August 13


August 13, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were Commissioners: Chairman John Ruder and Member Larry Poore.  Corky Hagan was absent.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to take the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  The agenda was accepted. 

The minutes from August 6th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of August 6th with minor corrections.   Poore seconded the motion.  After the minutes were approved, Poore made a motion to sign the corrected minutes.  Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Poore said he had attended the Work Force One meeting that was held in Great Bend.  It was a long meeting as they reviewed their entire book and reviewed the audit as well. 

Poore reported he did not have any road concerns this week. 

Ruder discussed a visit he had with Fontella Fant, the Red Bud Nursing Home Administrator.  The incoming, new administrator will schedule her next test on Thursday.  Some Kan-Care issues were discussed as well. 

Betty Hrabe, GIS Director, presented the bids for new computers for her department.  She did not ask Mortenson’s for a bid, as all maintenance and inquiry questions would need to go to Mortensons through the ethanol plant in Phillipsburg.  Bids received were from Nex-Tech ($2,797.98) and CK Tech ($2,740.32).  Hrabe discussed each company’s mileage and labor rates.  Ruder made a motion to allow Hrabe to purchase the lower bid computer from CK Tech for $2,740.32.  Poore seconded the motion.

Hrabe also requested a parking space sign in the west courthouse parking lot.  This was approved.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, presented two vouchers over the $500.00 limit for approval – 1.  The valuation and personal property services book for approximately $644.00; and 2.  Door hangars including the shipping for approximately $558.00.  Poore made a motion to approve these vouchers for the Appraiser’s Office. 

Heather Poore also requested the Board decide whether to approve the merit pay-raise table she had presented previously.  The merits are based on completing education classes and courses.  Ruder made a motion to approve the merit-based table presented by the County Appraiser.  Poore seconded the motion.

Heather Poore was asked about spending most of her equipment fund monies.  She thanked the board for allowing her to do the updates to her office, and said she did not anticipate any more changes. 

Poore made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows:

                August 13, 2018

County General                                 68257-68318                       $19,109.14

Noxious Weed                                   68319-68327                       $19,512.65

Health Department                            68328-68332                       $435.43

Economic Develop Ex TR                  68333-68335                       $754.18

           GRAND TOTAL                                                                   $39,811.40

A telephone call was received from Commissioner Corky Hagan.  He had not received any calls about any issues in the last week.

A thank you was received from Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, Scott City, KS for giving them the opportunity to tell the board about the services provided for children in Rooks County and the Rooks County’s annual support. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the cost to rebuild the D6T Caterpillar.  The machine had already been taken to Concordia for repairs for a hydraulic oil leak.  Ruder made a motion to approve the quote from Foley Equipment to rebuild (a Certified Power Train rebuild – CPT) the D6T Caterpillar for the amount of $142,500.00.  Poore seconded this motion, and agreed. 

The Commissioners discussed a few roads, culverts and equipment issues.  Bouchey said they would be busy helping the Fair Board this week maintaining the track. 

Bouchey mentioned he had updated the nine-year-old computer in his secretary’s office.  The cost came to about $1,300.00.  He had also opted out of a printer lease program that had been costing the department $135.00 per month.  The printer will still be maintained as needed. 

The Commissioners along with the County Clerk reconvened at the Rooks County Fairgrounds for the annual tour.  The Board was met by Alan Dix, President; and Kelly Muir, Secretary, of the Fair Board.  Dix and Muir drove the Commissioners around and showed them all the recent updates made and discussed some projects that may be addressed in the future. 

John Mapes, with Mapes & Miller, CPA’s, was present for the County’s 2019 budget hearing.  At 11:45 am, Ruder opened the budget hearing for any questions or comments to the 2019 Rooks County Budget.  Those present, besides the Commissioners, Clerk and Mr. Mapes; were Kim Northup, County Treasurer; and Heather Poore, County Appraiser.  Mapes explained the County would be spending approximately $190,000.00 less as the mill levy had been reduced to 62.4 mills (7 mills down from the previous year).  As there were no questions or comments, Ruder closed the budget hearing. 

Ruder made a motion to accept the 2019 budget Poore Ag

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

Adopted this 20th day of August, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                                                                                                                              _______________________________________

Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk