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City of Pratt approves open-air prom plans

Fran Brownell
Special to the Tribune
Pratt City commissioners approved prom plans for Pratt High School and Skyline Schools for different dates, but both to be held downtown at Merchants Park.

Pratt City commissioners unanimously approved requests from Pratt and Skyline schools to hold at their postponed proms at Merchants Park, during a regular meeting Monday, June 16, at Pratt City Hall.

Both Pratt and Skyline High School Prom Nights have exchanged tradition prom activities (which were canceled due to the coronavirus this year) for open-air affairs, and school officials presented their requests to the commission.

Prom night for Pratt High School is set for Saturday, June 20, and Skyline High Prom is set for Saturday, June 27.

“At least, they’ll have a prom event for pictures,” said City Manager Bruce Pinkall, supporting the requests for both schools.

Commissioners voted to approved both events, contingent on Pinkall working out conditions with school officials, including that students would not be make trips to their vehicles during the event.

Commissioners also approved two other events for Pratt—the 2020 Hot and Cold Classic Disc Golf Tournament at May Dennis Park on Saturday June 27 and a Fun-Night Youth Core Ministries event, at Merchants Park, on Saturday, July 11.

Speaking on behalf of the Disc Golf Tournament, Joseph Burt outlined measures that have been taken to keep participants safe, which included on-line registration and no score cards.

Burt said organizers are not planning a lunch, but instead suggesting eating lunch in cars or going out to support Pratt businesses.

Pinkall reported to commissioners that the Pratt Pool will open today, Wednesday, June 17, adding that that the kids’ slide is ready, but the big slide would not be available for use and the concession stand will not be open.

Pinkall also said that the Summer Rec Program started this week, running 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with precautionary measures in place.

Mayor Gary Schmidt presided at the meeting with Commissioners Zach Deeds, Jason Leslie, Don Peters and Doug Meyer also in attendance, along with Police Chief Nate Humble, Finance Director Diana Garten, City Clerk LuAnn Kramer, Public Works Director Russ Rambat and Director of Electric Utilities Jamie Huber.

Commissioners concluded the meeting with a 15-minute executive session to discuss acquisition of property.

The meeting was held as a Zoom session, but future Zoom sessions are not scheduled as of now. The next Pratt City Commission meeting will be held in person.