July 23


July 23, 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 July 16th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of July 16th with a minor clarification.   Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes as corrected.  Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Shayn Balthazor and Greg Balthazor were present to present the board with a petition of 250 signatures to call a public vote on the purchase of the Rooks County Golf Course.  Shayn Balthazor said the persons signing were not necessarily against the purchase of the golf course, but they wanted a vote or say as to whether the county should purchase the property.  The Balthazar’s both asked questions about the equipment at the course, the sewer, and if there may be any unexpected expenses.  Ruder explained about how dues would be collected from members that would pay for expenses and equipment.  Some people who have looked at the sewer believe it just needs cleaned out.  The Commissioners believe that the county can break even with the expenses and income. 

Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, reported that his full-time employee, Tim Johnston, has taken a different job and his last day is July 24th.  He would like to hire a man from Bogue, KS for a short period to finish up the summer spraying.  The man he has in mind had worked for Graham County’s Noxious Weed Department previously, but would be able to work only about thirty days because of his commitment with the school.  The board agreed to let Klein hire a part-time person for the remainder of the summer. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, let the commissioner’s know that he had received a check in the amount of $4,292.00 from the white goods/scrap metal bid received earlier.  The board and Bouchey discussed several needed road repairs.  A complaint from Chad McClurg in the far northwest part of the county had been received.  The crew had been there to fix this.  Also the bridge crew had flushed the bridge on Bow Creek, and the low-water tubes beneath Webster Dam continue to look good.  Bouchey mentioned he has three different culverts that he needs to call ‘dig-safe’ on before doing any work. 

Hagan mentioned a few roads that needs work: 7 Road between Q & R Roads; and R Road from 6 Road south. 

The re-claimer equipment is in the county shop getting the air conditioner and other small fixes done.  The fuel line in the Doosan loader is fixed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan reported a very quiet week.  Poore mentioned the Business Appreciation Dinner will be July 31st at the Education Center in Plainville.  Also the “Fly-In” for the airport is scheduled in September.  There will be a meeting with Work Force One on August 6th to try and procure someone to do their audit. 

Ruder said some of his constituents came to him with some different ideas on how to use the golf course property.  Some ideas brought to him were a walking trail and maybe stocking the ponds for fishing. 

Ruder had received a call from a resident living on CC & 14 Road.  The resident thanked the County for working and maintaining the road, but it is still bad and needs some rock.

John Ruder and Larry Poore had attended the official groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 2 of Rooks County Health Center’s expansion project on July 17th.  This will be a nearly 10,000 square foot addition and is expected to take sixteen months to complete.  The additions will have all rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, speech and cardiac rehabilitation. 

Roque Garcia, Custodian, discussed some issues at the courthouse with loose and weathered joints particularly on the west side.  He said this had been discussed in 2011 as well, and wanted the Commissioners to know that eventually some tuck-pointing would need to be done.  Garcia will work with Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, to see if any grants can be obtained through the State Historical Society as the courthouse is registered on the Historical Registry.  The Commissioners told Garcia to start on the project with the grant procedures.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, was present to discuss valuations.  She will be looking to re-do vacant land again.  Agricultural land will continue to rise for two more years as it goes through an eight-year cycle.  She will be going to the State Board of Tax Appeals with a parcel concerning irrigation and grass.  Heather Poore had done a massive transfer from GIS to ORION to match acreage figures.  She noticed all native grasses were listed as tame grasses.  This will be corrected. 

Heather Poore had attended a conference and was introduced to a program called PushPin.US that uses current photography through satellites and drones.  Pushpin has developed a parcel change detection training set.  Pictures are taken of parcel boundaries with old and new high-resolution, leaf-off imagery.

The cost would be $2,320.00 total which includes 1,000 free parcels; $.15 per parcel with 5,800 parcels and the layering is $1,425.00.  Heather Poore said this would create less data collection and more office time, and wondered if this could be paid out of the Computer Fund.  She would plan to do this the first year and then every five/six years.  Hagan asked about resident’s privacy.  Heather Poore said it uses artificial intelligence that will not pick up people, animals, or cars.   The Commissioners will think about this and may discuss the program at a later time. 

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

                July 23, 2018

County General                                                 68070-38103                                       $22,112.29

Road & Bridge                                                   68104-68140                                       $36,740.28

Noxious Weed                                                   68141-68143                                       $4,507.24

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                               68144-68146                                       $4,226.93

Health Department                                            68147-68149                                       $2,488.85

Sanitation                                                          68150-68164                                       $5,443.13

Insurance Claims Reimbursement                     68165-68166                                       $1,535.25

GRAND TOTAL                                                                                                            $77,053.97

The commissioners discussed funding for the ROZ program.  It is the consensus that the State will not renew this program.  Poore said the Economic Development’s Trust Fund has funds that are approved, and they might be able to use them to finish paying some of the approved candidates on the waiting list.

Ruder reminded the board they will be approving the end-of-the-month vouchers and payroll on Monday, July 30th.  With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Adopted this 30th day of July, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                   


Corky Hagan, Member  


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk