February 19


February 19, 2018           

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.  After being informed Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, would be unable to attend; the agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of February 12th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of February 12th as presented.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes of February 12th.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan reported about the frigid, cold temperatures.  He had seen some graders out working the best they can under the circumstances.  He had received a few calls concerning roads and will pass the concerns onto the Road Supervisor.  Hagan also said he will remind the Road & Bridge Department about getting some red flags at the spots that are particularly bad on County roads. 

Balthazor said he had drove the road south of town that the County has worked on, and it did seem better.  Hagan had mentioned earlier that he had received a thank-you from the resident involved.  Balthazor had talked to some farmers that are pleased with the roads that they travel more often.  Balthazor plans to attend the Economic Development meeting later in the day.  Balthazor asked if the building at the Golf Course had been winterized.  Tracy Buss had winterized the building earlier last fall.

Ruder had been in contact with the group from Plainville that is raising funds to get the GoldStar Tribute Wall.  The project will cost approximately $8,000.00.  The County is willing to contribute and discussed Ruder suggested $2,000.00.  Hagan made a motion to contribute $1,500.00 to the GoldStar Tribute Wall Project to be paid out of the Federal Land Payments Fund.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.  Ruder will check to see who the check will be made out to.

Ruder mentioned he will be attending a “Twice As Nice” committee meeting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20th, and the “3/50” committee will gather afterwards as well at 7:00 pm. 

Ruder reported he had attended the Special Olympics Tournament held in Plainville last week.  The weather was terrible, keeping one team from western Kansas from attending, but there were several teams able to compete. 

Ruder had talked to Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  Bouchey was unable to attend the meeting due to sick children.  Hagan will meet Bouchey at his office to attend the Solid Waste meeting that will be held in Osborne Thursday.  Bouchey relayed news that the JCB loader is still in Wichita.  It will be needing a re-manufactured motor.  Also, the Western Star truck’s motor has two cold cylinders already after being repaired earlier.  It is back over to I-70 Truck in Hays for repairs. 

Hagan made a motion to approve the 2018 annual reports for both Township #9 and Township #11.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Funding requests from the three county schools for after-prom events were received.  Hagan made a motion to give each committee (SHS After-Prom Bash, Palco High School VIP’s & Plainville After-Prom) $250.00 each for their events.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

A recall notice was received on a 2016 RAM 4500 (a County ambulance).  This will be forwarded to Julie Cole, Rooks County EMS Director.

Information was received from the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC).  The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and WildEarth Guardians have issued a 60-day notice of intent to sue the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for failing to issue a 12-month finding on the groups’ previous petition to list the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as threatened or endangered under the provision of the Endangered Species ACT.  The KNRC bulletin contained links to additional information concerning the issue at hand, and any  actions KNRC has taken in regard to representing the interest of the member counties. 

The proposed agenda for the Rooks County Economic Development Commission was reviewed.  Discussions at the meeting will included the “Twice As Nice” request and some businesses’ updates.  The 2019 Rookstock will be held March 30th.

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, presented the bids received on a topper and vault for his new vehicle.  Hagan asked if both the topper and the vault were needed.  After the Commissioners went outside to view a pickup belonging to Russell County that had the equipment Post was asking for, the Commissioners were better informed and could see what Post was bidding.  Post was also looking at costs of lights and sirens.  A bid from JR Audio, from Holcombe, KS for lights and siren was approximately $4,800.00.  A bid from Advantage Glass Plus for a topper came to $6,563.00.  A bid from XIBIT Customs for a topper was $3,850.00.  The EM’s Tahoe will be sold on Purple Wave.  After discussing all options, Hagan made a motion to approve the purchase of a topper and vault and Lights & sirens keeping the cost at $10,000.00. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign a hand-check to Heritage Insurance for liability insurance for the 2007 minivan belonging to the GIS Department and full-coverage insurance for the 2013 Tahoe belonging to the EM Department in the amount of $1,232.00.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

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

                February 19, 2019

FUND                                                    WARRANT #’s                   AMOUNT

County General                                 69755-69775                       $10,358.85

CDC Equipment Reserve                    69776                                    $502.14

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                 69777                                    $1,365.00

Rooks County Golf Course                 69778                                    $160.46

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                 $12,386.45

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

Adopted this 26th day of February, 2019




John Ruder Chairman                                                                     ATTEST:


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Gregory Balthazor, Member                                                        Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk



Corky Hagan, Member