Pratt County has received a clean bill of health in their latest audit.
Pratt County’s fiscal status got a clean bill of health in its annual audit report. April Swartz, of Varney and Associates in Manhattan, presented the audit report to the Pratt County commissioners at their Aug. 13 meeting.
Swartz said the county audit received a clean opinion, meaning they had no problems or issues that needed to be addressed. Records were fine the way they were.
“It’s a clean opinion. There are no qualifications,” Swartz said.
On Aug. 6, the Pilot Club made a request from the county for $20,000 to help pay for playground equipment for Sixth Street Park. The commissioners voted to approve the request at their Monday meeting.
Sixth Street Park has just a few of pieces of playground equipment. The new equipment will be inclusive so all children, including those with handicaps, can use it. Pilot Club specifically wanted inclusive equipment so all children could play together.
Total cost of the equipment is $47,000. Besides playground equipment, six benches have also been purchased for people to sit and relax. A zip line is also part of the equipment. The equipment is strong enough that even adults can use it.
New air conditioning units for the county health department office have been put on hold. A new fan motor was installed and the unit that broke down is working again. The commissioners decided to hold off on replacing the air conditioning units as long as they are still in good working order.
Darci VanDerVyver, director of public health, said she had gotten three quotes for replacement units but will get new quotes when the units need to be replaced.
The commissioners passed a charter resolution exempting Pratt County from having the county health officer, VanDerVyver, conduct sanitary inspections of the school buildings and grounds in the county.
VanDerVyver said she was unaware of the regulation for the inspections until a recent meeting and had never conducted one. The commissioners and County Counselor Bob Schmisseur discussed the matter and wondered if the state had conducted the inspections in the past and had passed the responsibility to the counties. They also discussed the sanitation measures already in place in the schools and the necessity of having the inspections in the first place. VanDerVyver said she has limited knowledge of sanitary inspections and after further discussion, the commissioners decid-ed to pass the resolution, exempting the county from making the inspections.
Work on updating the jail cells is moving slowly but surely. Brick walls are being built to hold the new showers in two cells with more to do. Sheriff Jimmy White estimates the upgrade will take about eight more weeks or perhaps less.
At the moment, he can handle all his prisoners and doesn’t have to send them to another jail, White said.