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New EMS director takes over with new software partner

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Michael W. Blackford

Pratt County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to hire Brian Atteberry as the new Pratt County EMS Director at their regular October 4 meeting. Atteberry, who accepted the job offer, had been acting director since last month. At last Monday’s meeting, Atteberry informed the Commissioners that he was changing the software training partner for EMS employees. The new company will allow local content to be recorded and made available to users.

“This change will allow all employees to receive the same training regardless of their schedule,” said Atteberry. “The software will also keep track of assigned and completed training for all employees.”

Also at the October 9 meeting, Heather Morgan, an economic development consultant, had to keep her comments brief so she could continue to attend a zoom meeting regarding the Highway 54 bypass with the KDOT.

“Adding passing lanes west of Pratt is on KDOT’s schedule for next year (2022),” Morgan said.

She urged the commissioners to discuss and come up with a proposal to present to KDOT on where the county would like to see it go. She said the bypass around Pratt was becoming increasingly imminent and it would be in the best interest of the county to have a say because at the moment nothing is set in stone.

Commission Advisor Tyson Eisenhauer has applied for permission to use America Title again this year to produce the “Tax Foreclosure Certificates”. Eisenhauer has identified 102 properties that will start the process. He acknowledged that the vast majority of them will be taken care of by homeowners before foreclosure.

“If the owners pay until 2017, it will stop the process,” Eisenhauer said.

Homeowners do not have to pay all taxes, but must bring them within two years of billing.

Tim Branscom, director of emergency management, provided information on the current tower that manages emergency services radios for a five-county area, in which Pratt is involved.

“The tower maintenance costs are broken down by population in each of the counties. Pratt is the largest and accounts for almost 50% of the total population and costs,” Branscom said.

Branscom told commissioners next year that the tower needed repairs. It does not currently meet FAA standards, so lighting and / or paint must be addressed. The planned new lights would eliminate the need to paint the tower as well. Guide wires and fence also need to be replaced. Pratt’s share of the three would be close to $ 20,000. However, a federal grant is requested to replace the tower with a new one. If the grant was awarded to it, the current tower would receive the new lights to ensure its safety. These lights can be used on the new tower. Pratt’s cost for the lights is just over $ 6,800. And the part of the new tower that Pratt would be responsible for is about $ 72,000 with the grant and $ 175,000 without the grant.

Regarding the progress on the construction site of the Pratt County Public Safety Building, Commissioner Tom Jones said he had passed the new emergency building and it appeared concrete work was being done. In progress.

President Rick Shriver said his next meeting with the contractor will be on October 12 and he will report back to the committee on the progress of the project after that meeting.


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