March 19


March 19, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order, and the agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from March 13th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a minor typo.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, all the Commissioners reported how bad the roads are with the extreme conditions throughout Rooks County.  Hagan reported there was a grass fire just west of his residence over the weekend.  The fire burned 60-70 acres of wheat stubble.  Balthazor said he had visited with a woman who thought she could get her vehicle through some water at the bottom of a hill, and ended up ruining the front of her pickup as the road was gouged out.

Balthazor had attended the NWKS Juvenile Justice meeting in Hays where he learned about some of their programs such as the Oxford House.  Balthazor had also attended the Economic Development meeting and reported on new businesses, the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Program, and a planned day trip to Rooks County from Wichita to visit Rooks County sites. 

Ruder had been invited to speak at the Plainville Lion’s Club meeting.  He talked about the Special Olympics and the 3/50 Program.  He was questioned about the County roads as well. 

Ruder had a phone-meeting with Red Bud Village administration concerning employee issues.  Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, had also let him know they had taken three vehicles to Garden City to start the Decals process.   Knight would like to have a work session to discuss the fees to Plainville and Stockton City for dispatch services. 

Balthazor made a motion to approve the early payroll for Kari Ballard, a dispatcher at the Sheriff’s Department.  Some pay was missed on her February paycheck from a merit raise that was back-dated.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Balthazor made a motion to sign a memo that will be sent to all department heads requesting 2020 department budgets due May 10th.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, was present for his weekly reports.  Bouchey presented the February Sanitation and Road and Bridge reports.  Hagan made a motion to accept both the Sanitation and the Road & Bridge reports.  Balthazor seconded the motion and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the Landfill check for deposit in the amount of $8,145.40 for cash and charges.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

The Commissioners and Bouchey held a lengthy discussion concerning the County roads, several calls received and several places that need attention as soon as possible.  Some landowners have asked if the county could use larger equipment.  The Commissioners think using heavy equipment would tear the roads up even more.  One resident needs to be getting out for therapy, and the grader equipment operator is aware of this.  Another resident is needing to stay in town at a motel because her personal vehicle cannot get through the road.  A question was brought up; if the county would take trees out to help keep roads with less snow and ice and dry out faster.  The county is available to help with tree removal with the land-owner’s consent. 

Bouchey reported that the equipment is doing well.  Balthazor asked Bouchey if every other tooth can be removed on the Bomag rock crusher in order to make larger rock.  Bouchey explained that; no, it cannot. 

Bouchey mentioned the department will be going to their 4-day-a week schedule starting Monday March 25th.  Their hours will be 7:00 am until 5:30 pm with a one-half hour lunch. 

Sherry Koster, Rooks County’s Sanitarian with NCKLEPG, was present with the 2018 annual reports.  After reviewing the profit and loss statements and county-by-county reports, Ruder made a motion to remain in the NCKLEPG and pay the 2019 County match of $1,500.00 which is due by April 1st.  Hagan seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, requested permission to attend the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) convention in Niagara Falls.  A letter of recommendation had been received from the Riley County Appraiser.  The Board had no problem with Poore attending the convention and accepting her honors of both RES & AAS designations at the awards luncheon. 

Poore reported her hearings were going well.  She has had a lot of phone calls.  She let the Commissioners know that she is available to speak to groups as to how she comes up with valuations.  Poore gave the Commissioners print-outs that help explain the process as well if they happen to get calls too.  Poore also mentioned she would be getting quotes to check Rooks County maps. 

A public notice was received from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding the proposed Kansas Water Pollution Control Permit for Agricultural and Related Wastes and Authorization to Discharge under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.  This permit is a renewal for an existing facility for Matt Saindon, with Saindon Farms, LLC for 800 head (400 animal units) of cattle weighing 700 pounds or less.  There has been no change in animal units from the last permit.  The public notice will be posted for comment until April 13, 2019. 

Hagan made a motion to accept the 2018 Annual report for Township #2.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

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

                March 19, 2019

County General                                 69913-69948                       $19,863.02

Road & Bridge                                   69949-69964                       $9,118.21

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                69965                                    $874.00

Health Department                             69966                                    $149.35

Sanitation                                           69967-69971                       $749.15

Rooks County Golf Course                 69972-69973                       $325.54

                GRAND TOTAL                                                   $31,079.27

The Commissioners set aside a few minutes for a work session to discuss dispatch service fees.  Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; Chad Sterling, Undersheriff; and Gail Gibbs, Dispatch Supervisor, were present. 

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

Adopted this 26th day of March 2019



JOHN RUDER, CHAIRMAN                                                                                                         _______________________________________