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Pratt County Commission: Wind farm still on the horizon  

Credit:  By Gale Rose | Pratt Tribune | Posted May 12, 2015 | www.pratttribune.com ~~

An update on NextEra’s plans to establish a wind generator farm in Pratt County will take place in Wichita on May 27.

Pratt County Emergency Manager Tim Branscom will meet with Noah Hyte, a consultant with NextEra, do discuss the timetable of the project and make sure everyone is on the same page. Branscom notified the Pratt County Commissioners of the meeting during the regular commission session Monday.

Branscom said a representative from another wind energy company had requested a copy of the requirement criteria to start a wind generation farm in Pratt County. He did not elaborate on the matter beyond mentioning the request.

He also notified the Commission he was going to take possession of a portable light generation unit this Thursday. The cost of the unit is covered with grant money and will not require county tax dollars. The only cost will be insurance and up keep.

The portable unit has four 1,000-watt lights that operate off a 6KW generator. The lights can be pointed in any direction and work independently. The unit runs on diesel fuel.

The unit will not be limited to disaster but can be borrowed for sporting events or special activities.

Director of Public Health Debbie McGraw said the numbers continue to be down from a year ago in every area except drug screens that are up three from 12 in April 2014 to 15 in April 2015.

The biggest drop is in immunizations from 175 in April 2014 to 117 in April 2015 for a 33 percent drop. There doesn’t appear to be any specific reason for the downward trend.

The total number of procedures dropped 17 percent while the total number of patients dropped 18 percent.

On the plus side, the health department has received the John Snow Disease Investigation Certificate of Recognition for their investigation into Hepatitis C cases in Pratt County.

Robert Torres, county environmental services and recycling manager, reported that his department was doing more spraying this year than last.

He was spraying musk thistle while Dean Staab was tackling bindweed in the county.

He was also in communication with cotton growers about the locations of their fields. Cotton is very susceptible to certain kinds of herbicides so it’s important for the county to know the location of each field.

Torres said besides spraying, he continues to perform septic tank inspections.

In other action:

Commissioners approved $687 for an additional vent in a window in the Appraisers Office. Hopper’s Glass, the same company that installed the new windows in the courthouse, will install the vent.

Source:  By Gale Rose | Pratt Tribune | Posted May 12, 2015 | www.pratttribune.com

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