March 26


March 26, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were Chairman, John Ruder, and Members, Larry Poore and Corky Hagan.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.   Candace Rachel, with the Plainville Times, was also present.  Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order.  The agenda was approved.

Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, said he received two applications for the temporary part-time roadside truck driver.  The board had previously reviewed the applications and left this decision to Klein. 

Klein requested purchasing a new sprayer for approximately $1,000.00.  Klein is wanting to replace two smaller 15-gallon tanks with a 26-gallon tank that he has looked at.  The Commissioners told Klein to do some shopping around to see what is available at a lower price.

The commissioners reviewed the minutes from March 19th.   Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes from March 19th with a minor adjustment. Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes from March 19th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Poore agreed.

In weekly reports, Hagan said he had received some calls about the roadwork that has been done.  A few of these calls reported good news; others, thought the county road department was pulling up too much mud from the sides of the road.  Callers also complained the county was showing favoritism by maintaining particular roads and not maintaining the major roads particularly south of Palco.  Hagan had received a call from an oil pumper saying he is going back around several miles to get to the oil wells southwest of Stockton where the County has discussed putting in a low water road near the John Hance residence. 

Poore said several people had visited him about the county roads.  Since the recent rains, several roads are showing no rock at all.  Poore reported the activity being done with the Economic Development Department.  Poore and Hagan plan to attend the work session to discuss options to keep the golf course open.

Ruder had talked to Roger Comeau about the county-owned water well near Codell.  Connections were fixed and it is now operable.

Poore mentioned he was participating in a Work Force One conference phone call later after the meeting.  Hagan said there would not be a NWKS Planning and Development meeting this month.

Ruder made a motion to sign the Notice of Completion to finish up the paperwork on the Woodston and Damar bridges.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  This paperwork will be forwarded to both King Construction and Penco Engineering. 

Walt Hill, Executive Director with High Plains Mental Health (HPMH); and Chris Dinkel, High Plains Mental Health’s Marketing Coordinator, presented HPMH’s 2017 annual report of all the counties serving Northwest Kansas.  Gary Knight, Rooks County’s Sheriff, was also present as an alternate board member of HPMH.  Hill said the board considers six factors to figure each county’s funding including services, population, county valuation, payroll, etc.  HPMH is not asking for additional county funding for 2019, but their benchmark is $30,982 and Rooks County is currently appropriating $28,874.  Hill explained the additional services they offer at no cost: an eight (8) hour training program for mental health first aide personnel, and critical incident debriefing dealing with tragic situations. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, gave a short report on the jail.  The north door is swollen and unable to open.  The Law Company will be back to fix this.  The department had to get a permit from the Fire Marshall because the water heater is considered a boiler because of its size.  The jail is presently housing fourteen inmates including a few from Russell and Phillips Counties.

Knight said he had obtained High Plains Mental Health’s services for his personnel and others involved after the recent murder in Plainville City.  The personnel was given critical stress debriefing training. 

The Commissioners signed letters addressed to Senator Jerry Moran, Representative Robert Marshall, and Senator Pat Roberts supporting the efforts of the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks opposing legislative proposals that involve increasing maximum truck size or weight. 

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

March 26, 2018

County General                                67181-67222                       $25,026.87

Road & Bridge                                 67223-67227                       $5,950.91

Noxious Weed                                 67228-67232                       $905.32

Road & Bridge Special Hwy              67233                                $25,920.00

Health Department                          67234-67239                       $5,165.29

Commissioner’s Equip Reserve        67240                                 $10,460.34

Sanitation                                      67241                                  $249.27

RCED                                            67242-67244                        $647.97

GRAND TOTAL                                                                         $74,325.97

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

Adopted this 2nd day of April, 2018



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                 


Larry Poore, Member                                                                  


Corky Hagan, Member


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk