Walk-in access is resumed at Pratt County Court House

Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune
Visitors to the Pratt County Courthouse now have to fill out an information form so they can be contacted if coronavirus is detected in the building.

The Pratt County commissioners agreed with the plan to reopen the courthouse at their June 8 regular meeting.

Walk-in access to the building has been resumed with some restrictions. Only the west side door will be open. Visitors will have to fill out an information form so they can be contacted if coronavirus is detected in the building.

Darcie Van Der Vyver, director of Public Health, said she would be able to provide masks to those that wanted them. Taking the temperature is desirable but not mandatory. Anyone with symptoms or is sick should stay home and not come to the courthouse.

Amy Jones, county treasurer, said her office would be able to provide someone to be at the table at the entrance to get information, hand out masks and take temperatures.

Van Der Vyver said that health care facilities could also open but they don’t have to. Each state has their own specific guidelines and health care facilities will follow their states directions.

A public meeting on the proposed County Public Safety Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 22 at the Pratt Municipal Building. Social distancing will continue to be respected at this and other public meetings.

In other Commission business, Robert Torres, noxious weed and environmental services supervisor, has been invited to take part in testing a new product for controlling musk thistle. Corteva Agriscience, formerly Dow, invited Torres to test the chemical in Pratt County.

Torres said musk thistle population was down in the county but a farmer called and had two colonies in his field that could be used for testing the product, TerrVue, a combination of 24D and another drug. The product is absorbed through the leaves of the plant. Torres said he was plucking the heads of the plants but keeping the plants alive for testing.

“I thought it was an honor that they chose Pratt,” Torres said.

Commissioners approved a road crossing south of Pratt for the Haviland Telephone Company. Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, said his crews continued to do regular day-to-day work and would be working with asphalt shortly. They are about two weeks behind on asphalt because company that does the work has equipment that is broken down.

Catherine Rohrer, South Central Kansas Community Corrections director said the SCKCC needs to purchase a vehicle for their juvenile services. They can change money round in their budget to get the vehicle.

Also, the SCKCC has received another application for a resource person position.

Commissioners approved $275 for Redrock to termite inspection and remediation for the courthouse.