April 23


April 23, 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.

Peggy Pratt, with Juvenile Services, and newly hired Juvenile Services’ Supervisor Tonya Thomas, were present to request office space in the courthouse.  A supervisor at their Hays office was retiring, and they were losing their lease in Hays this summer.  Juvenile Services has hired Tonya Thomas, from Stockton, as a supervisor.  The commissioners were okay with finding some office space within the courthouse for them.  Pratt talked to Connie Stithem, Clerk of the District Court, and she thought she would be happy to have the old Law Library to use as their office.  Some scheduling and timing will need to be worked out as the Court may need to use the space some during motion days.  Juvenile Services will take care of the cost of setting up the office for phone and internet usage. 

The commissioners reviewed the minutes from April 16th.   Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes from April 16th with some corrections to be made.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes as corrected from April 16th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Poore agreed.

Hagan reported a quiet week, getting just a few calls about road concerns.  Hagan asked if the Road Department was planning to put any rock in front of the tubes that had been positioned at the low Webster Dam road.  Bouchey had mentioned earlier he may use some of the crushed cement. 

Poore said the calls he received discussed roads that haven’t been graded recently.  Poore mentioned he had checked S Road and the road in front of Neal Brown’s.  Both were doing okay.  The Economic Development Board meeting had been re-scheduled for the afternoon, and Poore planned to attend. 

Ruder said he had attended the Red Bud Village Board of Directors meeting.  Most of their discussion was concerning advertising and looking for a new administrator as Fontella Fant plans to retire this fall.  They plan to advertise and take applications until May 21st.

Ruder reported on the Elected Officials meeting held in Colby the previous week.  The legislators spoke and answered questions about school funding, KDOT funding and the tax lid.  The commissioners were encouraged to attend the KCCA conference in May that will be held in Wichita. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session from 9:15 to 9:30 am to discuss non-elected personnel.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore, Corky Hagan; and Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff. Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion.

Jolene Niernberger, with the Senior Companions and Foster Grandparent Programs, was present asking for consideration of support for their programs.  Several members were present to explain and define their positions and length of service:  Glen Buss, Kathleen Campbell, Charlotte Sammons, Betty Cadoret, and Wayne Spore. The Commissioners assured the group they would support them at budget time. 

Julie Cole, Stockton Ambulance Services, and Adam Comeau, Plainville EMS, were present to give a quarterly report on their progress and status of Plainville EMS and Stockton Ambulance Service.  Between the two groups, they averaged two (2) runs per day with 165 calls ran during the first quarter of 2018.  This included sixty-one (61) transfers and a 66% ALS coverage rate.  Plainville had received a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for two (2) Zoll X-Series monitors and Stockton had received a grant from the Kansas Revolving and Assistance Fund for one (1) Zoll X-Series monitor.  They were able to purchase four (4) Apple iPads with cellular capability to be used as the data access point for the Zoll Monitors.  Also the iPads will be used for Patient Care Reporting as well as Call Mapping. 

Cole reported they started the year with a collaboration with the Kansas Sepsis Project and Dr. Steve Simpson from the KU Med Center.  This collaboration began with Sepsis protocol development and implementation.  The project will be able to look at the data that they acquire in the field on the patients and see how the protocols affect their patient outcomes. 

Stockton Ambulance and Plainville EMS continue to implement education plans.  They have awarded over 170 hours of continuing education credit in the first quarter to EMS providers.  They have also held trainings with the Plainville Fire Department and followed up that training with an AHA approved CPR for a Provider’s Class that certified twelve (12) firemen in CPR and first aid.  

The Plainville station was remodeled into a crew room to allow crew members to stay in the station in an air-conditioned space.  A new garage door for the Plainville Station was replaced through funding from the Commissioners. 

Cole ended the report with questions as to whether the two groups should combine and how to acquire a long-term contract.  Although they operate as one team, they are technically two different services, which makes budgeting difficult, and many things are then paid for twice such as the insurances and contracts. 

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, discussed with the Board about continuing the fire ban set the previous week.  The drought is still severe, but with the cooler weather and some chances of rain, the Board decided to drop the fire ban.  All citizens still need to call in any controlled burns or fires by resolution.

Post mentioned he would be in Dodge City this week for training through the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP). 

Roque Garcia, Custodian, was informed about Juvenile Services moving into the old Law Library on the first floor of the courthouse.  Garcia will get some painting and maintenance done, and contact vendors to get the wiring and telephone/internet hook-ups done.  Juvenile Services will pay for these services. 

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

                April 23, 2018

County General                                 67439-67456                       $5,839.83

Noxious Weed                                   67457-67466                       $38,884.40

CDC Equipment Reserve                 67467                                    $2,657.92

Health Department                            67468-67475                       $9,260.03               

GRAND TOTAL                                                                              $56,642.18

Ruder made a motion to voucher $30,000.00 to the Red Bud Village for appropriations from the Commissioner’s Nursing Facility Fund in the General Fund as the facility has lost some residents recently.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

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

Adopted this 30th day of April, 2018



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                    


Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk