June 4


June 4, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Corky Hagan, member, called the meeting to order. Present were Greg Balthazor, member, Laura Montgomery, Deputy Clerk to write the minutes and Virgie Laska with Stockton Sentinel.  John Ruder, Chairman, was absent to attend a funeral and Ruthmary Muir, County Clerk, was absent.

The agenda was approve as presented.

The commissioners reviewed the May 28th minutes with a minor correction and the May 31st minutes as presented.

Balthazor drove a few roads this past week.  There are wind-rows on 26 Road but Road & Bridge was watering down the road, hauling rock and working on the road on Monday. He will visit with Marion Conyac later in the week about her road and driveway.  He has a Work Force 1 conference this afternoon.  He has a Work Force 1 and a NW Juvenile meeting next week.

Hagan had a couple of calls on roads.  There are wash-outs on P Road.  Road & Bridge is already hauling rock to the areas to be filled in.  He attended NWKS P&D meeting last Wednesday. Ellis, Sherman and Logan Counties haven’t paid their dues and it doesn’t look like they will. Randy Hrabe with NWKS P&D be visiting with Ellis County later about the dues.  There will be no June meeting.

Montgomery ask the commissioners if one of the departments wanted an item that is part of the surplus equipment sale could that department take the item before the sale begins on Thursday? Hagan said that would be ok.  There was a request from Chris at Tri-Central if he could make an offer on anything that didn’t sale.  Hagan and Balthazor said it would be ok.

Hagan made a motion to approve and sign May 28th and May 31st minutes.  Balthazor second the motion.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the Farm Lease between the County and Leon Ross.  Hagan made a motion to sign the lease, Balthazor agreed.

Bouchey presented an agreement and permit for Utility Crossing County Right of Way for Next-Tech Inc.  This is on W Road between 2 Road and 3 Road.  Balthazor made a motion to sign the agreement, Hagan agreed.

The Spring Cleanup last Saturday at the Landfill had a very good turnout.  There were 190 tickets issued and approx. 780 tires turned in. Bouchey had some extra help and everything ran smoothly.  Bouchey presented a Material Analysis Report by Material but said he will have a better report when Sadie has it completed.

They are still waiting on a switch for the JBC loader.  It was used on Monday but it developed some leaks.  Strutt was able to go out and stop the leaks.  The road crew has been busy mowing, grading and hauling rock. 

There was a small “Hiccup” on the Casey pit.  The owner is upset about the taxes on the property increasing and didn’t know if he wanted to continue letting the county take rock out of the pit.  Bouchey talk to him, and this morning the owner gave the ok to continue hauling out rock. They have taken out 17,000 yards and plan on doubling that amount.

Also discussed were 14 Road, 15 Road – 1 to 1 ½ miles S of K18 and putting a culvert at Marion Conyac’s driveway.

Bouchey will be on vacation next week.

Sheriff Gary Knight and County Attorney Danielle Muir was in to discuss with the Commissioners the contract with the City of Stockton.  Paragraph 15 of the contract addresses the start-up cost less the value of the inventory to be paid by the City. As of this time the inventory to be turned over to the County is unknown.  The Sheriff is still waiting to receive a list from the city.  The value of the inventory will need to be agreed to by both parties.

Knight said the two vehicles, k-valor vests and carriers, 4 AR (assault rifles) and 4 Glock 9mm pistols with tac lights are not to be included in the inventory that is deducted from the start up cost.  Muir said the vehicle titles need to be free and clear.

Muir expressed concern about the unknown inventory.  Knight said there needs to be further negotiations on the inventory.  Hagan suggested we increase the capital outlay from $10,000 to $20,000.

Knight will send an e-mail to Courtney Flowers, City Manager to get the list of the inventory to him before the county can proceed further, as well as asking her and Joe Gasper, the attorney for the City to meet with the Commissioners next Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Both Hagan and Balthazor would like to have the contract signed by the City by June 18th so the County can have their budget done in time for the Auditor. Knight said he had his budget completed except for any equipment he will need to purchase that he isn’t acquiring from the City.  He will have a better idea after he receives the inventory from them.

It was put on the agenda for Tuesday June 11th at 10:00 a.m. Gary Knight, Danielle Muir, Courtney Flowers and Joe Gasper.  The commissioners requested there not be anyone else added to the agenda after 10:00 a.m.

With no further business to discuss, Hagan made a motion to adjourn, Balthazor second the motion.

Adopted this 11th day of June, 2019




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                      _____________________________________

Corky Hagan, Member


Greg Balthazor, Member



Laura Montgomery, Deputy Clerk