July 23


July 23, 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.  Commissioner Ruder called the meeting to order, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  The agenda was approved as presented. 

The minutes of July 16th were reviewed.  Commissioner Hagan asked to add the discussion about the price of the lawn mower that the Red Bud nursing facility wanted to purchase.  Hagan thought the price of the grasshopper was too high, and was surprised the voucher had already been presented.  But Red Bud will be paying for the mower. Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes with the added correction.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the July 16th minutes.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.

In weekly reports, Hagan said he had toured the south half of the County – approximately 127 miles.  In the southeast part, the roads are very rough, but none are impassable.  A lot of work needs to be done on AA Road and CC Road.  Both roads are high-traffic, and Hagan had received a couple of calls about them. 

Hagan had received a letter from NWKS Planning and Development about changing their meeting date to the 24th of July.  Hagan will not be able to attend the meeting.  NWKS Planning and Development is concerned about losing county revenue.  Ellis County would like to lower their funding, but according to the by-laws, they are unable to; the by-laws state that the counties pay a percentage of their mill levy.  A couple of counties have not paid their 2018 dues yet, and one county has not paid their 2019 dues.  These problems will be addressed at the meeting. 

Hagan said he had talked with Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, about the van that was stuck and still embedded in the wash-out.  Knight said Allen Dinkel will take his equipment there and remove the van for the tag. 

Balthazor reported a quiet week.  He had traveled a few roads, and stated he is a firm believer in adding sand on the roads. 

Balthazor had attended the Economic Development meeting.  There has been an inquiry for a new business.  Business owners from Stockton, and business owners from Plainville plan to attend the ‘Business Boot Camp’ that will be held in Colorado.  A young entrepreneur is working hard with a house-pet sitting business for people on vacation.  The Kansas Fly-In will be rescheduled in November.  The airport is reporting that their weekly traffic is up with a good number of planes flying in and out.  The airport board plans to go ahead with the grant for the snow-removal building.  No bids were received for snow-removal equipment.  They will try again next year.  The Business Appreciation Dinner was held following the Economic Development meeting.  The Kansas Department of Commerce annually honors businesses from around the state for their contributions made to their respective communities.  Those receiving recognitions this year from Rooks County were: Rooks County Health Center, Midland Marketing, Muir Law Office, and Coast-to-Coast Title Company. 

Ruder had also received calls about the roads.  Ruder had talked to Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director about the musk thistle problem reported last week.  Klein explained the reason they did not spray the fence rows, near Stan Simon’s residence, is because of the bird control plots planted there. 

Rich Bouchey, Road and Bridge Supervisor, reported the Land Pride mower is in the shop needing approximately $2,000.00 worth of repairs.  After some discussion, the Board agreed to go ahead and fix this mower now, as it is needed immediately.  The Commissioners thought they could look into replacing the mower later in the year.  All other equipment, other than the mowers, is working and in County.  All the air conditioners have been maintained through the hot, humid weather the past week.

Bouchey said the rocking is finished on P Road between 26 Road and 28 Road.  The crew will start hauling rock to X Road/K18 between 23 Road and 24 Road.  Q Road between 15 Road and 16 Road is drying up some.  P Road/9Road is torn up with water standing.  A combine had been stuck, and this road won’t be able to be fixed for a while. 

John Mapes, with Mapes and Miller, CPA’s, was present to plan and review the 2020 Rooks County Budget.  After going over each budget and line item, the budget’s estimated tax rate was lowered to the same as the previous year (62.957).  The budget will be published, and Rooks County’s budget hearing will be at 11:45 am on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. 

Hagan made a motion to sign the Notice and Waiver to confirm the support of Rooks County for the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center for 2020.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

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

                July 23, 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 Develop Ex TR                 70847-70848                       $159.79

                GRAND TOTAL                                                             $130,183.24

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

Adopted this 30TH day of July, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                          


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk