July 16


July 16, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were Commissioners: Chairman John Ruder and Members Larry Poore and Corky Hagan.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel; and Candace Rachel and Kyle Hull, with the Plainville Times, were also present.  The agenda was accepted with the addition of Betty Hrabe.

Marvin Keller, with the City of Palco, was present to ask about Palco City obtaining some lots the County owns and Palco City is maintaining.  The city has been mowing these lots for several years; but, now the city is requiring detailed time and fuel usage.  Marvin Keller asked if the city could buy these lots.  Also, Keller would like to buy one of the lots that joins his property.   Hagan made a motion to sell two parcels to Palco City for $1.00 per lot.  The legal descriptions are:

  • Lots, 1, 2 & 3, Block 33
  • Lot 10, Block 16

Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

The Commissioners will wait to see what needs to be done legally before offering the other lots to Marvin Keller.  (N2 Lot 11 and All Lot 12, Block 33)

Betty Hrabe, GIS Coordinator, was present to let the Commissioners know that she has been informed the mapping program she is currently using will be defunct.  The ESRI software programers are introducing a whole new program which will take more computer power than she has at this time.  Hrabe said they are very unsure about the timing of when the new program will go live.  She will need to take classes that will be held out-of-state and will be more expensive.  At this time, Hrabe is taking some webinar classes.  The board told her to put some figures together so that the board will be prepared in the future. 

The minutes from July 9th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of July 9th as presented.   Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes as corrected.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan said he had driven by the tubes on the low road east of the Webster Lake Dam.  The tubes are holding.  The flood gates have been shut just recently, and the irrigation gates are open again.  The Palco area had received more rains.  Hagan has not seen any road damage.

Hagan had received a call from a Cemetery District Director.  Marjorie Beckman claimed the Cemetery District owns a mower that is in storage somewhere.  Ruder said he would check this out.

Poore had not heard of any road damages.  With the recent rains, the dust pockets have been packed back down.

Ruder said he had met with the roof contractor that is working at Red Bud Village.  The contractor said as he is working, he is tearing away insulation.  The building will need more insulation at a little more cost.  It was approved for the contractor to add more insulation as he is repairing the roof.

A letter was received from the State of Kansas, Division of Property Valuation reporting that the County Appraiser has met the statistical performance standards established for both the commercial/industrial and residential classes of property.  These include the overall level of appraisal (measured by the median ratio) and uniformity within each property class. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the fuel bids for July.  Midland Marketing received the low bid of $19,434.00.   Bids were received as follows:

                Midland Marketing – $19,434.00

                Farmers Union – $19,690.50

                Bossleman’s – $19,732.50


Bouchey reported the department had edged with millings on the asphalt highway south of Palco as well as the Damar blacktop.  The belly dump truck is at the Odle Pit on 16 Road.  The crew will lightly rock 8 Road to B Road on 16 Road.  Some material has been put down on 28 Road; the water truck may be needed there.  The bridge crew is working on getting debris out of the low water bridge on Bow Creek near the Graham County line.  Bridge 1 needs repairs of the cavities on the back wall.  The JCB Loader is in the Green Pit grinding rock.  Bouchey has plans to work on R/1 Road (Graham County Line), and is working on 4/DD Road and E Road between 10-11 Roads.  All crew members are out mowing and blading. 

A dozer will need to be rented while one of the county’s is down.  One loader is in the shop with repairs needed on the steel lines from the pump to the injector. 

Hagan reported N Road is now open from 8 Road west.  Some lumber on the road will need to be cleaned up from the recent flooding.

Poore made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows:

                June 16, 2018

County General                                 68032-68050                                       $6,228.01

Health Department                            68051-68067                                       $17,286.44

Economic Develop Expand TR         68068-68069                                        $155.50

GRAND TOTAL                                                                                              $23,669.95

John Mapes, the CPA with Mapes & Miller, was present to go over budget figures for the 2019 budget.  Some options were discussed as to how to keep the county levy and taxes lower this year.  Mapes informed the Board how the golf course would be budgeted by creating a fund.  After all budgeted funds were gone over, Mapes will send a revised budget for review.  The County’s budget hearing was set for August 13, 2018 at 11:45 am. 

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

Adopted this 23rd day of July, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                    


Corky Hagan, Member  


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk