June 11, 2019
The Rooks County Commissioners met in regular session. Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor. Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes. Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present. The agenda was accepted.
The minutes of June 4th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. After the minutes were printed, Hagan made the motion to sign the minutes of June 4th. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
The Commissioners reviewed the figures presented the week before showing the amounts of trash and spoils received during the annual Spring Clean-up at the Landfill. The list is not updated at this time to reflect the many tires received somewhat later. Ruder made a motion to write-off the monetary amount of $3,499.50 tallied during the Spring Clean-up. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
In weekly reports, Hagan said the road south of Webster (N Road) has more and more actual road lost to the rising lake water. This road actually belongs to the State, but the County is obligated to maintain it. Hagan thought the road may need to be completely shut off and barricaded.
Hagan had attended the NWKS P & D meeting. The main discussion continues to be attendance with many counties not participating because of financial reasons. Once again, PDIC was unable to do any business due to there being no quorum.
Balthazor has two upcoming meetings: NWKS Juvenile Intake is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th, and the Work Force One meeting will be Friday, June 15th.
Balthazor had also been called about N through P Road on 7 Road. Balthazor had talked to Marion Conyac about her road conditions with the water continually running. The board discussed putting in culverts and doing some dirt work, but thought there may be problems with this plan because of back-wash.
Ruder reported about the Paradise Creek Festival, and he had also attended the impressive wreath-laying on D-Day at the Memorial Park in Plainville.
The Nursing Home Administrator had contacted Ruder about some trees causing issues against the nursing home building. She asked if the Road & Bridge Department could trim trees. The Road & Bridge employees cannot do this because of liability issues; Ruder will ask the administrator to get costs of having this done professionally.
Ruder also reported about the Sacred Heart Golf Tournament that was held on June 1st at the Rooks County Golf Course. It was quite successful for the church, and $560.00 was deposited to the Rooks County Golf Course Fund for rent.
Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, was present to inform the board that AT&T had received the contract with 1st NET for calls to first responders. 1st Net would have un-limited data, and would cost about the same. Post worried about the cost of going back to Nex-Tech if, for some reason, this program did not work out. It was the consensus of the board to keep the program already in place with NexTech.
Post had gotten a call to deploy to Tuttle Creek for their flooding emergencies. With our rising rivers, Post decided to stay in Rooks County. The Country Stampede, which is usually held in the Manhattan area, has been moved to Topeka.
Post reported he has sold his Tahoe on Purple Wave for $9,600.00. The check will be deposited into the General Fund. Post requested this amount be transferred back to the Emergency Preparedness’ Equipment Fund.
The County Clerk updated the Board about the Surplus Sale held in the Courthouse on June 6th and June 7th. It was somewhat successful with a little more than $800.00 collected.
Ruder made a motion to sign the Region I Emergency Medical Services Council appointments of Julie Cole and Adam Comeau. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. The appointments will be from January 1, 2018 through January 1, 2020.
Ruder made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
June 11, 2019
County General 70523-70551 $15,468.00
Road & Bridge 70552-70570 $21,602.05
Noxious Weed 70571-70575 $15,010.24
Health Department 70576-70586 $6,716.29
Sanitation 70587-70592 $552.38
Rooks County Golf Course 70593-70596 $673.19
Economic Develop Exp TR 70597-70598 $158.64
CKLS 70599 $36,644.08
CKLS – Employee Benefit 70600 $00.08
GRAND TOTAL $95,824.95
Several people were on the agenda to discuss the contract being worked on between the City of Stockton and Rooks County for law enforcement. Those present were the following: Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; Gail Gibbs, Head Dispatch Supervisor/Bookkeeper for the Sheriff’s Office; John Mapes and Amy Zerr, with Mapes & Miller, CPA’s; Courtney Hrabe, Stockton City Manager; Kayla Hilbrink, Stockton City Assistant Clerk; Joe Gasper, Stockton City’s Attorney; and Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer. Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney, called to say she would not be able to attend due to being in court.
John Mapes relayed to the Board about how the funding will work. The money will be deposited into the General Fund to help increase the Sheriff’s budget. Funds can then be approved by the Board of Commissioners for specific things and transferred to the Sheriff’s Equipment Fund by statute. For 2020, the percentage for the Tax Lid Computation will be 1 ½ %. The Sheriff’s budget is exempt from the tax lid.
Joe Gasper, Stockton City Attorney, went over the contract paragraph by paragraph with changes Stockton City would like to be added or revised. The major discussions involved vehicles and inventory. Gasper thought that in the future a multiple-year contract will be possible. But, for these first years, there will be plenty of things to iron out for both entities.
When the contract is signed, a copy of the radar certifications will need to be given to the County Attorney. Stockton City will meet again at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 18th. The involved entities will try to get the contract ready and signed at that time, which will help with everyone’s budget process.
Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, was approached by Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, about adding a separate equipment fund for these funds to be kept separate from the equipment fund already set. This does not seem to be a problem. This question will be sent to the auditors.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Adopted this 18th day of June, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk