APRIL 30, 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 present for the purpose of writing the minutes. Virgie Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present. The agenda was approved.
The minutes from April 23rd were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of April 23rd with some minor corrections. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. After the minutes were corrected and printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of April 23rd. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, reported about the work session held the evening before with the Stockton City Commissioners. Knight emphasized to both newspapers that the wording of “county-wide law enforcement” is incorrect; and all that is being discussed is a ‘contract’ with the Stockton City Commissioners for police and enforcement. During the work session, discussions were held, and several questions were asked by both entities about the following:
- Year-to-year contract
- Vehicles and inventory (radios and equipment)
- Yearly COL adjustments
- Concerns about over-time and vacation time
- How much the city would want to save and how much revenue they create from which funds
- City asked about having an election
- Rooks County has not projected enough for estimated costs
- Wages with both entities
Ruder made a motion to sign a Laser Check Signature Change Request form for Rooks County’s vendor, Thomson Reuter, which would electronically add Kim Northup’s name as County Treasurer to the accounts payable and payroll checks. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Hagan made a motion to approve the re-manufacturing of the #73 12HCat grader through Foley Equipment in the amount of $154,835.00. The amount of the repair bill will be split between the Road & Bridge Equipment Fund and the Commissioner’s Equipment Fund. Ruder seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the monthly fuel bids dated 04/29/2019. Midland Marketing was awarded the low bid of $12,445.00. Bids were received as follows:
Midland Marketing – $12,445.00
Farmers Union – $12,470.00
Bosselman’s – $12,446.00
Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit the Landfill check from cash and receipts in the amount of $4,756.60. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Hagan made a motion to approve the March fee reports for both the Landfill and the Road & Bridge Departments. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Bouchey mentioned he will be running ads for the spring clean-up slated for June 1st.
Bouchey thanked the Board for their approval and help in getting the 12H grader repaired timely. He will take tires to Foley Equipment, and they will mount them.
Bouchey talked about projects the department is working on:
Culvert at 23/Z Road
Culvert needing attention at the State Lake – the crew is cutting trees at that location as well
The department is working at Bow Creek
30 Road between R/S Road & 21 Road between V/X Roads
U Road is powdered badly & O Road at 13/14 Road is impassable three ways
S/10 Road project
Bouchey said the JCB loader has lost is steering capacity. The hydraulic lift is working, but it has no steering. After several calls, Bouchey found a JCB dealer in Superior, NE. With the help from their service technician, Rooks County’s mechanics may be able to fix this problem.
Ruder made a motion to sign three township bond checks for deposit. Township #3’s bond check in the amount of $61.24; Township #5’s bond check in the amount of $42.10 and Township #9’s bond check in the amount of $31.15. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, presented small fund vouchers for signature (the Rooks County Airport vouchers and the 911 vouchers).
Northup requested obtaining a computer program from the vendor, Thomson Reuter, for antique vehicles. Rooks County does approximately 900 antiques per year by hand at this time. Thomson Reuter has enhanced their program to integrate antiques with the ‘movers’ program. The total cost would be about $3,800.00 which would include $2,500.00 for the program; $800.00 for set-up, installation, and training; and $500.00 for annual maintenance. Northup would pay for the program out of her special equipment fund. Ruder made a motion to allow Northup to go ahead with the upgrade and program. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
In weekly reports, Hagan reported about the condition of U Road having many powder pockets throughout. Hagan had attended the NWKP & D meeting in Hill City on April 24th. They talked mainly about the housing project. Also, Ellis County would like to lower their dues because of the loss of several programs; but, the dues are controlled by population. Hagan said it was a short meeting with seven (7) members from Planning and Development and two (2) members representing PCDI.
Balthazor agreed the roads are rough and dusty, and that only mother-nature can help. Balthazor had attended the LEPC meeting held on Monday evening, April 29th. They discussed table top programs and the possibility of having a lockdown safety program at the courthouse. Balthazor had talked to Mr. Tucky Allen from Wichita about bringing personnel to Plainville to help with employment after some jobs have been lost recently. This is a program that Work Force One has compiled.
Ruder said he has also received many calls concerned about the dust pockets on the county roads.
A thank you was received from the Palco VIP’s for the support from the County Commissioners for their after-prom programs.
A call was made to Jeff Younger, with Secure Energy Consulting, Inc. about confirming the prices for the monthly natural gas volumes for the courthouse. The Commissioners confirmed the price of $3.35 for 50% for the winter of November 2020 through March 2021 and November 2021 through March 2022. A contract will be sent and signed by the County Clerk.
Ruder made a motion to review, approve, and sign the weekly/end-of-the-month vouchers and April Payroll. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
April 30, 2019 (Weekly)
VOUCHER EMPLE BEN GROSS PAY TOTAL
County General $108,361.63 $37,706.48 $127,632.51 $273,700.62
Road & Bridge $21,851.24 $73,792.43 $95,643.67
Noxious weed $84.31 $5,435.34 $5,519.65
Sheriff Equipment Reserve $6,941.00 $6,941.00
Health Department $1,927.82 $4,842.18 $27,744.83 $34,514.83
Sanitation $844.10 $8,162.60 $9,006.70
Rooks County Golf Course $1,323.00 $1,800.00 $3,123.00
Economic Develop Exp TR $2,872.90 $771.55 $4,351.72 $7,996.17
GRAND TOTAL $144,206.00 $43,320.21 $248,919.43 $436,445.64
April 30, 2019 (Monthly)
VOUCHER EMPLE BEN GROSS PAY TOTAL
County General $148,410.83 $37,706.48 $127,632.51 $313,749.82
Road & Bridge $80,223.08 $73,792.43 $154,015.51
Noxious Weed $21,940.16 $5,435.34 $27,375.50
CDC Equipment Reserve $640.00 $640.00
Sheriff Equipment Reserve $7,541.00 $7,541.00
Health Department $15,377.64 $4,842.18 $27,744.83 $47,964.65
Emergency Manage Equip $5,128.00 $5,128.00
Sanitation $11,470.61 $8,162.60 $19,633.21
Rooks County Golf Course $1,947.94 $1,800.00 $3,747.94
Economic Develop Exp TR $3,028.98 $771.55 $4,351.72 $8,152.25
Alcohol Program $79.40 $79.40
GRAND TOTAL $295,787.64 $43,320.21 $248,919.43 $588,027.28
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Adopted this 7th day of May, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk