August 6


AUGUST 6, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and the agenda was approved noting that the Road & Bridge Supervisor would not be present for his weekly report.  The minutes from July 30th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of July 30 with a few minor corrections.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were signed, Hagan made a motion to sign the July 30th minutes as corrected.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Stephanie Hart was present representing her neighbors and families living on 16 Road north of Highway 18.  They would like this road rocked for at least three miles north of Highway 18 to U Road.  Hart said eight people travel this road to and from work often, and asked if this in on a plan to be rocked.  The Board said, that, yes; this road is on the plan to be rocked.  The Commissioners will talk to Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, to see if this can be moved up and taken care of soon.

Gary Knight, Sheriff, requested an executive session for non-elected personnel.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of non-elected personnel – County safety for fifteen minutes between 9:05 and 9:20 am.  Knight requested to have the County Clerk stay for the session for information.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; and Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, were also present.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, was present to inform the Board that the oil and gas attorney, Mike Montoya had sent letters to the operators of the oil lease that she is trying to get paid.  Montoya has asked Northup to get the opinion of the Board concerning the penalty interests and whether they may be negotiable.  The Board thought that getting the taxes paid at this point would be necessary, and that the penalties could be negotiated. 

Northup also reported that she had looked into some solar blinds for the windows in her office and really like them.  She asked for approval to go ahead and order blinds for the office through Rupp’s Blinds from Ellis, KS.  Ruder made a motion to approve the purchase of solar blinds for the Treasurer’s Office from Rupp’s Blinds.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

In weekly reports, the Commissioner’s all reported a quiet week.  All had received calls or talked to tax payers about the powdery, dusty roads, and the need for a great rain.  An email had been received from

Brad Roseberry, with the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks saying there is no national truck size or weight increase included in the legislative bill.  CABT will continue to work on the negative impacts bigger trucks would have on the community. 

In discussions with the Palco City Mayor and Julie Cole, Rooks County EMT Director; it was decided to let the ambulance that is currently being stored in Palco City stay put for a while longer.  Cole is trying to get first responders qualified to go into homes and get vitals before the EMT’s arrive.  A few of the Palco EMT’s need their classifications renewed.  Also, there is an EMT training class scheduled for January.  At this time, Cole has no interest in moving the ambulance stored in Palco as it has not been certified. 

Ruder had talked to personnel at Red Bud Village, and they have not been able to hire a maintenance person yet. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, asked if the County would be getting any more millings from the highway project.  Knight would like more millings laid around the jail. 

The Commissioners had been approached about commercial zoning and planning within Plainville City.  The County has no jurisdiction for commercial planning or zoning within any of the cities.  The cities have their own zoning regulations. 

The Commissioners received the June 2019 Micro Loan Report and the Rooks County Business Development Fund received from the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission.  This was reviewed.  Also, NWKS Planning and Development has helped supplement a housing operating cost (no construction, just salaries and office costs) for over nineteen (19) years.  The Northwest Kansas Housing, Inc. is a separate 501c3 non-profit organization from NWKSP & D.  The NW Kansas Housing will be trying to sell some of the properties over the northwest area. 

Mark Lowry, with Heritage Insurance Group, Inc., presented the estimated premium for the $1,000.000 special event liability policy for the 2019 Rooks County Free Fair.  The premium comes to $2,837.00.  The policy is a standard special event policy with exclusions for the motorized racing and carnival.  These activities will need to provide their certificates of coverage to the fair board.  Ruder made a motion to approve and sign the special event insurance policy for the Rooks County Free Fair.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.   

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, let the Board know that the Glassman contract is not ready yet, but Glassman personnel plan to present the contract at next week’s meeting.  The FAS Fire Alarm Specialists are wanting to test the smoke detectors, and they will be presenting a contract for this.  Ruder made a motion to approve the annual inspection from the Fire Alarm Specialists for the smoke alarms.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Garcia said there is an issue with the lights on the Memorial Wall.  The box that holds the electrical equipment has badly deteriorated.  Currently, there are three lights that run very hot and seem to be pointed/turned in the wrong direction.  Garcia has found a light set kit with an expandable view feature that runs with LED lighting and will run quite a bit cooler.  Hagan made a motion to fix the electrical box, and purchase the new lighting for the Memorial Wall.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

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

                August 6, 2019

County General                                                               70931-70941                       $30289.93

Road & Bridge Special Equipment Fund                         70942                                   $50,000.00

Health Department                                                          70943-70949                         $1,338.22

Commissioner Equipment Fund                                      70950                                    $88,835.00

Rooks County Golf Course                                            70951                                          $38.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                                          $170,501.15

The Commissioners have planned a tour of the Rooks County Free Fair grounds next week at 10:00 am. 

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

Adopted this 13th day of August, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                        


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk