April 16, 2019
The Board of Rooks County Commissioners met in regular session. Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor. Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes. Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present. The Chairman brought the meeting to order, and the agenda was approved.
Roque Garcia, Custodian, presented pictures and bids for plaques he would place on the American Legion gas-flame memorial. The plaque that is on the memorial now, is worn and un-readable. For around $850.00, the plaques would be made and installed by Robert Wise, a local artist and engraver that works with Smith Monuments. Hagan made a motion to approve the bid from Robert Wise for work done on the plaques. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, requested an executive session for the discussion of the safety of the county. Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for five minutes between 9:10 am and 9:15 am for the purpose of the safety of the county. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. Those present for the executive session were: the Commissioners, John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor; and the Rooks County Sheriff, Gary Knight. Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion.
Knight reported about some damages that had been done by a prisoner using a toothbrush to etch around a vent in the cell. He had called Andy’s Home Service to repair the damage.
Knight said he would be attending the Stockton City Commission meeting at 5:00 pm that evening. Ruder and Balthazor will also be attending the meeting as the County representatives were on the City’s agenda for discussion about the dispatch fees.
The minutes of April 9th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections made. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. After the minutes were corrected and printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of April 9th. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.
In weekly reports, Hagan reported about attending the Northwest Kansas County Officials meeting held in Colby on April 10th. Seven (7) Rooks County employees had attended (two Commissioners: Hagan and Balthazor; the County Clerk, Ruthie Muir; the County Treasurer, Kim Northup, the County Appraiser, Heather Poore; the GIS Coordinator, Betty Hrabe; and the Road & Bridge Supervisor, Rich Bouchey). Hagan thought the morning session was good with the legislators speaking about topics like broad-band internet and the bill concerning the census data adjustment.
Balthazor had attended the Colby meeting as well, and he thought the legislator’s discussion about hemp production was interesting. Balthazor and Hagan had both attended the meeting that Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, had hosted on Thursday with several counties in attendance and Norm Bowers, with PVD, had held presentations.
Balthazor gave some highlights of the Economic Development meeting held April 15th.
- The KS State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge will be held in Manhattan on April 30th.
- Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, is asking for businesses to attend the Destination Bootcamp in Longmont, CO.
- The Rookstock 2019 fundraiser for the new addition at the Rooks County Health Center was a success.
Ruder had attended the Red Bud Village meeting held during the week. He reported there are thirty (30) residents at the nursing facility and ten (10) at the assisted living complex. Financially, Red Bud Village is doing okay.
All three Commissioners had received phone calls from residents about the roads.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, said a grader (the Cat 12H motor-grader) is loaded and being hauled to Concordia. It has over 24,000 hours and is having engine problems: losing water and oil. Bouchey mentioned his budget may not be able to handle extensive repairs for a rebuilt engine at this time. Two other graders are in the shop for repairs as well (collapsing hose and an injector).
Bouchey is expecting the new tubes ordered to show up today.
The Commissioners discussed with Bouchey several areas that need attention and repaired throughout the County.
Hagan mentioned, that after listening to Norm Bowers at the meeting, the County Department really needs to be working on culverts quickly to avoid any liabilities and damages. Bouchey said he would work on grader-training and practices to narrow and taper the roads at the culvert areas.
Bouchey has slated June 1st for the Spring Clean-Up between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm at the Landfill. Tires will be accepted.
Bouchey thanked the Commissioners for attending the workshop and class that he hosted last week.
Ruder made a motion to approve the signing of Resolution 2019-R3 expressing Rooks County’s intent to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) student loan repayment program. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Resolution No. 2019 – R3
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ROOKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN RURAL OPPORTUNITY ZONE STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF ROOKS COUNTY, KANSAS,
Section 1. Pursuant to K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 74-50,223, the Board of County Commissioners expressed its intent to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) student loan repayment program.
Section 2. Rooks County has been designated a Rural Opportunity Zone pursuant to K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 74-50,222.
Section 3. Rooks County Commissioners hereby obligate Rooks County to participate in the ROZ student loan repayment program as provided by K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 74-50,223 for a period of five years, which shall be irrevocable.
Section 4. Rooks County agrees to pay in equal shares with the State of Kansas the outstanding student loan balance of any resident individual for five years, if the resident individual meets the terms of qualification provided by the State of Kansas in K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 74-50,223, and the appropriate rules and regulations. The number of qualified resident individuals receiving such payments will be subject to the availability of funds.
Section 5. Rooks County intends to enter into partnerships with Cities, Employers, and Foundations for the direct sponsorship of Rural Opportunity Zone Applicants. Sponsored Applicants must meet all qualifications of the ROZ program. All sponsorships will be subject to ROZ student loan repayment rules and regulations.
Section 6. The maximum student loan balance for each qualified resident individual to be repaid jointly by Rooks County and the State of Kansas shall be $15,000 over a term of five years.
Section 7. Rooks County shall allocate $29,500.00 for year 2019 for the purpose of matching payments from the State of Kansas to qualified resident individuals. Rooks County shall revise its ROZ budget on an annual basis and shall inform the State of Kansas of any changes to the annual allocation. Rooks County shall submit their obligation in full to the Department of Commerce before the first day of September each year.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be published once in the official county newspaper and shall be in effect from and after its date of publication.
Adopted this 16th day of April, 2019 by the Board of Rooks County Commissioners, Rooks County, Kansas.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF ROOKS COUNTY, KANSAS
John Ruder, Signature
John Ruder, Chairman ATTEST:
Ruthmary Muir, Signature
Corky Hagan, Signature Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk
Corky Hagan, Member
Greg Balthazor, Signature
Greg Balthazor, Member
Hagan requested an executive session for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel for ten minutes between 10:28 am and 10:38 am. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor. Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion.
Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.
April 16, 2019
County General 70143-70176 $17,919.64
Noxious Weed 70177-70179 $897.12
CDC Equipment Reserve 70180 $640.00
Health Department 70181-70194 $1,988.36
Rooks County Golf Course 70195-70197 $460.95
Economic Develop EX TR 7019870199 $156.08
GRAND TOTAL $22,062.15
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Adopted this 23rd day of April, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk