The Pratt City Commission approved plans for Dollar Tree to start building on the east side of town.

It’s official! Dollar Tree is coming to Pratt!
With the stroke of a pen and unanimous vote, Pratt City Commissioners Monday night set the stage for Dollar Tree management to move ahead with plans for a store off U. S. Highway 54 to the east of Hibbett Sports with entrances off Fincham Road to the east and Dale Road to the north.
Pratt Building Inspector Brad Blankenship presented the resolution which defined all the boundaries and other necessary requirements to commissioners. He reported that the Pratt Planning and Zoning Board had done due diligence in making sure all city ordinances and requirements were met. Blankenship said Monty Hostetler, chairman, Linda Fletcher, vice chair, and members Tom Haltom, Kyle Farmer, Pat Quinn, Brian Barnard and Susan Parsons spent a lot of donated hours assuring that all setbacks and other zoning requirements were met.
“Dollar Tree has been chomping at the bit since the beginning of the year,” Blankenship said. “It took a lot to get everything in order so it could be approved.”
Commissioner Jason Leslie moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Commissioner Gary Schmidt.
Blankenship also reported that the year-round restroom facility at Lemon Park is on the front burner. Because of the nature of the pre-fabricated 22x12-foot buildings, the normal bidding process was not feasible,  but the funding is in place with a grant of $280,000 covering the bulk of the cost, Blankenship said.
The restroom will be at the far south end of the driving area separating the two ballfields. The structure will be brought in on a flatbed truck and the anticipated completion date for the restrooms to be open to the public is next April, City Manager Rick Eckert said.
In other business, commissioners:
* welcomed back Commissioner Don Peters who has been absent due to health issues
* received expressions of appreciation and gifts of goodies baskets from a Circles representative and also from Tiffany Ailstock on behalf of the Hope Center. Pratt Community College President Mike Calvert also thanked commissioners for the city’s participation for the proposed Soccer and Field Track.
* approved three-year reappointments of Bev Aldrich, Ken Brown and Diana Gartner to the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
* approved the nomination of Mary Harms for the 2018 Joe Wynn Volunteer Award.
* approved the 2019 Cereal Malt Beverage Application for El Trancazo at 707 North Main.
* Police Chief Nate Humble said that two other businesses with current licenses chose not to renew for next year, but did not name them.
Monday night was Commissioner Lucas Kumberg’s last official night of attendance.  Newly-elected Zach Deeds will be sworn in at the next city commission meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, January 14.
City offices will be closed Monday, December 24, at 12 p.m. until Wednesday, December 26, at 7 a.m. for the Christmas holiday.