July 16


July 16, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order and asked all to rise and say the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was accepted as presented.  The minutes from July 9th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Ruder made a motion to sign the July 9th minutes.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Commissioner Hagan reported he had just returned from his Alaskan trip.  He had not received any calls this week. 

Commissioner Balthazor said he had joined in on a conference call with Work Force One.  The discussion was about lost budget revenue.  Balthazor said he had been appointed to the “Youth Board”.  He will be receiving more information about this.

Balthazor had received a call about off-road vehicles destroying portions of the Plainville Lake.  Balthazor talked to the County Sheriff about this, and the Sheriff said he would put the Plainville Lake on the patrol route. 

Balthazor had been asked about the over-grown cattails at the Rooks County Golf Course.  Josh Holmes wants the County to know he has barley bales available to use to help curtail the cattails.  This information will be passed on to the golf course board.

Commissioner Ruder had not had a chance to call the representative from Jewell County with information about Red Bud Village, Rooks County’s Nursing Facility.  He plans to contact her this week.

Ruder reported there is a golf tournament slated for July 27th at the golf course.  This tournament will be sponsored by the Stockton Recreation Center.  Ruder informed the other Commissioners that the golf course had received the grant monies from Heartland Community Foundation – Dane G. Hansen Foundation for $6,000.00.  The board is looking to purchase a reel mower to use on the greens. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the Special Event Retailer’s Permit License for consumption of cereal malt beverages on the premises for the Stockton Recreation Center to use for their golf tournament.  Hagan seconded the motion with assurance that the recreation center has insurance.  Balthazor agreed. 

A notice was received regarding the proposed Kansas Water Pollution Control Permits for Agricultural and related Wastes and Authorization to Discharge under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for Mongeau Farms, FLP for a permit modification of an existing cattle facility.  The cattle facility is permitted for a maximum animal unit capacity of 2800 head (2800 animal units) of cattle weighing more than 700 pounds and 3200 head (1600 animal units) of cattle weighing 700 pounds of less.    The permit is being modified to reference the recently approved Nutrient Management Plan update.  There are no changes in the permitted animal unit capacity or to the facility.  The public notice for the Nutrient Management Plan Update is due to the acquisition/reallocation of acreage for liquid livestock waste disposal.  Only updated portions of the Nutrient Management Plan and permit are available for public comment.   The notice will be posted until August 17, 2019 for comments.

Rich Bouchey, Road and Bridge Supervisor, presented the monthly fuel bids, monthly fees reports for the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Department, and a Landfill check.  Ruder made a motion to sign the Landfill check in the amount of $15,934.00 for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Midland Marketing received the low bid for fuel in the amount of $11,484.00.  Other bids received were from: Farmers Union – $11,695.00 and Bosselman’s – $11,695.00.  Hagan made a motion to accept the June fee reports from both the Sanitation and the Road & Bridge Departments.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey said the tractor at Kan-Equip in Ellsworth is progressing.  They will clean and put in a head gasket.  Bouchey’s department is still rocking the same area as before.  They have moved the dozer from the Odle Pit to Cellmer’s Pit north of Plainville.  The re-claimer is still at the Casey Pit.  A crew is working at the church lots in Codell removing trees and tearing out an old culvert.  An undermined hole has been fixed on the road on J Road near the Swaney residence.  Bouchey said he is making plans to chip and seal in September and October, and the department will incorporate ground-up cement near the entrance at the Tallgrass facility at a later date.  

Balthazor asked if the drum on the re-claimer could be slowed down while the re-claimer is actually moving faster in order to create larger rock.  Bouchey said they have tried every plausible function that the re-claimer has, and it is set now on the slowest level.  At this point, the operator is driving the re-claimer backwards so that rock does not get crushed as much. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer; and Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, reported that Poore had talked to the lawyer at her hearing about unpaid taxes on an oil lease.  The lawyer, Mr. Montoya, plans to write a letter to the operator of the lease. 

Poore said she had lost her case with the State Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA).  This case involved eight counties with Mr. Montoya representing all. 

Northup requested purchasing new blinds for her office.  Roque Garcia, Courthouse Custodian, said he would help with the cost.  Garcia had asked the local vendor, Arnold’s, about prices.  Arnold’s no longer handles these blinds, and they recommended Rupp’s from Hays.  The cost would be approximately $300.00 – $500.00 per window to replace. The Board approved Northup’s request.

Northup also asked the Board about the motion made the week before abating penalty for an un-paid tax statement.  She thought that abating this penalty may set a precedence.  Ruder said the reasoning was because of using the postal mailings for the first time, and this tax payer said she had not received her statement. 

Mrs. Bernita Niblock was present.  She was concerned about the corner of Pine Street and 13 Road where the water is cutting the road very deeply.  Pine Street to 13 Road is a City street, within City limits.  The board said they would need to get together with the City and see if this can be taken care of. 

Hagan and Ruder discussed the Red Bud mower.  Hagan stated the price of the Grasshopper was too high.  Hagan asked about the voucher for the grasshopper with Balthazor saying he thought the mower was still being discussed.

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  Ruder signed the vouchers and then needed to leave for a funeral.

                July 16, 2019

County General                                                 70761-70785                       $21,657.16

Road & Bridge                                                   70786-70817                       $85,178.04

Road & Bridge Special Highway                       70818                                    $2,872.00

Health Department                                            70819-70823                       $14,535.81

Sanitation                                                          70824-70842                       $5,221.43

Rooks County Golf Course                               70843-70846                       $559.01

Economic Development Expandable TR            70847-70848                       $159.79

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                             $130,183.24

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

Adopted this 23rd day of July, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                             


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk