Repairs on the Pratt County Veteran's Memorial Lake will probably start in February or March. The lake received extensive damage in a flood on Memorial Day.
Repairs at the Pratt County Veteran’s Memorial Lake may not happen until February or March 2019. The lake suffered substantial damage during a flood on Labor Day. A drainage outlet on the northeast corner of the lake had already collapsed and caused a sinkhole on the road around the lake. The flood caused the area around the outlet to completely collapse and leaving a big hole in the road and shoulder.
Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, told the Pratt County Com- missioners that the inlet at the northwest end of the lake needs some repair work as well and it will probably be repaired first.
Freund has conferred with Kirkham Michael, the county engineering consulting firm, has been taking elevations at the lake. Preliminary plans are for a coffer dam to be built for somewhere between $30,000 to $50,000 to keep the water back while repairs are made. The water will have to be shut off completely during the re- pairs. A company is writing specifications for the tentative project.
Right now, the lake is about 10 inches lower than normal and that level needs to come up, Freund said.
The road department continues to haul dirt and material to repair the damage from the Labor Day flood.
Scott Harris, EMS director, said he continues to have mechanical problems with Medic 4 and it’s being repaired again. Medic 3 needs a glow plug.
Harris is working on simplifying the EMS communication policy and is considering moving away from the 10 Code numbers. He is also reviewing the station duty policy to make sure everyone knows what needs to be done on a day-to-day basis to the equipment and station.
Harris is working on a blood draw policy to have it in place when they receive a request for a blood draw. He is contacting other counties to compare blood draw policies.
Sheriff Jimmy White presented information on the cost of the latest repair project to the jail. After crunching the numbers, the county has paid $465,000 with an additional $48,000 that has not been paid yet.