July 30


July 30, 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 a couple of new additions.

The minutes from July 23rd were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of July 23rd as presented.   Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes as corrected.  Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan reported more rain estimating 9” within the last month.  The same roads washed-out previously need the same attention. Hagan had contacted several road operators about these road problems.  Hagan had attended the NWKS Planning and Development meeting.  They discussed the housing program and the need to use the monies from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  Hagan had checked out the abandoned cemetery north of Zurich that is maintained with County funds.  There are only three stones there.  Presently, Rob Eichman mows this for the county.

Poore said his area had missed the bigger storms and had received less rain.

Ruder had received a message from Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor:  Bouchey was currently out working roads and would not be able to make the meeting to give his weekly report.  Ruder had checked 17 Road north of W Road.  A large wash-out from the previous rains needs attention.  Ruder reported the Red Bud Village roof is completed. 

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, was present to remind the board of the LEPC meeting to be held that evening in Damar at 7:00 pm.  A training event is being planned for the County fair.  Post is working on the County’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP).  A letter had been received from the Adjutant General’s Department reporting Rooks County’s Emergency Operation Plan has been submitted to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) and is approved, pending adoption.  Rooks County will be required to review and revise their plan to reflect changes within the County and State and resubmit for approval prior to the expiration of the plan in five years. 

Betty Hrabe, GIS Coordinator, presented some computer prices for the updates she will be needing soon.  A quote from CK Tech, Hays, was approximately $2,500.00 – $2,900.00 with a new computer.  To upgrade her current computer, which is four (4) years old and is operating on Windows7, the cost would be approximately $1,500.00 – $1,600.00.  After some discussion, the Commissioners asked Hrabe to get another quote and thought it would be best to go with a new computer.

Hrabe said there is a CAM Conference in October in Manhattan that she would like to attend.  This was approved. 

Hrabe had received notice that she had 100% success with the County’s NG911 new land lines (1,847). 

Ruder made a motion to sign the department approved budgets.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

The Commissioners had received notice of the Rooks County Business Appreciation Dinner and Recognition to be held on Tuesday, July 31st.  The social will begin at 6:00 pm and the dinner will follow.  This will be held at the Rooks County Health Education Center in Plainville.  The Commissioners will plan to attend. 

The Commissioners reviewed NWKS Planning and Development Commission’s 2018 Micro Loan Report and Rooks County Business Development Fund that was received in the mail.

Julie Yarmer, with Freedom Claims Management, Inc., presented the quarterly review.  The plan seems to be working very well with the County being 13.60% under what had been projected beginning 2018.  Yarmer will begin renewal in October.  She is anticipating BCBS’ premiums to be higher again this year, but the premiums will net out to a smaller rise with Freedom Claim’s plan.  She will also bring other renewal options form United Health and Aetna.   

Ruder made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers and end-of-the-month payroll for July 31st.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

                July 30, 2018 (Weekly)

                                                                VOUCHER           EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY         TOTAL

County General                                 $98,894.71           $35,646.80           $124,070.75        $258,612.26

Road & Bridge                                   $646.84                                             $71,294.83           $71,941.67

Noxious Weed                                                                                              $6,793.78             $6,793.78

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                $698.00                                                                             $698.00

Health Department                             $1,429.16             $4,248.42            $25,207.90          $30,885.48

Sanitation                                                                                                    $7,866.37             $7,866.37

Economic Develop Expandable         $2,098.98             $728.18                 $4,224.97             $7,052.13

Insurance Claims Reimb                    $815.00                                                                             $815.00

                GRAND TOTAL                 $104,582.69        $40,623.40           $239,458.60        $384,664.69


                July 30, 2018 (End-of-the-Month)

                                                                VOUCHER           EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY         TOTAL

County General                                $152,831.37        $35,646.80           $124,070.75        $312,548.92

Road & Bridge                                   $37,387.12                                     $71,294.83           $108,681.95

Noxious Weed                                  $39,674.28                                       $6,793.78             $46,468.06

Sheriff Equipment Reserve              $7,070.93                                                                        $7,070.93

Health Department                         $21,776.96           $4,248.42             $25,207.90           $51,223.28

Sanitation                                       $5,443.13                                          $7,866.37             $13,309.50

Economic Develop Expandable    $132,254.48        $728.18                 $4,224.97             $137,207.63

Insurance Claims Reimb                $2,350.25                                                                             $2,350.25

  GRAND TOTAL                                                                                                                   $678,870.52


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

Adopted this 6th day of August, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                    


Corky Hagan, Member   


 ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk