February 12


February 12, 2019

The Rooks County Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were: Commissioners John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel was also present.  The agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners held a ceremony to honor E1 Dalton Sander of the United States Marines for his service.  A flag was flown at the Rooks County Courthouse on February 8, 2019, and the Commissioners presented this flag and a certificate to Mr. Sander in appreciation of his service to the country.  Those attending the ceremony were Dalton Sander’s family: his father, Brian Sander; and his grandparents, Judy and Freeman Sander.  E1 Dalton Sander is stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, was present to discuss insurances.  He had visited with Mark Lowry, with Heritage Insurance about liability and policy insurance savings.  Knight is registered with Lexipol Law Enforcement Services through the County’s EMC Insurance.  He will be able to receive training and policy content through them. 

Knight reported he has received some good applications for the open jailer position.  He will be holding interviews next week.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of February 5th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of February 5th with a few minor changes.  Hagan seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of February 5th.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan mentioned a few road concerns.  He had received a thank you from the individual wanting help with a road south of Stockton.  He had talked to individuals that would like more red flags placed at certain bad spots on the roads. 

Balthazor said he had a report of a road concern with 17 Road/R Road which has very large ruts.  Balthazor has heard from both NWKS Juvenile Services and Work Force One about upcoming meetings.

Ruder had talked to the hospital personnel about the box for old medicines.  Ruder made a motion to appropriate $800.00 to this project to be paid out of the Alcohol Fund.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  The hospital would like the Commissioners to be present when the box is installed. 

Ruder discussed the “Twice As Nice” program which is a part of the Heartland Foundation.  Their annual support campaign is being held now.  In previous years the Economic Development Fund has contributed.  This will be discussed at a later date. Ruder mentioned the “3/50 Program” that was started through Strategic Doing works with these programs as well.

A group from Plainville is working to get the GoldStars Tribute Wall in Plainville.  The Commissioners have pledged support for this project (Tribute to America’s Fallen Foundation and GoldStars Tribute Wall), and will wait until further plans have been made. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, asked for clarification concerning the official newspapers and large publications that can be bid between the two local newspapers.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion that bids can be asked for on publications that need to be published more than one time by statute.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.

Ruder made a motion to sign the cereal malt beverage licenses for Webster Bait and Tackle.  The two licenses for ‘sale in original and unopened containers and not for consumption on premises’ and ‘for consumption on the premises’ will be available on Friday, February 14th after the 10-day waiting period.  Hagan seconded the motion and Balthazor agreed. 

Hagan made a motion to accept the 2018 annual report from Township #10.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.

The High Plains Mental Health minutes were reviewed.

Ruder made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report dated January 31, 2019.  Hagan seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Courthouse Custodian, let the commissioners know that Mid Continental, a restoration vendor, will be looking at the courthouse on Wednesday, the 13th.  The numbers and papers with estimates will be presented to the commissioners at a later date. 

The Commissioners thanked Garcia for helping with the flag ceremony held earlier.

Ruder made a motion to remove Harvey Ruder from the County Surveyor listing.  The County Clerk’s Office has been unable to contact Harvey Ruder concerning his appointment.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

The Commissioners reviewed bids received from Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, for the pickup topper and vault for his new vehicle. 

In regards to the vouchers that were not approved the previous week to Heritage Insurance for vehicle insurances on the GIS’ 2007 mini-van and the Emergency Preparedness’ 2013 Tahoe, the commissioners decided to pay for liability only on the 2007 mini-van.  The insurance on the 2013 Tahoe will be approved as they were looking at this for comparisons. 

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

                February 12, 2019

County General                                                 69657-69692                       $77,110.61

Road & Bridge                                                   69693-69717                       $88,581.26

Noxious Weed                                                   69718-69724                       $6,270.27

Health Department                                         69725-69743                       $18,369.81

Sanitation                                                         69744-69750                       $3,363.97

Rooks County Golf Course                            69751-69752                         $237.54

Economic Develop Expandable TR             69753-69754                            $158.48

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                                   $194,091.94

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

Adopted this 19th day of February, 2019



John Ruder Chairman                                                                     ATTEST:


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Gregory Balthazor, Member                                                        Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk



Corky Hagan, Member