Safety plans, precautions top city agenda

Fran Brownell
Pratt city office manager Angie Branscom works with new safety standards, including a plastic shield between customers and office personnel, at the city office, which is now open to the public.

Pratt city commissioners focused on emergency preparedness at their meeting June 1.

Mayor Gary Schmidt presided with commissioners Doug Meyer, Jason Leslie and Zach Deeds in attendance at City Hall and commissioner Don Peters attending remotely.

With city offices reopened for business as of June 1, City Manager Bruce Pinkall told commissioners that there had been some foot traffic at City Hall front office, where plexiglass shields have been installed as a COVID-19 safety precaution for the public and city employees.

Following discussion relating to the proposed update of the city’s Emergency Water Supply Operation Plan, Pratt city commissioners unanimously approved the plan presented by Public Works Director Russ Rambat, who fielded questions about the document which, he said, details actions to be taken by the city in the event of a drought or water shortage.

“It’s an updated plan,” Rambat said. “Like with any plan, nothing’s set in stone. You have a plan you try to follow, but you always adjust on the spot.”

Commissioner Meyer sought and received confirmation that the chain of command set out in the city ordinance mirrors Pratt County’s emergency change of command.

“I’m really impressed with the succession of things to systematically take care of the problem,” Mayor Schmidt said.

Commissioners also updated nine ordinances to conform with a proposed Global Fee Ordinance which will encompass all fees set by the city in a single document, rather than having each fee listed individually in the ordinance to which it pertains.

Updated at the meeting were Ordinance 2059 - Establishment of Water Rates, Ordinance 2060 - Establishment of Penalties and Fines for Cross Connection Violation, Ordinance 2061 - Establishment of Sewer User Charge Rates, Ordinance 2062 - License Requirements for Septic Tank Truck Operators, Ordinance 2063 - City Contracting to Supply Electricity, Ordinance 2064 - Electric Rates, Ordinance 2065 - General Contractors, Ordinance 2066- Limited Contractors and Ordinance 2067 - Licensing of Electricians.

City Attorney Regina Probst said that to the best of her knowledge these were the last of the ordinances to be updated, allowing for a Global Fee Ordinance that lists all city fees to be presented to commissioners for approval at a future meeting.

In other business, commissioners voted to approve the appointment of Don Schwartz to a four-year term on the Pratt Public Library Board and tabled an agenda item regarding bids for roofing work at Green Sport Complex in favor of revising the bid document specifications.