April 9


April 9, 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.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, recommended Sierra Brown for a merit raise following a tier system she has proposed.  Ruder made a motion to allow Sierra Brown to move to Tier 1 with a base pay of $10.80.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

Heather Poore requested going to a 201 Land Class in Tennessee.  The Kansas class has been cancelled due to low participation.  The Tennessee class will not cost any more as Heather Poore has a scholarship to help pay the costs of travel and expenses.  This was approved. 

The commissioners reviewed the minutes from April 2nd.   Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes from April 2nd 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 2nd.  Poore seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.

Hagan gave his weekly report.  He had received a call from Neil Brown stating the grader man in Brown’s area had graded into his fence breaking some wires and leaving dirt piled on the fence.  Brown will fix the fence, but would like the County to help with the dirt work.  Hagan had also received calls concerning CC Road and the area around the Hance residence that has been discussed previously.  Poore said he had received calls of people concerned about the proposed project at the intersection of X & 28 Roads. 

Ruder reminded the board of a meeting with Stockton and Plainville City personnel on Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 pm concerning the golf course. 

Ruder made a motion to accept and endorse two insurance bond checks from Township #6 for both the 2017 and the 2018 year.  The 2017 insurance bond check was in the amount of $60.47.  The 2018 insurance bond check was in the amount of $35.78.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

Poore made a motion to approve the 2017 annual report received from Township #6.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the March fee reports for both the Landfill and the Road and Bridge Department.  Poore made a motion to accept both the Landfill and the Road and Bridge Department’s March fee reports.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to accept a Landfill check for deposit in the amount of $11,257.10.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.

Bouchey said the department is wrapping up on the low dam road at Webster Lake, and they are satisfied with the outcome.  They plan to move to the intersection at X and 28 Roads.  Poore mentioned the call he had received concerned about this project.  Poore did not think there was a need to elevate the road, and thought that maybe a larger tube would be sufficient to help with the drainage.  Bouchey said he plans to meet with the landowners involved to listen to their expectations.  This project has been an on-going problem because of the drainage from different directions.  The board mentioned the low-road project by the Hance residence needs done soon as well.  Poore asked getting several roads graded:  M, O P & 26 Roads.

The problem mentioned earlier with Neil Brown’s fence was brought up.  Bouchey will call Brown and take care of the problem.  Also, Bouchey was informed about the call regarding CC Road west from Highway 183 and the road by Neil Brown that is heavily travelled by oil trucks.  The board asked if there was any way to re-route the trucks; or, at least, get them to slow down.  Bouchey said he would talk with a representative from Tall Grass. 

In closing, Bouchey said all equipment is running and in-county at this time; and, he has been asked if some of his department can help move furniture in the courthouse later this month. 

The Commissioners took a short break to view the new updates being done in the court room. 

Roque Garcia, Custodian, requested purchasing new carpet for the Appraiser’s Office when the remodel with their new desks start.  Garcia had received a quote from Arnold’s Furniture for $1,283.00.  Ruder made a motion to allow Garcia to purchase the carpet for the Appraiser’s Office.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

Garcia mentioned the expenses for the renovations being done in the courtroom are staying within their proposed budget. 

The board reviewed the first quarter budget reports for all funds. 

Ruder mentioned a Plainville ambulance is in need of repairs.  The problem is similar to what a Stockton ambulance has had done recently; but not as extensive. 

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

April 9, 2018

County General                                67289-67327                       $25,982.22

Noxious Weed                                  67328-67332                       $27,783.97

CDC Equipment Reserve                 67333                                   $708.60

Health Department                           67334-67339                       $947.75

Alcohol Program                               67340                                  $313.13

CKLS                                               67341                                   $3,585.49

          GRAND TOTAL                                                                   $59,321.16

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

Adopted this 16th day of April, 2018



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                    


Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST: Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk