March 12


MARCH 12, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Balthazor, 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 accepted.

Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator, was present to have the Board sign her Grant Application Signature Page for the State of Kansas Department of Health & Environment.  Eichman was able to increase the grant for Public Health Emergency Preparedness by 10%.  Ruder made a motion to sign the grant application page.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  The grant programs applied for were:       

Family Planning (FP)                                                        $7,984.48

Immunization Action Plan (IAP)                                         $2,377.61

Maternal & Child Health (MCI)                                         $44,939.00

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)             $12,203.96

State Formula (SF)                                                           $7,003.71

                Total Funds Requested                               $74,508.76

The minutes of March 5th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of March 5th with minor corrections made.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of March 5th.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, came to the meeting to announce she had passed all testing to make her the first double-designee appraiser in the State of Kansas.  Poore requested financial help with travel expenses to the international conference where she will receive her designations.  Poore continues to apply for scholarships to help with these events, but was denied one for this because she had already received the maximum monies given for this year.  She does have a $500 scholarship which will cover the registration.  The conference will be held at Niagara Falls, NY in September, 2019.   The Commissioners will discuss Poore’s request at a later time.

In weekly reports, Hagan reported muddy roads.  He had drove a few roads, and hoped the public knows the county cannot do much to help at this time. 

Balthazor had received a few calls about roads; in particular, G Road west of Highway 183.  Balthazor was informed that the county had put a load of rock at this spot a couple of months ago, and it has washed out now.  Balthazor also mentioned the roads south of Woodston being a concern. 

Balthazor had attended the Work Force One meeting in Great Bend last week.  The group is working at programs that would use high school apprenticeships and educating para-professionals so that they can teach.  Balthazor plans to attend a Juvenile Justice meeting in Hays on Thursday and the Economic Development meeting on Monday, March 18th.

Ruder had also talked to several people about the roads, stating that most people understand the unusual weather and the County’s frustrations. 

The Commissioners discussed different options of changing the way the roads are built mentioning pit-run rock and continuing to look for decent sand. 

A request was received from Gasper Law Office to install a two-inch pipeline for Dan Gasper.  Dan Gasper is working with Natural Resources Conservation Services to build a pipeline from a well located north of Stockton in a pasture that he owns to a pasture across Pine Street to another pasture that he owns.  The pipeline would need to be bored under County Road 19 (Pine Street).  Gasper was asking the commissions to sign a statement approving to bore the pipeline and that the road will continue to be a road for the lifetime of the pipeline (20 Years).  Hagan made a motion to approve the pipeline and sign the statement.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Walter Hill, Executive Director with High Plains Mental Health Center, and Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff and Rooks County’s High Plains’ representative, presented their annual report and 2020 budget request.  Earlier, the Commissioners had reviewed the reports and graphs sent in preparation of this appointment.  The funding request is based on the county’s expected level of financial support as a member of the High Plains inter-local arrangement and based on the funding formula methodology in the reports adopted by the County Commissioners.  High Plains is requesting $39,396. For the 2020 budget year. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, reported that he and his Under-Sheriff, Chad Sterling, had met with the Woodston City Council.  Woodston City Council aired their concerns and problems, and Knight informed them that he can only serve summons, because the City has their own city court. 

Knight also said he had asked Normandin Refrigeration Heating Plumbing and Air Conditioning Inc. for bids on two radiant heaters for the jail.  

Knight will be holding interviews for a full-time deputy this week.  Knight also said Mark Lowry, with Heritage Insurance had contacted a law contract specialist from Topeka with the Lexipol Policy Program.  This program is with EMC and will cut the cost of liability insurance with on-line training for his staff. 

Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, reported on his findings concerning grants through the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) to use for the courthouse stone restoration project.  KSHS personnel agreed the stone maintenance is necessary, and Rooks County would be eligible for a grant.  But, the grant cycle is announced in May through June and would not be awarded until February of 2020.  With KSHS grants, the county would need to have all contractors and mortar mixes approved.  In comparison, the Dane G. Hansen grant applications are looked at monthly, and they would decide if the grant would be awarded looking at it as their interpretation of preservation.  The Commissioners asked Hrabe to go ahead and make application to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

Hrabe thanked the Road & Bridge Department and Rich Bouchey, Supervisor, for the recent snow removal work done at the airport.  A ‘life watch’ flight had flown out on Sunday.  Hrabe also mentioned that the Airport Commission is using the grant process for snow removal equipment and a building to store the equipment.  FAA grants need to be paid up-front to pay some contractors, etc. before the grant takes hold.  Hrabe thinks the airport will eventually need a fixed based operator (as opposed to contracting all the work) to monitor the fuel system, snow removal, mowing etc. 

The Commissioners discussed City dispatch service fees and ideas on how to make it work equally between the two larger cities and the four smaller cities. 

Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel for the safety of the county for six minutes between 11:04 am and 11:10 am.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

A request was received from an intern with CASA of the High Plains to put pinwheels on the courthouse lawn for the month of April for awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  This was approved. 

Hagan made a motion to accept the 2018 annual report from Township #12.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to review, approve and sign the following vouchers.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.

                March 12, 2019

County General                                                 69859-69888                                       $26,422.49

Noxious Weed                                                  69889-69891                                       $286.02

Health Department                                            69892-69906                                       $3,149.36

EMD Equipment                                               69907                                                    $714.95

Rooks County Golf Course                              69908                                                    $37.99

Economic Development Exp TR                       69909-69910                                       $154.59

Alcohol Program                                               69911                                                    $626.26

Sales Tax                                                        69912                                                 $34,275.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                                          $65,666.66

The Commissioner held a short discussion about helping the Appraiser financially with her request to attend the international conference where she will receive her designations.  They plan to discuss this more.

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

Adopted this 19th day of March 2019



JOHN RUDER, CHAIRMAN