February 26, 2019
The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session. Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor. Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, and Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, were also present. The agenda was approved as presented.
Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, was present to get his Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report signed. The report is due to the State by March 15th. Ruder made a motion to sign the Annual Report. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Klein stated his department would start spraying the fairgrounds, golf course, etc. within the next few months. Klein plans to install a solid mount radio in the department’s vehicle for emergencies.
Klein requested using the County’s credit card for the week of March 25th – March 29th. His employee will be attending a ‘Basic Short Course’ training. This was approved.
The minutes from the February 19th meeting were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a few minor changes. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of February 19th. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.
In weekly reports, Hagan said he had a quiet, cold week receiving 8-10” of snow. The section-men were out running on Sunday morning. Hagan reported about the Commissioner’s activities during the week. The Commissioners were present at the Rooks County Health Center installation of the Drug Drop Box ceremony. On the same day, a town hall meeting was held with US Senator Jerry Moran at the Health Department’s meeting room. Several people attended this Town Hall Meeting.
Hagan had attended the solid waste meeting with Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor. Seven out of eighteen counties were represented. It was decided that every county will go on their own as far as reporting to the State. Rooks County is in compliance with the State regulations with the 5-year plan set and a 5-member board appointed.
Balthazor said he had attended the Economic Development meeting. The Rooks County Spring Livestock Show is scheduled for May 26th. The Economic Development Board has donated $5,000.00 to the “Twice-as-Nice’ Program, and the Hansen Foundation is holding a forum in Hays on March 5th.
Balthazor had asked about snow removal at the airport, and what the policy is for this. A local bank had requested the airport to be cleaned by Monday morning after the snow storm. The County Road Department will do the work, but the Supervisor will put the County roads as a priority first. It is the Commissioner’s understanding that the Airport Commission is working on getting some equipment that will do the snow removal.
Ruder said that he understood the medicine drop-off box will only be open when the clinic is open. Ruder discussed some of the issues talked about with US Senator Moran. In particular, the veteran’s program that allows veterans to go to any hospital for treatments; instead of the Veterans Association telling them which hospital or clinic they can use, which is normally at one of the larger cities in the eastern part of the State.
Ruder also mentioned receiving compliments about the section-men and their graders working on Sunday after the snow storm. Hagan said that residents of Zurich City were pleased with the grader work, except they would like the street worked around by the elevator street as well.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, brought in his lap-top computer to show the Commissioners a piece of equipment for sale on “Big Iron Auctions”. Bouchey would like to bid on the chip spreader to see if it can be bought for parts to use on the County’s chip spreader. It was approved for Bouchey to bid up to $1,000.00 on the equipment.
Bouchey asked about getting rid of the household hazardous waste. Currently, Rooks County has a contract with Osborne County for e-waste. Bouchey requested cutting a check in the amount of $500.00 to Osborne County for the HHW (household hazardous waste). Ruder made a motion to allow Bouchey to write a check for $500.00 to Osborne County for household hazardous waste disposal. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Ruder made a motion to sign the landfill checks for cash and charges in the amount of $10,469.70. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Hagan made a motion to accept the January fee reports from both the Road & Bridge and the Landfill Departments. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.
Fuel bids were received as follows:
Midland Marketing – $13,334.50
Farmers Union – $13,380.00
Bosselman’s – $13,345.00
The low bid from Midland Marketing was accepted.
Bouchey reported the Construction and Demolition Inspection was held February 21st at the landfill. The inspection came out good.
The loader that is in Wichita is awaiting a final inspection. It should be done soon. There has been no news recently about the Western Star truck at I70 Truck Repair in Hays.
Bouchey mentioned that all the section-men and their graders were out on Sunday after the snow storm. Supervisors were on the go and very busy keeping everything running in the frigid weather. Several blades were busted, and Bouchey planned to meet a salesman later in the day to ask about quality control on the blades. The department is back to hauling rock today after the snow clean-up.
The Commissioners thanked Bouchey for working the airport runway.
Roque Garcia, Courthouse Custodian, presented a billing from Younger Electric for the re-wiring of the generator in the courthouse in the amount of $1,364.92. The bill ended up being almost half of what was bid. Ruder made a motion to approve the payment of the bill to Younger Electric for $1,364.92. Hagan seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Garcia reported that the he had talked to personnel from Mid Continental, and they planned to draw up a proposal for the courthouse stone maintenance and email it to Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, for review.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, was present to report a sprinkler head in the foyer of the jail and blown out from freezing. His staff had been very busy cleaning up water most of the morning. Knight had call HMN Architects, Glassman’s, The Law Company, and Pryor Sprinkler Systems to get this repaired soon. Mark Lowry, from Heritage Insurance, was informed as well.
Knight said he would also be getting bids for radiant heaters for the sally port.
After doing some research, it was noted that the Commissioners had given $300.00 instead of $250.00 to the after-prom committees in the County the previous year. Hagan made a motion to amend the motion he made the previous week: to give each committee (SHS After-Prom Bash, Palco High School VIP’s & Plainville After-Prom) $250.00 each for their events; amended as $300.00 to each committee. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
The Commissioners received notice that the NWKS County Officials Meeting will be held April 10, 2019 in Colby at the Colby Community College. The Commissioners plan to attend.
Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, reported she has sent out the County Valuation Notices. She will plan hearings beginning the 4th of March. Poore said agriculture values are up again; residential housing and vacant lots have remained consistent, as well as the oil and gas. Commercial properties were raised the normal percentage. Poore explained the 8-year averages used for agriculture and the process of determining how valuations are set.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Adopted this 5th day of March, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder Chairman ATTEST:
Gregory Balthazor, Member Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk
Corky Hagan, Member