June 25


June 25, 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, with the Plainville Times, were also present.  The agenda was accepted.

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, was present to request a different approach to the pigeon problem at the courthouse.  He presented a quote from World Pest Control in the amount of $1100.00 to bait the pigeons.  The baiting program would take 4-6 weeks.  Ruder made a motion to allow Garcia to start the baiting program through World Pest Control.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

Corky Hagan requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel – job performance.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of non-elected personnel – job performance for ten minutes between 9:06 am and 9:16 am.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore, and Corky Hagan.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

The minutes from June 18th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 18th with a few corrections to be made.   Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  After the minutes were corrected and printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Poore agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan reported some rain amounts.  The fall crops are looking good; but, locally there is not much harvesting being done yet.  Hagan had noticed the Road & Bridge Department working at the tubes below Webster Lake dam.  The road had caved in on the west side, but the road was still open. 

Poore reported, as well, that harvest is at a standstill.  Poore reminded the board that the preview of the Traveling Kansas show featuring Rooks County would be at 6:30 this evening at the hospital’s education center.  Poore gave updates from attending the Economic Development meeting earlier in the week.  Highlights given were:

                Stockton City’s waterline project is a go with their grant received

                Damar City is having problems with their sewer lagoons – they will need to be re-designed.

                Palco City continues to apply for grants to help re-surface their Main St.

                The Business Appreciations event will be held July 11

                A leadership seminar will be held at the Plainville hospital

Ruder reported attending the Red Bud Board meeting.  Health insurance was discussed, and they have decided to go with a two-card system with Freedom Claims and BCBS similar to Rooks County’s system.  The nursing facility pays the employee’s single plan only.  Fontella Fant, the present nursing administrator, still plans to retire on September 1st.  Megan Zahn is being trained while Fant is still present.  Zahn will be taking her test in early July.  The assisted living facility is full and there are thirty-one (31) residents at the nursing facility.  Ruder mentioned there is a water leak where the nursing facility and the assisted living buildings connect.  This will need to be looked into. 

Ruder said he had talked with Julie Cole, Stockton’s EMS director, to ask about a claim with the ambulance through EMC.  Cole explained the ambulance had hit a cement cone at the Hays Medical center while backing up.  There was approximately $1500.00 damage done to the back bumper.  A check has been received from EMC in the amount of $815.00 for the damages.  Ruder made a motion to endorse the check from EMC in the amount of $815.00.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

A thank you note was received from DSNWK for the support letter the Commissioners had sent for DSNWK’s tax credit application.  Also, a letter was received from the League of Municipalities requesting membership dues.  As in the past, the commissioners will not pay this membership. 

Paperwork and information was received regarding a class action suit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to recover underpayments of PILT (Payments In-Lieu of Taxes) recipients nationwide for years 2015, 2016, and 2017.  This information will be forwarded to the County Attorney for review.  

The ROZ payments were reviewed, and the commissioners decided to leave the budgeted funds the same for the upcoming year. 

The County Clerk presented a bill from Election Source for election supplies that will be over the $500.00 limit.  Ruder made a motion to approve the purchase of election supplies from Election Source in the amount of $939.11.  The large part of this billing is for sturdy stands to hold “Vote Here” signs.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  The Commissioners took a few minutes to proceed to the Election Room and view the new equipment and supplies. 

Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney, was present.  The Board gave Danielle Muir the information received regarding the class action suit.  She will review and let the Commissioners know the next steps.  The class action suit involves federal payments received for the Webster Park. 

Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of attorney-client privileges for fifteen minutes between 10:30 am and 10:45 am.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners; John Ruder, Larry Poore, Corky Hagan; and Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Vicki Hubin, an agent for Western Child Advocacy Center (WKCAC), was present to request funding for her agency.  Hubin presented brochures explaining the center’s services.  The Child Advocacy Center is a safe, child-friendly setting for children to talk with caring adults where abuse allegations can be explored.  The WKCAC holds different fundraisers as well as receiving funding from several western Kansas counties.  Last year WKCAC treated eighteen (18) children in Rooks County.  The Board assured Hubin they would consider funding for the 2019 budget year. 

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows.  Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.

                                June 25, 2018

                County General                                 67884-67927 & 67941                    $85,118.39

                Noxious Weed                                   67928-67930                                       $282.14

                CDC Equipment Reserve                  67932                                                  $860.07

                Eco-Devo Expandable TR                 67933-67939                                   $2,866.31

                Central KS Library                             67940                                            $35,283.63

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                                      $125,147.04

Ruder made a motion to sign hand-check # 67837 made out to Graham County Health Department in the amount of $2,022.95.  This corrected an error found on the voucher received from the Health Department where they had the wrong vendor listed.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, was present to discuss purchasing another vehicle similar to the vehicle just purchased.  The department presently has two cars that have passed the 120,000 mile mark.  If he tries to sell these now, before any more mileage, he will get more money for them.  Knight will check, first, with Stockton City to see if they are interested in these vehicles; and, then go with Purple Wave. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented data and information on the demolished house in Plainville City.  There was approximately 180 tons of debris from this house.  A billing, with the discount, will be sent to Plainville City.

Bouchey has finished the crack sealant south of Palco.  He did two miles of the Red Line Road as well.  The machine has been taken back.  Bouchey reported the JCB loader is being put back together, and he hopes to get it back in-county soon. 

Bouchey discussed the tubes below Webster Lake Dam and how the department is fixing the issue of the washed-out areas by using crushed cement to ‘hard-face’ the affected areas. 

Bouchey mentioned he has had to rent air compressors for a while.  Rooks County air compressors are 27 years old, and the mechanics are having a hard time finding parts. 

Bouchey and the board discussed a few road projects.

Hagan asked Bouchey about a pickup that is sitting at an employee’s residence.  Bouchey explained how the pickup is shared between the men in that area to be used for county use, and others around the county do the same.  Hagan was looking for a pickup that an employee could use that drives over sixty miles round trip from Stockton to work in his area. 

Bouchey requested the Clerk’s Office not paying out his department’s compensation time on this pay period, as the men will be using the compensation time soon for harvest, etc.  This was approved. 

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

Adopted this 2nd day of July, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                   


Corky Hagan, Member    


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk