August 20


August 20, 2018

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

Two sets of commissioner minutes were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of August 13th with minor corrections; and the minutes from the special canvassing meeting of August 17th as presented.   Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were approved, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes from August 13th and the minutes from August 17th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Poore agreed.    

In weekly reports, Hagan reported a very quiet week.  Poore said his area had received some rain, and he had forwarded a few road concerns on to Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor. 

Poore thought the County fair had been well attended and the 4-H livestock sale went well.

Ruder had information concerning the water softener at Red Bud Village which had gone out.  The old water softener had been installed in 2008.  A bid was received from Culligan Water Conditioning in Stockton in the amount of $11,775.00 including all installation, plumbing and freight.  Ruder made a motion to accept the bid from Culligan for the amount of $11,775.00.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Julie Cole, Rooks County Ambulance Director, presented their quarterly report.  Cole said they are trying to establish an EMT class for 2019.  Poore asked if the ambulance located in Palco had been moved.  This ambulance is no longer licensed, and the organization is trying to find a place to store the ambulance.  The State will need to be contacted to see about the storing of this ambulance. 

Cole discussed the possibility of changing their name (Stockton Ambulance & Plainville EMS) and extending the length of the contract.  The name change would keep the two entities under one name.   This request will need to be sent to the State.  Cole would like this done by October 1st.  The name change would save money as to licensing, insurance, and ID numbers.  The Commissioners would approve of these changes when approved by the State.

The Board had received copies of the updated Rooks County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to review.  Butch Post, Emergency Management Director, had asked the commissioners to write down any ideas or changes that may need to be done. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, was present for his weekly report.  The Commissioners asked Bouchey about using equipment for emergencies as they were looking at the County’s EOP.  Bouchey did not like the idea of saying all equipment would be available.  He would like the plan to say that he would decide what and when the equipment could be used on a “needs” basis. 

Bouchey mentioned an engine had blown up in the #35 dump truck.  It has been taken to I-70 Truck Repair, and he will wait to see what the mechanics there find out. 

Bouchey said fair week had gone well.  The moisture was great.  There are several dirt roads that need attention before the fall harvest. 

Bouchey requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel/job performance.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for five minutes for the purpose of non-elected personnel between 9:45 am and 9:50 am.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Those present in the executive session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore, and Corky Hagan and Road Supervisor, Rich Bouchey.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Jerry Michaud, with Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, was present and thanked the board for their letter of support for the tax credits.  Michaud presented the annual report for DSNWK. 

A phone call was made to Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator.  The discussion was regarding the state’s mileage rate versus the county’s mileage rate.  Eichman is the administrator over five other counties with the MCH Grant.  The other counties are paid with grant monies, and are wondering why they are not paid the state mileage rate.  The board approved Eichman paying the MCH Grant monies to these counties with the higher state mileage rate of $.54. 

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

July 20, 2018

County General                                68336-68348                       $11,795.51

Road & Bridge                                   68349-6383                         $62,181.79

Noxious Weed                                   68384                                    $37.92

R&B Special Hwy Imp                        68385                                    $13,268.80

Health Department                            68386-68388                       $751.61

Rooks County Nursing Facility         68389                                    $57.00

Sanitation                                         68390-68397                       $3,790.39

          GRAND TOTAL                                                                   $91,883.02

An invitation was received from Decatur County to the fall meeting for County Commissioners and Road & Bridge Supervisors.  Members of the Kansas State Legislature and Kansas Department of Transportation Highway Officials would be in attendance along with Randall Allen, the KAC Executive Director, and Norm Bowers, Local Roads Engineer.  The Rooks County Commissioners would not be able to attend due to other commitments. 

Poore reported he would be attending the Economic Development meeting later that evening.

The commissioners discussed meeting dates for the end of the month along with the upcoming holiday.  The decision is to have their regular meeting on Monday, August 27th and the special meeting on Friday, August 31st for payroll.  There will not be a meeting the week of September 3rd due to the holiday.  The newspapers will be notified.   

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

Adopted this 27th day of August, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                   


Larry Poore, Member                                                                                                                                                                                  


Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk