April 16


April 16, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were Chairman, John Ruder, and Members, Larry Poore and Corky Hagan.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.   Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel; and Candace Rachel, with the Plainville Times, were also present.  Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order.  The agenda was approved.

The commissioners reviewed the minutes from April 9th.   Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes from April 9th with some corrections to be made.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes as corrected from April 9th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Poore agreed.

The commissioners had only received a few road complaints during the week.  They had passed these on to Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  Poore said the Economic Development meeting had been cancelled and will be re-scheduled for next week. 

Ruder said the golf course meeting the commissioners had attended was represented by personnel from both cities and the county.  A public forum is being planned to see what people think about the idea of the golf course being owned by the municipalities. 

Ruder reminded the board about the upcoming NWKS County Officials Meeting in Colby on Wednesday. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, introduced her new employee, Rachelle Nelson. 

Ruder made a motion to endorse a check for deposit from Township #3 for the 2017 bond insurance in the amount of $68.78.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Poore made a motion to accept the 2017 annual report from Township #3.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign Resolution 2018-R4 that states certain real estate or mineral interests which were acquired by Rooks County at various times under the provisions of K.S.A. 79-2804 or amendments thereto, may be sold after advertising the same for three consecutive weeks, inter alia, as per K.S.A. 79-2804f.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  The eighteen severed mineral tracts had been acquired at a Tax Foreclosure Sale by the County on October 26, 2010 and April 9, 2014.  The tracts will be sold for the best price obtainable at public auction on May 24, 2018 in the District Courtroom on the 3rd Floor of the Courthouse at 11:00 am. 

Rich Bouchey, Road and Bridge Supervisor, reported the project at 28 and X Road is nearly finished.  There is just a little bit of ditch work left to do.  The tubes are in, and the tenants and landowners are all on board.  The crew is working between 15 and 16 Road on E Road.

Bouchey had contacted Cencon about the concrete crushing job.  Cencon’s crew is still in southern Nebraska, being delayed by weather.  He is asking for a couple months’ extension.  Bouchey thought that some of this crushed cement could be used in front of the Tallgrass facility.  The department has started making rock for S Road between 26 and 28 Roads.  

Bouchey stated all county equipment is working fairly well.  One motor grader has been in for repairs.  A mechanic form Foley’s will come to the county to look at it. 

The commissioners talked to Bouchey about the idea of putting sand down by the Neal Brown residence.  Bouchey will look into getting this done. 

Alan Dix and Kelly Muir, with the Rooks County Free Fair Board, introduced themselves as the newly elected president and secretary of their board.  Dix and Muir discussed projects planned for the fairgrounds: replacing the south ticket booth and cleaning, sandblasting and sealing the limestone buildings.  The fair board continues to try to use the fairgrounds for various events.  The Spring Livestock Show will be using the fairgrounds over Memorial Weekend, and Stockton City’s Peony Festival Committee will be using the pavilion for a dance on May 19th.  The bleachers inside the grandstand are holding up well.  Some work had been done last year on the crow’s nest, and the board is working with Dean Kester to update the sound system.  Kester will be having car races the weekend of the car show and during the fair.  Also, Kester is planning a spring demolition derby. 

Dix presented the commissioners with a listing of fair board members.  Two members had passed away in the last year.  Dixie Miller replaced Kenton Miller, and Cade Beesley replaced Wes Hunt.  Ruder made a motion to accept the Rooks County Free Fair Board Members as follows.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 


Joe Becker                          Tom Benoit                         Leonard Bristow               Henry Sander

Anna Luna                           Steve Cook                         Alan Dix                                David Pieper

Cindy Eichman                   Dean Hrabe                        Cade Beesley                     Steve Riffel

Jess Iwanski                        Doug Keas                           Jeff Keller                            Shawn Roy

Dan Kriley                            Laura Moffet                     Kelly Muir                            Ruthie Muir

Jerry Miller                          Dixie Miller                         Royce Muir                         Jason Ochampaugh

Brian Pelton

A Letter from Richard Benoit, with the Richland Fire District, requested handing over the district’s paperwork and obligations to a new board.  Ruder made a motion to appoint Matt Benoit, Ryan Wells, and Ivan Normandin as board members to the Richland Fire District under K.S.A. 19-3614 as per Richard Benoit’s recommendations.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, and the local fire chiefs had agreed there is a need to sign and enforce another fire ban.  The commissioners agreed, as well, and Hagan made a motion to sign Resolution 2018-R5 Proclamation of the State of Local Disaster Emergency for Rooks County, KS for extreme fire danger in Rooks County.    Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.

Post had mentioned his vehicle has over 91,000 miles, and he would like to start shopping around to see what is available to replace this vehicle. 

Hagan asked if the commissioners had received the information that KRNC has filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court for the District of Kansas to require agency compliance with the Congressional Review Act of 1996.  The lawsuit’s issue is the failure of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to submit its Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions Rule to the Congress for approval as required by federal statute.  The other commissioners had received the information.  The clerk has received the notice and will post the press release as requested. 

Connie Stithem, Clerk of the District Court, and Roque Garcia, Custodian, reported on the courtroom updates.  The work crew is almost finished.  The scaffoldings and scissor lift will need to be torn down and returned.  Garcia would like to thank everyone who furnished equipment or helped in any way with the project so far: the Norton Correctional Facility – East Unit; the guards, Sergeant Anthony Kuhlmann, Sergeant Jason Amlong and Sergeant Greg Moore; and Peter Bellerive, Danny Knoll and USD 271 for the scaffolding and scissor lift.  The project will continue with the carpeting schedule.  Some of the heavy benches will need to be repaired.  Some of the benches are in bad enough disrepair that the county may want to sell, depending on how many will be put back in the courtroom. 

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows.  Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

                April 16, 2018

County General                                 67342-67369                       $10,776.72

Road & Bridge                                   67370-67413                       $72,610.57

Health Department                           67414-67424                       $3,081.66

Sanitation                                          67425-67436                       $3,155.76

Economic Develop Expand TR         67437-67438                       $155.52

GRAND TOTAL                                                                              $89,780.23

With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn.  Poore seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed.

Adopted this 23rd day of April, 2018



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                  


Larry Poore, Member                                                                    


Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk