Pratt County commissioners approve furnace, Preston Oktoberfest plans and scale-house anchors.

Just in time for winter, the county barn is getting a new furnace to keep workers and equipment warm. Pratt County Commissioners approved $20,000 for the purchase from Central Equipment of Wichita. The action took place at the Oct. 7 meeting of the commission.
Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, said the furnace was 15 years old and needed to be replaced.
Preston City Council member Kenneth Stanton said the city expects about 30 vendor for their Oktoberfest celebration set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 in downtown Preston. He said that some vendors would set up the night before and they would be on both sides of the street. Just a couple of blocks would be involved and truck traffic would still have clear access to the grain elevator for harvest.
Stanton said the city would be responsible for cleaning up after the event was over and no adult beverages would be served. Several activities including a pumpkin patch and a hay ride would take place.
Freund said as long as truck traffic could reach the elevator, that would work for his department. He requested that a representative from Preston notify dispatch of the event times.
County workers will not have to anchor down the new scale house for the Pratt County Land Fill. Jason Winkel, county landfill manager, said the person that delivers the $6,895 scale house to the landfill site would anchor the structure for an additional $140. Winkel and the commissioners agreed that would be best.
Winkel said he could additional anchors if he thought it was necessary. As of Oct. 7, the pad for the scale house had not been poured yet and Winkel doesn’t want to pay for the new building until the pad has been poured. County Counsel Tyson Eisenhauer agreed it would be a good idea to wait on the purchase until the pad was poured.
The loader upgrade is complete and the unit is back on the job at the landfill. The second loader is now going through its upgrade and was expected to be back at the landfill around Oct. 11.
The decrease in the number of recycle centers in the area has prompted out of county residents to comment they would be willing to pay to bring their recyclables to Pratt.
A recent flu clinic provided good practice for the county health department. Darcie VanDerVyver, director of public health, said the clinic would help them understand what it would take if they had to immunize the entire community in the three days.
While they had hoped for a bigger response, they did vaccinate about 70 patients. The department received positive feedback from the event. The department has been busy giving vaccinations and has given out 400 plus shots. They have been doing vaccinations for organizations such as the Circles group and the county commissioners.