Pratt County Commissioners are reviewing information before choosing insurance for the county. Representatives from EMC, the current county insurer, and KCAMP were on hand to answer commission questions during their April 8 meeting.
There was so much information presented to the commissioners, they needed more time to go through all the material before making their choice. The County has used EMC for insurance for many years but decided to ask for bids this year. Only EMC and KCAMP responded. Commissioners will take up the issue at a later commission meeting.
Commissioners have chosen a contractor to make repairs at the Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake. Smiley Concrete was chosen as low bidder at $121,135 for the base bid on the outlet and $73,152 for the inlet project. The other two bidders were Dondlinger and Sons Construction and Klaver Construction, both of Wichita and both bids were higher. The Commissioners opened bids April 8 then their consulting firm Kirkham Michael reviewed the bids to make sure everyone bid covered the same repairs. Commissioners recessed and reconvened April 11 to select a bid after the review.
The lake inlet and outlet areas were damaged in the Labor Day flood in 2018. Smiley Concrete is scheduled to begin work on the project on May 1. By contract, the county has put a June 21 deadline to finish the project.
Currently, Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, has started the process of draining the lake for the project. The Ninnescah River has also been drawn down for the project.
After visiting a county road in person, commissioners decided to keep NW 60th Street between NW 70th Avenue and 80th Avenue open as a minimum maintenance road. Jeff and Joe Berry had petitioned the Commissioners to close the road because of its poor condition and reduce it’s use by other farmers in the area during harvest.
After hearing from others that used the road and seeing it in person, the Commissioners decided to keep the road open.
Sheriff Jimmy White asked for and received permission from the Commissioners to have Shawn Harding of HMN Architects begin evaluating water leakage problems at the Pratt Law Enforcement Center. There are issues with water damage, mold, deteriorating windows frames, possible roof leaks and more that need to be addressed.
White said it would cost a lot of money to do all the fixes and would have to be done in phases.
Scott Harris, EMS director, said transferring the box from Medic 4 to a new chassis is complete and he hopes to have the unit on display at the Pratt County Safety Fair April 27.
Tim Branscom, county emergency manager, said the Pratt County Safety Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the National Guard Armory will feature 30-35 agencies from local, state and federal agencies.
 presenting information on a broad area of topics. This event is free to the public and fill feature much information, free food and door prizes.
Surprise inspections were conducted at the county landfill and recycle center and both received good reports, said Jason Winkel, landfill manager.
The landfill is preparing for cleanup week May 6-11. Dumping will be free to city residents only that week. Residents must bring their material to the landfill. It will not be picked up in the city.
Commissioners signed an 30th Judicial District Community Corrections Inter local Agreement with Barber and Kingman Counties, also in the 30th Judicial District, with new wording that eliminates mention of the Juvenile Justice Authority that is no longer in existence. The Kansas Department of Corrections is happier to have the document without the JJA, said Catherine Rohrer, South Central Kansas Community Corrections director.