April 9


April 9, 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 to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  Ruder brought the meeting to order, and the agenda was approved. 

Service awards were awarded to the following employees: 

                Rick L. McLaughlin – 40 Years of Service – 01.02.1979 – 01.02.2019

                Elizabeth A. Hainke – 30 Years of Service – 05.15.1989 – 05.15.2019

                Michael M. Klein – 20 Years of Service – 03.25.1997 – 03.25.2017

                John J. Ruder – 10 Years of Service – 01.12.2009 – 01.12.2019

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, presented a print-out detailing the definition of a PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point).  The print-out also outlined questions and answers about 911 fees, and how 911 fees may be used.  In general, the use of 911 funds must have a direct relationship to the performance of 911 and emergency communications functions performed by PSAP personnel who receive, process and transmit 911 calls to emergency responders.  Knight will get this information to Plainville and Stockton cities to clear up their confusion about the fees.  Knight plans to attend the Stockton City Commission meeting on April 16th

Knight also informed the Commissioners about some of the building problems he is having at the jail.  There are two doors that need repaired.  The Law Company has looked at both and will need to get them repaired soon. 

Rosalee Sprick, Rooks County Register of Deeds, was present to let the Commissioners know that both hers and her deputy’s salaries are under the base pay others are getting.  Sprick said she would like to raise their salaries more than the 3% cost of living raise to even the salaries out some.  She will present the figures on her 2020 budget.

The Commissioners minutes were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of April 2nd with a couple of minor corrections.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of April 2nd.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.

In weekly reports, Hagan said the farmers in his area are out spraying where they can.  Most of the calls received were from residents asking when their roads would be repaired.  He will forward the concerns to Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  A thank you was received from a resident in the northwest corner of the county for the bridge work done recently.

Hagan said he had talked to several people about the county receiving dispatcher fees.  He had received positive feedback from constituents.  

Balthazor had also received positive feedback from the local people he had talked to about dispatch fees.  Balthazor had attended the Stockton City Commission meeting.  He felt their Commission is not on-board yet. 

Balthazor had also received a phone call thanking the equipment operator for some work done on G Road. 

Ruder said he will be attending the Red Bud Village meeting on Thursday.  Ruder also mentioned a prison crew will be working at the golf course on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a utility agreement between Rooks County and Bruce Krob dba Krob Trenching to bore a 3” salt water line on W Road between 8 & 9 Road.  Balthazor made a motion to approve and sign the utility agreement.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Bouchey presented a dividend check in the amount of $155.57 from Farmers Union Elevator.  Ruder made a motion to sign the dividend check in the amount of $155.57 for deposit.  Hagan seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey reported his department is working some culverts – one on R Road and one on 28 Road.  Bouchey had taken the low bid on the culvert bids from last week and is awaiting delivery.  Bouchey has decided to have the department lay sand down, and they are working on 5 Road between A & E Roads, 6 Road between D & E Roads, D Road between 6 & 8 Roads, A Road between 8 & 12 Roads; and starting on E Road today.  Bouchey said he has seen several powder pockets already, and the department is also working on some dirt roads.  Bouchey mentioned a land owner is taking out fence on 24 Road between D & E Roads, and he will take this opportunity to knock some of the banks down in that area. 

Bouchey, Hagan and Balthazor plan to go to the Northwest Kansas County Officials meeting on Wednesday, April 10th, and Bouchey is also hosting a meeting on Thursday. 

Bouchey said he had looked and R/1 Road west of Damar.  Rooks County maintains the roads to the intersection, and the rest is in Graham County. 

Equipment is holding up.  The bill for the JCB loader repairs was lower than Bouchey had anticipated.  Bouchey plans to look for a truck, as the old International is in bad shape. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, informed the Commissioners of the upcoming BOTA Hearings.  She will have one on June 27th with Ritchie Exploration, and one is scheduled on September 10th with Midland Marketing.  Mike Montoya will be representing the group of four counties at the hearing with Midland Marketing. 

Thank you cards were received from the following:

Options for a donation of $250.00 benefiting victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. 

Heartland Community Foundation for the gift for the Twice as Nice campaign.  A $5,000 gift was received from Rooks County Economic Development Office which was approved by that Board of Directors, and requested to be added to the Legacy Fund for Rooks County held within the Heartland Community Foundation.  The donation will receive a matching gift from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. 

Hagan made a motion to accept and approve the 2018 annual report from Township #3.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

A letter was received from Diane Smetana concerning the roads near her residence at 16/Y Road.

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, asked to have her name printed on the checks so that she does not have to personally sign every one.  Ruder made a motion to approve Northup having the computer vendor add her name on the printed checks so that she does not have to sign them any longer.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

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

April 9, 2019

County General                                                 70061-70081                       $15,640.77

Road & Bridge                                                   70082-70115                       $58,371.84

Noxious Weed                                                   70116-70121                       $20,958.73

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                              70122                                    $600.00

Health Department                                         70123-70128                          $6,644.43

Emergency management Equipment              70129                                     $5,128.00

Sanitation                                                       70130-70140                         $10,626.51

Rooks County Golf Course                            70141                                       $37.99

Alcohol Program                                             70142                                       $79.40

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                       $118,087.67


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

Adopted this 16th day of April, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                             


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk