NextEra applying for second wind farm in Pratt County, public invited to meeting

Pratt Tribune|Gale Rose|January 4, 2018

NextEra will apply for a second wind farm in Pratt County. They will meet with the County Planning and Zoning Board at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Pratt County Fairgrounds.

Pratt County residents are gearing up to present their opinions on another wind farm in Pratt County.

Tim Branscom, county emergency manager said NextEra will present it’s application to the Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board for a wind farm in the southwest portion of the county at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Pratt County Fairgrounds. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, a portion of which is set aside for public comment on the project.

If the Board accepts the application, they will send it to the Pratt County Commissioners for their final approval.

Branscom reminded the commissioners about the active shooter exercise at Pratt Community College on Friday, Jan. 5 starting at 10 a.m. and ending about 11 a.m. There will be many emergency vehicles involved with the exercise. The public is reminded that it is an exercise and there is not a shooter at the college.

Kirk Branaman, assistant Emergency Services Director presented a request to the commissioners for Alexandria Dick to take paramedic training at Barton County Community College. The Commission approved $8,500 for her to attend the BCCC paramedic school.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, presented and the commissioners approved a $3,233 bid from Home Lumber to do some remodeling work in the Road Department office in the Pratt County Court House.

Freund has been visiting with a company that owns a hydra vac, a truck mounted water vacuum system, he wants to use to clear a concrete drainage area under NE 100th Avenue in Preston. The drain was examined and it is blocked so Freund wants to use a hydra vac to clear the concrete culvert that is approximately 20 by 24 inches and runs the full distance under NE 100th Avenue.

The commissioners approved a $2,300 bid from Husky Hydro Vac in Hutchinson to clean the culvert. It is possible the culvert has collapsed but there is no evidence of it on the surface, Freund said.

The project should get underway the week of Jan. 8.

Jason Winkel, county landfill manager, said he was having some mechanical issues with one of the county road graders. It was having starter problems and some times it wouldn’t start. There was also oil leakage between the transmission and the engine. The grader has 10,000 hours.

Winkel said he would put on a new starter because it is loose and worn.

Robert Torres, environmental services, is looking for a full time employee. He will advertise for someone to do weed application and other duties as assigned including environmental services.


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