March 26

March 26, 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, and Candace Rachel, with the Plainville Times, were also present. The agenda was accepted.

Roque Garcia, Courthouse Custodian, presented a 1968 contract/agreement between Rooks County and Post No. 97 of the American Legion about the gas memorial erected on the east side of the courthouse. Garcia would like to have the gas flame lit for the courthouse’s 100th anniversary celebrations. But, after checking with vendors, it was decided the cost would be too extreme. The gas line pipe has corroded badly. After some discussion, the Board decided to plug the gas line at this time for safety reasons and think about other options of using the flame memorial during the upcoming century celebration.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of March 19th. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a minor adjustment. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes. Ruder seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.

Hagan reported his area had received a shower the evening before, and the roads had been drying out some. He had traveled some roads, and thought R Road west of Damar needed the most attention. Most of the damage from the winter conditions seem to be south of Palco. Hagan had received a thank you from a resident for the work done on the Logan Road.
Hagan said there will not be a NW KS Planning & Development meeting this month.
Balthazor had also traveled some of the country roads reporting they are still soft and have ruts even after some grading.
Ruder mentioned the Red Bud Village meeting has been re-scheduled. Ruder also had received road concern calls.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the fuel bids for April as follows.
Midland Marketing – $17,321.80
Farmers Union – $17,378.50
Bosselman – $17,346.65
Midland Marketing received the low bid with $17,321.80.

Bouchey said, with the wet conditions, his department is finding more under-mines and culverts that are dipping. The equipment operators can open the cavities and put rock over to fill the cavities on some that aren’t badly damaged. A tube on 2/H Road was replaced two/three years ago and is in need of getting replaced again. Bouchey reported several roads are closed with about ten places that are not passable.

Minor equipment repairs include: three graders in the shop with minor issues (the department has two spare graders that are being used) and a water pump is out of a Wester Star dump truck.
The rock crushing equipment is still at the landfill. The City of Plainville has asked for some of the crushed rock. They will work this out with the vendor.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, asked personnel from Plainville and Stockton cities to be present to discuss dispatch fees being requested from the County. Those present were:
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff
Gail Gibbs, Rooks County Dispatch Supervisor
Troy Rudman Plainville City Chief of Police
Jim Mesecher, Plainville City Clerk
Michael Baxter, Plainville City Attorney
Sandi Rogers – Stockton City Commissioner
Kim Thomas – Stockton City Mayor/Commissioner
Kelly Post, Tammy Post & Adam Bryant – Stockton City Police Department
Courtney Flower – Stockton City Manager/Clerk
Julie Cole – Rooks County EMS
Ruder opened the discussion explaining how the responsibilities of the county continues to grow and the need for some financial help. Knight explained all the duties and situations that come with the service. Several good questions were asked. The cities will take the information back to their governing boards before making any decisions.

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows.
March 26, 2019
County General 69974-39988 $7,986.81
Road & Bridge 69989-70007 $53,386.30
Sanitation 70008-70016 $1,843.00
GRAND TOTAL $63,216.11

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

Adopted this 2nd day of April, 2019