Pratt County Fire and Rescue is getting a new fire reporting system that all fire districts in the county can use.

Making fire reports will become more efficient with new software for Pratt County Fire and Rescue. The Pratt County commissioners approved the purchase of the software at their regular weekly meeting on Aug. 27.

Bill Hampton, fire and rescue chief, said right now, the various fire departments in third-class cities are all using different programs. With the new system, all the departments can use the same program that would make it more efficient for the entire county.

Commissioners approved the purchase of the program from Emergency Reporting out of Bellingham, Wash. at $3,289 for the first year and $2,371 for each following year.

Hampton said he had money in a contractual account to cover the cost of the program.

Mike Garrett, CEO Horizons Mental Health, presented a year-end report for the fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Total patient revenue was $12.8 million and that was $1.3 million over the budgeted $11.5 million. After expenses, total excess revenue for the year was $684,656. This is a vast improvement of $1.3 million over the previous year when there was a deficiency of $632,848, Garrett said.

Horizons will be keeping a very close eye on the November elections. The outcome could be significant. If mental health is downsized, a large percent of their revenue would go away.

“What happens in November will be very, very important to us,” Garrett said.

Work continues on upgrades for the jail. The project will take a few more weeks to complete. Sheriff Jimmy White said he would not allow both eight-man cells to be shut down for remodel at the same time. With requirements for separation of male and female prisoners, separation from violent prisoners and separation for sex offenders, it is important to have at least one of the eight-man cells available at all times for prisoners that do not fit in these categories.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, requested and received approval for three road crossings. Two were for the Haviland Telephone Company for access to the new Pratt Wind Farm and one for Century Link for an ethernet data circuit for Northern Natural Gas.

Because of the plentiful rain, county workers have put in overtime to keep up with the mowing. The rain has produced a lot of grass and weeds, and there are many ditches to mow in the county.

There are some cottonwood trees on county property that need to be removed and Freund is getting bids for that project.

Darcie VanDerVyver, director of Public Health, continues to seek grants and is working with the Rotary club to purchase a pair of AED units for use at the Green Sports Complex.

The department van is in the shop for repairs, she said. Many of the warning lights are going off at the same time.

Jason Winkel, landfill manager, said recycle prices were still low and he was holding on to a load of cardboard until prices improved.