July 2, 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, with the Plainville Times, were also present. The agenda was accepted.
The minutes from June 25th and June 29th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 25th as presented and the minutes from June 29th with a minor correction to be made. Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. After the minutes were corrected and printed the County Clerk found the error had not been corrected. Hagan penciled in the correction, and Ruder made a motion to sign the minutes. Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
In weekly Reports, Hagan reported about the large rain amounts, with the southwest part of the county getting the most. Hagan had received 4.80” at his residence. Several roads are washed completely out. P Road/5 Roads are particularly bad. His area received some hail as well. About one-third of the rock at the tubes on the Webster Lake low road has washed down river. The road is in pretty good shape. Hagan said a young local girl had wrecked her car at P/14 Road on Sunday. She had been through some wash-outs, and then hit some more which threw her car into a field.
Poore reported receiving 1.10” and lots of wind as well. Once again, harvest has been slowed. Poore had attended the Kansas Travel – Rooks County television show preview. Poore mentioned the sponsors including: Keller Motors, Farm Implement, Rooks County Health Center, and Economic Development.
Mark Lowry, with Heritage Insurance, was on the agenda to discuss health insurance. Lowry introduced Kirk Coleman, his new life and health agent. Lowry also introduced representatives from Kaw Valley Insurance, Inc. Derek Dick, Agent for Kaw Valley Insurance, Inc., discussed bundling a self-funded group with other entities within the county (hospital, cities, and schools). This has been working very well with the other counties that he has worked with. Corporate Plan Management from Topeka would be the main health insurance provider. The commissioners said they will continue to look for the best options for the county, and they are pleased and happy with Rooks County’s current plans.
Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, presented small fund vouchers for signature. Poore made a motion to sign the small fund vouchers. Ruder seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Northup said she has a taxpayer going through bankruptcy court with a 2010 oil royalty. The bankruptcy trustee had approved 4.5%. The county’s rate is 5%. The taxpayer is willing to work with the county to get this paid and asking for a lower penalty percentage. Ruder made a motion to approve letting this taxpayer work out the payments with the County Treasurer at 4.5%. Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported the JCB loader is coming back to the county today from Salina. Also, Foley Equipment had sent a mechanic out to look at a dozer. He measured the rollers and undercarriage. The engine is starting to use more oil, and the board discussed getting this machine factory a rebuilt. Bouchey will get more figures and details.
Bouchey talked about the storm damages on the roads south of Webster Lake and south of Stockton City. The flood gates at Webster Lake have been opened again. Bouchey had checked the tubes, and there is minimal debris within. Mrs. Conyac had called to see if there is anything the county can do to help with the flooding at her residence. Her residence is situated where a couple of streams flow. The county cannot help with this situation. The department is busy making rock from the various pits.
Palco City has asked the county road department to cut a large cottonwood tree near their elevator. Bouchey does not feel comfortable cutting trees in town near buildings. Also there is a large cottonwood falling on S Road between 22 & 23 Road that needs attention. And, Jerry Roy has requested the county work on some trees in the ditch that close his road in enough that he cannot get machinery through. Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, will be asked if he can spray these trees.
Tall Grass’ pipeline is in operation.
A thank you was received from Greg Conway for the work done at 22 & Z Road.
Ruder updated the newspapers as to the discussions about the golf course, the motion, and the vote from their meeting on Friday, June 29th.
An email was received from Julie Yarmer, with Freedom Claims Management, Inc., requesting to meet with the board for Rooks County’s six-month review. Ms. Yarmer’s appointment will be July 30th at 10:00 am.
The County Clerk’s Office had discovered a couple of errors in the legal descriptions on the tax sale and surplus sale deeds. These will need to be re-recorded at a cost of $110.00. The board approved this cost.
A check was received from the Secretary of the Interior in the amount of $19,460.00 for payment under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program compensates eligible local jurisdictions for Federal lands administered by Agencies within the Department and on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This money may be used for any governmental purpose, including emergency response, public schools and roads. Since local governments cannot tax Federal lands, annual PILT payments help to defray costs associated with maintaining important community services.
Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney, had presented through the County Clerk’s Office; a bill from the State of Kansas, Office of the Attorney General in the amount of $1,000.00. With payment of this bill, the Attorney General will prepare all briefs and all oral arguments of criminal appellate cases arising out of Rooks County, Kansas during the fiscal year 2019. Rooks County has an appeal case coming up and no guarantee there won’t be more. Poore made a motion to pay this bill of $1,000.00 to the Attorney General of the State of Kansas. Ruder seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
The Commissioners signed a notice and waiver to confirm the support of Rooks County for the Western Child Advocacy center. Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center will use this notice to help apply for JAG funding.
Poore made a motion to sign Resolution 2018-R6 for the Rural Opportunity Zone Student Loan Repayment Program (ROZ) as follows. Hagan seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
RESOLUTION NO. 2018 R 06
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ROOKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZING
PARTICIPATION IN RURAL OPPORTUNITY ZONE STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF ROOKS COUNTY, KANSAS
Section 1. Pursuant to K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 74-50,223, the Board of County Commissioners expressed its intent to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) student loan repayment program.
Section 2. Rooks County has been designated a Rural Opportunity Zone pursuant to K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 74-50,223.
Section 3. Rooks County Commissioners hereby obligate Rooks County to participate in the ROZ student loan repayment program as provided by K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 74-50,223 for a period of five years, which shall be irrevocable.
Section 4. Rooks County agrees to pay in equal shares with the State of Kansas the outstanding student loan balance of any resident individual for five years, if the resident individual meets the terms of qualification provided by the State of Kansas in K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 74-50,223, and the appropriate rules and regulations. The number of qualified resident individuals receiving such payments will be subject to the availability of funds.
Section 5. Rooks County intends to enter into partnerships with Employers for the direct sponsorship of Rural Opportunity Zone Applicants. Sponsored Applicants must meet all qualifications of the ROZ program. All sponsorships will be subject to ROZ student loan repayment rules and regulations.
Section 6. The maximum student loan balance for each qualified resident individual to be repaid jointly by Rooks County and the State of Kansas shall be $15,000 over a term of five years.
Section 7. Rooks County shall allocate $29,500.00 for the purpose of matching payments from the State of Kansas to qualified resident individuals. Rooks County shall revise it ROZ budget on an annual basis and shall inform the State of Kansas of any changes to the annual allocation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be published once in the official county newspaper and shall be in effect from and after its date of publication.
Adopted this 2nd day of July, 2018 by the Board of Rooks County Commissioners, Rooks County, Kansas.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
ROOKS COUNTY, KANSAS
John Ruder, Chairman
Larry Poore, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir (seal)
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County
A check was received from Township #4 for bond insurance in the amount of $134.54. Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit. Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Adopted this 9th day of July, 2018
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder Chairman
Larry Poore, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
ATTEST: Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk