April 2


April 2, 2019

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

Kelly Muir and Alan Dix, representing the Rooks County Free Fair, presented the 2019 Rooks County Free Fair Board members for approval.  Ruder made a motion to accept all members; there being no changes from the previous year.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  The 2019 Rooks County Free Fair Board members are as follows:


                Alan Dix, President                          Ruthmary Muir                  Royce Muir                Doug Keas

                Kelly Muir, Secretary                      Laura Moffet                     Steve Cook                  Jeff Keller

                Dan Kriley, Treasurer                      Anna Luna                      Cindy Eichman             Jerry Miller

                Dean Hrabe, 1st VP                           Joe Becker                   Cade Beesley               Dixie Miller

                Leonard Bristow, 2nd VP                 Tom Benoit                      Jess Iwanski                Shawn Roy

                Jason Ochampaugh                         Brian Pelton                  David Pieper               Steve Riffel

                Henry Sander


Kelly Muir reported on the projects the fair board plans to work on this year:

  • The board is looking into re-sealing some of the buildings on the fair grounds. Some of the buildings had been cleaned and sealed about ten years ago; but, at that time, the horse barns were not done.  The plan is to do one building this year and then another next year.  Kelly Muir said they would like to use the same vendor the commissioners approve for the courthouse stone maintenance project.  Grants will be looked into, but the fair board may need some financial help. 
  • The heating system in the 4-H building is extremely old, and two of the four units are not working. The air conditioning units have been replaced recently, but the furnaces have never been replaced. 
  • The sound system has been upgraded.

Dix also reported the entertainment schedule for 2019 is nearly 90% done.  Some changes in the schedule include moving the car races to Wednesday and Thursday and having the Family Night on Friday evening of the fair. 

Also, the board will be talking to Rich Bouchey, Road Supervisor, about working on some of the roads on the grounds. 

The Spring Livestock Show is scheduled for memorial weekend. Smith County may need to use Rooks County facilities for their Livestock Show, because theirs is unfinished at this time.  Kelly Muir and Dix will talk to the insurance agent about insuring this special event for two days if needed to.   

The Spring Demolition Derby is scheduled as well. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from both February 26th and February 29th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the February 26th minutes with a minor adjustment and the February 29th minutes as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign both sets of minutes.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

The Commissioners reviewed an email received from Norm MacLeod, with the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition.  The email contained two brief articles of interest:

                KNRC has posted a video featuring Executive Director Carlson discussing the power of local government

                USFWS (U.S. Fish & wildlife Service) proposes to list the Eastern Black rail as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

The Commissioners reviewed the High Plains Mental Health Minutes from their February 28th meeting as received in the mail. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported his department is out blading and fixing wash-outs.  They will need to let the water escape, first, in several areas.  The trucks have hauled rock to 30 Road for repair.  Bouchey had residents call about two different culverts.  Near 23/Z Road, the tube is sticking up in the air and two other tubes need attention as well.  Bouchey has received one quote for three tubes, and is awaiting another quote.  The Board gave Bouchey permission to accept the low quote and to get the tubes and repairs done as soon as possible.  Another tube may need replaced, as well; the back hoe equipment operator is working to get it cleaned out now. 

Hagan reminded Bouchey about R Road west of Damar.  The corner there is used often and needs attention.  Other road concerns were:  11 Road north of US K18, R/28 Road and P/8 Road. 

The rock crushing vendor is finished at the landfill, and is starting to pull the equipment out.

Bouchey mentioned that he and Gail Strutt would be going to Colby to attend the open house at Foley Equipment Thursday April 14th.  They have a program available, that they are interested in, where Foley would provide the equipment to track equipment maintenance, and the County would pay for the installation. 

Bouchey invited the commissioners to attend a class, hosted by Rooks County, (with speaker Norm Bowers from KAC) that will be held at the Rooks County 4-H Building with information about bridge programs and managing funding.  Bouchey also stated that Rooks County should be receiving Federal exchange monies soon. 

Bouchey has been informed that fracture-critical bridges get inspected annually.  Rooks County does have one bridge that qualifies as fracture-critical.

In weekly reports, the Commissioners discussed the calls received about the roads.  Hagan mentioned he had visited with Sheriff Gary Knight and Gary asked Amy Dix, with Mapes & Miller, about trading electrical services for dispatch services.  Ms. Dix said this would be okay with a written contract in place. 

With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Adopted this 9th day of April, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                            


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk