June 18, 2019
The Rooks County Board of 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 approved. The minutes from June 11th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 11th with a couple of minor adjustments. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; Chad Sterling, Under-sheriff; and Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney; were in attendance to review the ‘red-line’ contract received back from Stockton City’s attorney regarding the Rooks County/Stockton City contract for law enforcement. Stockton City Attorney, Joe Gasper, had made several adjustments to the contract, which were approved. But, the board continued to discuss inventory, vehicles, and start-up costs. Danielle Muir will re-write the contract and present it to the County Commissioners and Sheriff before sending back to the City. All entities would like this ironed-out soon.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a Landfill check in the amount of $8,561.60. Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Fee reports for both the Road & Bridge and the Sanitation Departments were reviewed. Hagan made a motion to accept the fee reports, dated May 2019, for both the Road & Bridge and the Sanitation Departments. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Monthly fuel bids were received for June as follows:
Midland Marketing – $15,077.30
Farmers Union – $15,317.00
Bosselman – $15,190.80
The low bid from Midland Marketing was accepted.
Bouchey discussed some equipment repairs. The Volvo Truck is at I-70 Truck Repair in Hays again. The department had just brought the truck home and had to take it back for possibly a bad injector. The JCB Loader is in the shop for work on a high pressure valve, air conditioner, and compressor. This work is being done soon after the equipment received a new pump. The computer part of the dozer doesn’t seem to be working. A mechanic from Concordia was down to fix this for the cost of mileage only.
Bouchey’s department is putting in two tubes at the Marion Conyac residence. The crew is rocking on P Road between 28/30 Roads. Bouchey was asked to get a load of rock for a particular spot on N/7 Road. This would help the farmers get into their fields for the harvest season as they cannot get to the fields from the south.
Jerry Michaud, DSNWK President; and Diane Creevan-Voss, Rooks County’s representative for DSNWK, were present for their annual budget request. DSNWK is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Michaud presented several reports and talked about services provided, and asked for Rooks County’s continued financial support.
Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, reported on the conference she had attended the previous week in Manhattan. She spoke about BOTA and tax appeals and encouraged the Board to talk to legislators about getting BOTA to follow the same rules when valuing as the County Appraisers have to. Also, the Appraisers throughout the State are asking BOTA to make more timely decisions. Poore has a BOTA hearings scheduled for next week and the end of July, and there will be a two-day hearing in October.
Poore requested getting some imaging done through a company called PushPin. She can get 1,000 parcels done with a trial run without any cost. Poore feels the imaging will clean up data and maybe pick up personal property missed because of locked gates, etc. After the first 1,000 parcels are done without cost, Poore will not be locked into purchasing anything else. The Commissioners approved the trial imagery of the first 1,000 parcels.
In weekly reports, Hagan said he had had a very quiet week; mentioning copious amount of water running everywhere.
Balthazor reported on the meetings he had attended. He talked about the highlights of the Economic Development meeting:
Bike Across Kansas had approximately 600 of the 800 riders pedal through Palco.
The date of April 25, 2020 has been set for the next Rookstock.
Several people had attended the ‘open house’ for Midland Marketing’s new elevators set at Palco.
Small business/new business meetings had been held in Stockton and Plainville.
Bids will be opened for snow-removal equipment and a snow-removal building soon for the Rooks County Airport.
Balthazor had attended the Work Force One meeting in Great Bend on Friday, the 14th of June, and will attend another WF1 meeting on Thursday, June 20th, in Great Bend which will be an orientation meeting for new members.
Budgets were discussed at the NWKS Juvenile Justice and Community Corrections meeting that Balthazor attended in Hays.
Ruder presented some information and prices received from the Nursing Home Administrator, Megan Zahn. The bid from Joni Selbe’s Tree Service was for $1,600.00. Ruder made a motion to allow Ms. Zahn, Nursing Home Administrator, to go ahead and have Selbe’s Tree Service trim, shape and remove trees around the nursing home building for a price not to exceed $1,600.00. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Ruder had been informed the grasshopper mower at the nursing facility may have a bad motor. The board discussed prices of mowers and having the mowing contracted. The County Clerk was asked to contact the auditors to see if the county can pay for a mower and have the nursing facility make payments to the county. This option would help the nursing facility to make payments without interest if they decide to purchase a mower.
Ruder had been approached by an artist’s agent to buy back one of his paintings that is stored at the Rooks County Golf Course. Ruder made a motion to list the picture as excess property and accept a check for $150.00 from the artist’s agent for the purchase of the painting. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
A budget/appropriations request was received from Options Domestic & Sexual Violence Services. Options, Inc. has requested an appropriation of $1,000 to continue to work to end violence and abuse in northwest Kansas.
A thank you letter was received from the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center for listening to their appeal and considering the support of their agency at budget time.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion adjourn. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Adopted this 25th day of June, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk