December 17


DECEMBER 17, 2018

The Rooks County Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Larry Poore, and Corky Hagan.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, and Greg Balthazor, Commissioner Elect, were also present.  The agenda was approved as presented. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from December 10th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.

Hagan reported a very quiet week, receiving no phone calls concerning the roads.  Poore said he had had a quiet week as well.  Poore had attended the Juvenile Justice and Community Corrections meeting the previous week.  He reported their funding is secure.  Juvenile Justice’s case load has waned, while Community Correction’s case load has grown.  The Oxford House, located in Hays, is working out well.  The group talked about expanding this program more into NW Kansas. 

The Juvenile Justice office, located in Rooks County’s Courthouse, will be vacated at the first of the year.  The local employee that was hired is moving to NE Kansas.  Juvenile Justice will be filling the position, but they will not be stationed here – probably in Western Kansas. 

Ruder drove the road by Marion Conyac’s Bed & Breakfast.  He thought the Board was correct in saying there is nothing the County can do to deter the running water around this road.  There are streams running on both sides of the road. 

Ruder and Poore had both attended the Vision Leadership Graduation and the E-Community meeting held the week before.  Poore was presented with a plaque for being on the Economic Development Board for eight (8) years.  The Cardinal Drive-In had catered the meal, and the event was funded by the Economic Development Board and the Plainville Foundation. 

Roque Garcia, Custodian, presented a bill from Lawson Products for supplies to be approved that was over $500.00.  This was approved. 

Garcia also presented the annual service contract for the elevator with Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation in the amount of $2,948.86. Ruder made a motion to approve the Gold Contract for the elevator service in the amount of $2,948.86.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

The Commissioners commended Garcia on the Christmas decorations for the Courthouse.  They look fabulous. 

Ruder discussed appropriating monies to the airport.  The airport is moving forward with a maintenance building and snow removal.  A voucher was made for $10,000.00 to the Rooks County Airport for appropriations.  This was approved. 

The Commissioners received a billing from Rempe’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, LLC in the amount of $456.00 for repairs done on the Codell water well.  This is work that was done in August after Rempe’s received a call from the rural water district.  An estimate was attached as well in the amount of $2,565.04 listing all parts, material, and labor needed to get the well going again.  The County Clerk called Rempe’s; and, as far as they know, the well is not working at this time. 

A letter was received from the Plainville-After-Prom group requesting support for their After Prom celebration.  This will be held until closer to the date. 

A thank you card was received from the Custodial Department thanking the Commissioners for the Christmas gift card.

The amount of money employees pay out of their paychecks for a lower co-pay for the health insurance was discussed.  It was approved to adjust the amounts to even numbers and still keep the amount to at least 5% of the premiums.  The following amounts were approved for the 2019 year.

                Deductions per month for Option 1 ($750 per person/$1500 per family shared payment)

                                Employee                            $35.00

                                Employee/Children         $75.00

                                Employee Spouse            $76.00

                                Employee/Dependents $115.00

At 10:00 am the Notice of Hearing on Amending the 2018 Budget was scheduled.  Ruder opened the hearing.  Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore, and Corky Hagan.  Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director; Greg Balthazor and Virgi Laska and the County Clerk were all present as well.  The County Wide Economic Development Expandable Trust Fund was amended to $255,000, and the Rooks County Golf Course Fund was amended to $145,000.  Hrabe explained the funds were amended because of the transfer of monies to purchase the golf course.  With no further comments made, Ruder closed the hearing.  Ruder then made a motion to sign the Certificate Page of the amended budgets.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a listing of Landfill holidays for 2019. 

Bouchey updated the Commissioners about the Western Star heavy hauler truck at I-70.  I-70 is waiting on parts to come from overseas, so it may be awhile before it gets fixed.  The JCB Loader is still waiting on a part, as well.  Bouchey has taken the Kenworth semi-truck to I-70 too.  This truck has a glitch in the computer.

Bouchey has written a letter to the State to request amending his policy at the Landfill concerning the wind.  He has not heard back from them.

Bouchey discussed a few road concerns with the Commissioners.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, was present to discuss a Disaster Relief abatement.  A business in Damar had burned down in July.  The property owner was asking for an abatement due to the Disaster Relief.  The Disaster Relief Program is for residential homesteads only, therefore, this abatement was not approved.  

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

                December 17, 208

County General                                                 692471-69285                                     $45,591.75

Noxious Weed                                                   69286                                                    $129.88

District Court Clerk Equipment Reserve  69287                                                    $400.00

Health Department                                         69288-69302                                       $3,468.48

Rooks County Golf Course                            69303-69304                                       $92.65

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                                                   $49,682.76

A check was received from Palco City in the amount of $20.00 for the vacant lots purchased through surplus property.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  A deed will be made to finalize the transaction.

Ruder reminded the Board that their next meeting will be December 31st, as the County will be shut down for Christmas the following week.  With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

 Adopted this 31st day of December, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                     ATTEST:

_______________________________________                ________________________________

Larry Poore, Member                                                                     Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk


Corky Hagan, Member