July 30

COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS

July 30, 2019

The Rooks County 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.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  The agenda was accepted.  The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from July 23rd.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of July 23rd with a few minor corrections.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of July 23rd.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan said the van that had been stuck in the washed-out road south of Webster Lake has been removed.  With the dry weather, the dust pockets on the county roads are getting bad again.  Hagan had received a road complaint concerning E Road with the first mile driving westward from Highway 183 powdered out. 

Hagan reported he had read that KDOT is planning to open up the Bridge Program again. 

Balthazor said he had talked to Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, about the lot in Stockton City that is owned by the County.  Klein has sprayed the lot, and taken care of the weed problem. 

Balthazor had attended the LEPC meeting held in Damar.  Several items were discussed:

  • The upcoming exercise that will be held during the Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13th & 14th.
  • The EMS radios signals will be closed to the public because of HIPPA regulations.
  • An animal disease program for the animals at the Fair will need to be in place by next year.
  • An active-shooter drill is being planned for the Courthouse sometime in October
  • A lock box will be installed at the Courthouse for emergency personnel. This was requested by the Fire Chief
  • The County-owned ambulance is still being stored in Palco. The Commissioners will talk to the Palco Mayor, and Julie Cole, Emergency Director, about a plan.

Ruder said he had received a few calls, as well, about the powdered out roads.

The Board discussed using sand and water on the County roads.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, was present.  Bouchey requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, job performance.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, job performance for ten minutes between 9:32 am and 9:42 am.  Hagan seconded his motion, and Balthazor agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor; and Road & Bridge Supervisor, Rich Bouchey.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

The Commissioners and Bouchey discussed some equipment repairs and road conditions.  Hagan let Bouchey know about the complaint concerning E Road.  Bouchey reported on the department’s current projects.  The Board asked Bouchey about using more sand and water on the roads.  Bouchey said he would like the newer rocked roads to ‘settle’ first and go through at least one cycle of freezing and thawing before adding the sand and water. 

Bouchey reported he would be meeting a representative from KDHE in Woodston on Wednesday, July 31st to see about a site that needs cleaned up.  Bouchey believes the site in question is an older dump area.

Balthazor said he had heard where the Hays recycle center will take cardboard and paper.  Bouchey will check this information out. 

The Board and Bouchey discussed the Bridge Programs.  Bouchey had talked to Jerol DeBoer, with Penco Engineering, and DeBoer said the County would be better off waiting until the next program was announced because of Federal inspections.  DeBoer thought the next program would be more beneficial to Rooks County as the County would be able to use the funds the way we have in the past. 

 The billing from Foley Equipment for the re-manufacturing of the Cat dozer was received.  The bill was in the amount of $154,835.00.  The Commissioners had told Bouchey they would help pay this bill.  After a little discussion, Ruder made a motion to pay the bill to Foley Equipment.  The Road & Bridge Fund will be liable for $50,000.00.  The Board of Commissioner’s Special Project Fund will pay $16,000.00.  The Board of Commissioners’ Equipment Fund will pay the remainder of $88,835.00.  Hagan seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

The Commissioners received a check in the amount of $1,000.00 from Red Bud Village for a reimbursement payment from their lawn mower purchase.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check from Red Bud Village in the amount of $1,000.00 for deposit.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the end-of the month vouchers and payroll as follows.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.

 July 31, 2019 (weekly)

                                                                VOUCHERS         EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY         TOTAL

County General                                $112,313.94        $37,867.87           $129,285.12        $279,466.93

Road & Bridge                                                                                            $71,900.90           $71,900.90

Noxious Weed                                   $216.74                                               $7,073.42             $7,290.16

Health Department                           $2,515.50             $4,703.21             $26,957.91             $34,176.62

Rooks County Nursing Facility         $228.62                                                                                 $228.62

Golf Course Equipment Fund        $6,200.00                                                                             $6,200.00

Sanitation                                                                                                       $8,162.60             $8,162.60

Rooks County Golf Course            $249.62                                                 $1,691.20             $1,940.82

Economic Development Ex TR       $2,547.27             $771.55                    $4,351.72             $7,670.54

                GRAND TOTAL                 $124,271.69        $43,342.63           $249,442.87        $417,037.19

 

  July 31, 2019 (monthly)

                                                                VOUCHERS         EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY         TOTAL

County General                                $153,342.04          $37,867.87           $129,285.12        $320,495.03

Road & Bridge                                  $85,692.88                                          $71,900.90         $157,593.78

Noxious Weed                                  $27,861.75                                           $7,073.42            $34,935.17

Road & Bridge Special Hwy           $2,872.00                                                                             $2,872.00

Health Department                         $22,598.21              $4,703.21             $26,957.91           $54,259.33

Rooks County Nursing Facility       $228.62                                                                                  $228.62

Golf Course Equipment Fund       $6,200.00                                                                             $6,200.00

Sanitation                                      $8,610.07                                             $8,162.60             $16,772.67

Rooks County Golf Course            $1,239.98                                             $1,691.20             $2,931.18

Economic Development Ex TR      $2,707.06                 $771.55                 $4,351.72             $7,830.33

         GRANT TOTAL               $311,352.61        $43,342.63           $249,422.87        $604,118.11            

Hagan mentioned he had received a letter from NWKS Planning & Development changing their August meeting to the 21st.

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

Adopted this 6th day of August, 2019

ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                             

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Greg Balthazor, Member

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Corky Hagan, Member

ATTEST:

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  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk