Plans relating to a new swimming pool for Pratt have been put on hold for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic threat, according to Pratt City Manager Bruce Pinkall.


“There’s lots of things to consider,” Pinkall said. “We’re just going to have to put this on hold and wait until this pandemic is over and see how our financial situation is.”


The city has been conducting an online pool survey which is still posted on the City of Pratt Facebook site, but results of the survey have not yet been tallied for public announcement.


Pratt public works director Russ Rambat outlined for commissioners his department’s plans for updates to the city’s Ellis D. Kinney Swimming Pool, 201 South Haskell St., which last summer was closed briefly for repair because of small cuts to the feet of some children.


Rambat said the crew will remove a lot of old material from the floor to keep the pool as functional as possible.


Pitt State announces commencement plans


PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University graduates who had expected to have their commencement in May will be honored with a special ceremony Dec. 12, the university announced Wednesday afternoon. Each graduate will receive copies of the traditional printed commencement program.


May commencement ceremonies were canceled in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and the future was uncertain. Since then, the commencement team has worked on a plan to honor those graduates and their accomplishments in other ways, including social media and PSU website recognition planned for coming weeks.


But a survey found that a majority of students on track to graduate preferred a face-to-face ceremony dedicated to those who would have walked across the stage in May.