June 4


June 4, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were Commission Members Larry Poore and Corky Hagan.  Chairman John Ruder was absent due to a funeral.  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.  Corky Hagan made a motion for Larry Poore to be Chairman for this meeting.  Larry Poore seconded the motion and agreed to chair the meeting.  The agenda was accepted.

The minutes from May 31st were reviewed.  Poore made a motion to approve the minutes of May 31st with some corrections to be made.   Hagan seconded the motion.  After the minutes were corrected and printed, Poore made a motion to sign the minutes.  Hagan seconded the motion.

In weekly reports, Hagan reported a problem with the public, including young children, parking too close and watching the flow of water at the tubes on the low road at Webster Lake.  This is causing a dangerous situation with the high water levels and the amount of water being let through the gates from the lake.  The Commissioners will discuss this with the Road & Bridge Supervisor.

Poore mentioned he had received just a few calls on roads.

A phone call was received from Commissioner Ruder letting the board know he would not be able to attend the meeting.  During the call, Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, presented some figures from the oil valuations.  Heather Poore reported the oil valuations are very close to the same as last year.  There are approximately two million valuation in oil reductions pending. 

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, gave the Board final figures on the cost of upgrading the small office for Juvenile Services.  These figures were approved.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, was present for his weekly report.  His crew has been working on the tube that had washed out near Cecil Roy’s residence.  This will be finished by the next day.  Hagan let Bouchey know the road by Jim Baughman’s residence is being used to get from one part of the lake to another as the lake roads are closed.  The road by Baughman’s needs mowed. 

Bouchey said he had not put any sand on the west end of the Plainville Road yet.  Bouchey said he would need to go to 30 & O Road to repair a bad spot.  The area near Bow Creek in the NW part of the county needs a lot of repairs, and the crew is helping a local farmer with a cattle passing on E Road between 4 & 5 Roads. 

Equipment status remains the same:  the JCB Loader is in Salina, while its transmission is in Missouri.  The mower tractor is still not moving. 

The board discussed with Bouchey options to keep the public safe around and near the tubes on the low road at Webster Lake.  There was some discussion about signs, but Bouchey said he did not want to put any signs there permanently.  Bouchey will look at the situation and put up temporary flags and signs.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, reported he had talked to Tonya Thomas, with Juvenile Services.  They will be having a training in July about the new reports and flow charts with Juvenile Services.  Thomas will be needing a panic button in her new office.  If there is an extra in the courthouse, she could use that; or, Knight will have to order a new one. 

The patrol car is finished with getting a new dog cage and heat sensor put in.  They will be traveling to Kansas City to get this picked up.  A patrol car has been totaled after being in an accident recently. 

A phone call was received from the Road & Bridge Supervisor saying he had been informed that more water will be let out at the lake.  They will be opening the flood gates, which had not been opened for water release since approximately 1993. 

The local newspaper journalist requested a report from the public meeting held at the golf course.  Both Hagan and Poore gave a report about some of the questions and discussions.

Poore noticed an error in the printed minutes in the paragraph about the new Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.  The word “not” will be stricken from the sentence: “It was the Board’s decision to inactivate the parcels not paid by May 31st for this year only; these participants will not receive their rebate this year, but will go back on the plan next year.”

With no further business to transact, Poore made a motion to adjourn.  Hagan seconded this motion. 

Adopted this 11th day of June, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                    


Larry Poore, Member                                                                   


Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk