June 25


June 25, 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 agenda was approved with the addition of Lori Eichman, with the Rooks County Health Department.  The minutes from June 18th were reviewed.  After making a small adjustment, Ruder made a motion to approve the June 18th minutes.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Hagan made a motion to sign the June 18th minutes as corrected.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.  The minutes from June 11th had been approved the previous week, but were not signed.  Hagan made the motion to sign the June 11th minutes as well.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan had had an interesting weekend, as he had tried to help an out-of-county individual who had gotten stuck on the road south of the lake.  This person had drove too far down a road that was covered in water.  As they were trying to get the vehicle out, it actually dove deeper into a washed out area.  Hagan said the vehicle is still at that spot, and it will not be moved for a while. 

Hagan had not received any calls about road concerns, but had received a few calls about people not treating their musk thistle. 

Balthazor reported about the Work Force One meeting held in Great Bend on Thursday.  During orientation, a few interesting facts came up.

                The unemployment in Kansas is the lowest it has been in 45 years

                By the year 2022 there will be a shortage of 2 million nurses

Unemployment has cut back their unemployment pay to sixteen (16) weeks instead of the twenty-six (26) weeks it had previously been

Ruder had visited with Megan Zahn, Rooks County Nursing Home Administrator, to let her know the Board approved moving forward with the tree trimming.  Zahn thanked the County Commissioners for their support.  Ruder and Zahn also talked about the lawn mower issue.  Ruder asked Zahn to look at mowers that will be just as good but cost less.  He also let her know that the County found out from the auditors that it is possible for the county to purchase a mower and then let the nursing facility make payments, interest free. 

Ruder said he had talked to Todd Gilliland, with Farm Implement, and Gilliland had let him know they would not be able to bid a tractor and sweeper for the airport’s snow-removal equipment.  Farm Implement cannot meet the specs issued by the FAA.

Ruder had inquired about a bill received from Bosselman’s for fuel at the golf course.  After some investigation, Bosselman’s found the federal tax had not been taken off the amount.  They will credit the account.

Ruder said he would like to purchase a standing flag for the Commissioner’s Office, and start the Commissioner’s meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Hagan and Balthazor both agreed and thought this a great idea. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the Notice to the Township Board (Township #11) for a Special Event CMB license for a golf tournament at the Rooks County Golf Course sponsored by the Stockton Recreation Commission Board.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator, presented an annual agreement with Osborne County for WIC for signature.  Ruder made a motion to sign the Letter of Agreement between Osborne County Health Department, and the Rooks County Health Department whereby Rooks County’s Health Department will conduct the WIC programs as a sub-agency for the Osborne County Health Department WIC program.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Eichman also presented the proposal for a new grant collaborating with a lactation consultant supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies.  Eichman needed the Board’s approval to write the grant for a four (4) county area.  Hagan made the motion to approve Lori Eichman to write the grant for a lactation consultant to support breastfeeding mothers and babies for an area to include four counties.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, let the Commissioners know that Osborne County has shut down the recycling program and will no longer accept paper and cardboard.  He will put an ad in the local newspaper to let the public know and move the semi-trailer truck from the fair grounds. 

Bouchey reported that his department has cleaned up the lots in Woodston City owned by Rooks County.  There is a second request from the Woodston City Council to mow these lots. 

Two tubes have been put in at the Marion Conyac residence.  Bouchey said the waterline kept rising as they worked the area.  Ms. Conyac is not happy with the fix as she doesn’t have much of a back-slope now. 

Bouchey talked about equipment and repairs.  The 1999 12H motor grader has a bad gear box.  The parts will cost approximately $6,600.00 for the re-manufacture.  They County mechanics plan to do the work.  The 2001 New Holland is at Ellsworth at Kan-Equip with water in the exhaust.  They gave him a quote of $20,000 to put a small block in (re-manufacture) if the head is alright.  This piece of equipment has about 5,000 hours on it.  Bouchey had pictures and quotes from different implement dealers, but the Board decided to check on what repairs the New Holland will need before looking at different machines. 

Bouchey said he would be meeting with Spencer Casey about his rock pit on Wednesday, June 26th.  Hagan asked Bouchey to put in ‘road closed’ signs on N Road at 8 Road. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; Chad Sterling, Under-sheriff; and Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney, were present to discuss the contract pending with Stockton City for law enforcement.  A special meeting/work session is scheduled at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 26th at the Stockton City Hall.  The contract is good as far as the County is concerned.  At this point, the County is waiting on the City to sign. 

The Commissioners reviewed the County Department 2020 budget requests. 

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

Adopted this 2nd day of July, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                       


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk