March 5


March 5, 2019

The Rooks County Commissioner met in regular session.  Those present were: Commissioners John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  Laura Montgomery, Deputy Clerk took the minutes as Ruthmary Muir, County Clerk was absent.  Virgi Laska with the Stockton Sentinel and Candace Rachel with Plainville Times were present for the newspapers.

John Ruder called the minutes to order.  The agenda was approved as presented.  February 26th minutes were reviewed with one minor correction.  February 28th minutes were reviewed and approved as presented.

Hagan reported there was five to six inches of snowfall in his area.  He did receive some calls from people wanting roads cleared, particularly 7 Road north of K18.  These were referred to Rich Bouchey.

Balthazor drove some of the roads.  There were a few roads that the grader had to keep opening because the wind was blowing the snow back across the road. He talked to Rich Bouchey about clearing the airport runway by Monday so doctors flying in for appointments at the hospital could land. 

Ruder also talk to Bouchey about snow removal at the airport.

The Commissioners opened and reviewed their mail. Included in the mail was property valuation notices from the County Appraiser.

Balthazor plans on attending the Twice as Nice meeting in Palco City tomorrow at 9:00a.m.

Rich Bouchey presented his weekly report.  The graders have been busy clearing the roads of snow.  Tim and Justin are burning trees up north by McLaughlin. What can’t be burned off will be hauled out later. There are no loader or other equipment problems at this time.  About half of the graders went out on Sunday to remove the snow.

There are no problems at the landfill but the rock crusher is still there.

Kim Northup, County Treasurer and Danielle Muir, County Attorney was in to visit with the Commissioners about a recent open records request. The request is for tax records for real estate, (which also includes severed mineral interest) and personal property.  Northup suggested in a prior meeting to charge 50 cents per parcel.  Muir said this was an excessive charge.  Northup e-mailed the company and requested information as to what the company does and how they plan on using the information requested.  The company said the information would be compiled so their clients can use it to compare what they pay in taxes.  Muir said the statute reads the county can collect a reasonable fee for copies for access to public information.  It doesn’t state what a reasonable fee would be.  Muir didn’t recommend a per parcel charge but a per hour rate instead.  She also said some counites don’t charge because it doesn’t require much time to send the information.   After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to rescind the motion made the previous week concerning the $.50 per parcel charge.  Hagan seconded to the rescinding of the previous motion, and Balthazor agreed as well.  It was agreed that the county would charge $300 for the request.

Hagan made a motion to sign the February 26th minutes as corrected and February 28th minutes as presented.  Ruder second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

The Commissioners reviewed the Ag Valuation Comparison from the County Appraiser.

Corky requested a 5-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Ruder made a motion to have an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel from 10:46 until 10:51. The motion was second by Hagan and agreed to by Balthazor. Present for the executive session were the three commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  There was no further discussion when the commissioner came back into regular session.

Hagan made a motion to accept Township #8 Annual Budget Report.  Ruder second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

The Commissioners discussed the delinquent and back personal property taxes on the Rooks County Golf Course LLC.  The county clerk was asked to discuss options with the county attorney to see if the taxes can be collected.

The commissioners reviewed their Inventory and fixes assets.  It was decided to remove the old lawn mower from the cemetery fixed asset list abandoned.

Hagan said it would need to be put to a vote in the townships that are looking at getting out of the Logan Fire District and be part of the Stockton Fire District.  The question must pass by 51% of the votes.  The townships would include Bow Creek, Alcona, part of Sugarloaf and part of Farmington.

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


                March 5, 2019

County General                                           69839-69852                       $13,036.20

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                          69853-69854                       $2,501.00

Emergency Management Equipment          69855                                    $147.68

Insurance Claims Reimbursement              69856                                    $2,063.65

      GRAND TOTAL                                                                                   $17,748.53


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

Adopted this 12th day of March 2019


____________________________________                       ATTEST:



____________________________________                       LAURA MONTGOMERY, DEPUTY CLERK