the Pratt Law Enforcement Center. Bob Blasi of Adams Electric said that MKEC, the engineering firm that did the engineering design on the remodel, made a mistake regarding the length of walls and the size of the showers ordered and now the walls of nine showers will have to be made longer. This will increase the total cost of the project by $7,800.

A request for a state funded 2020 sign project in Pratt County has been rejected. Doug Freund, road and bridge supervisor said a shuffle in state funding was the problem.

The Pratt County Health Department will be closed Friday, March 30 so the staff can renew their CPR certification, said Darcie VanDerVyver, director of Public Health.

She reminded the Commissioners that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and that the Pratt Library will make blue pinwheels, a symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month, at their craft night.

VanDerVyver is looking into a safety net clinic for the Hope Center because people sometimes medical help other than when the clinic is open at the Center.

There is a new vaccination available for shingles and it is available at the health department. VanDerVyver said it gives better protection from shingles and once the two doses have been administered, it will last for life. The two doses are given from two to six months apart.

The Commissioners approved a contract with Charles Thimesch for lawn service at the courthouse.

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