May 14


May 14, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners: Chairman John Ruder, and Members Larry Poore and Corky Hagan.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  The agenda was accepted after acknowledging the Road & Bridge Supervisor would not be able to make his weekly report. 

The minutes from May 7th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes from May 7th with minor corrections.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were corrected and printed, Poore made a motion to sign the minutes.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

In weekly reports, Hagan and Poore both said they had only received a few concerned calls about the roads.  Poore had received a short email from Work Force One about getting into full compliance.  Ruder said he had talked with Julie Cole, Stockton Ambulance Director, about moving the Palco Ambulance to Plainville City.  There is an open space which the Plainville Rescue Squad had used previously.  Ruder had also talked to a Palco City representative that said Palco City could use the space currently taken by the ambulance.  Correspondence with the Palco City Mayor was unresponsive.  Cole would like to have the monitor that was in the ambulance as well.  Palco City’s Armed Forces Day is coming up.

Ruder said a meeting will be held next week to review applications for the Red Bud Village Facility Director.  Fontella Fant, the current Nursing Home Director, thanked the commissioners for their financial support. 

Ruder had looked at the space in the courthouse where the Juvenile Services Office will be.  Tonya Thomas had reported that the office may be too small and tight after she gets needed equipment moved in. 

A thank you was received from the Palco VIP’s for the support from the Board of Commissioners, for After Prom. 

A sealed bid was received for the vacant lots owned by the County in Stockton City.  Ruder made a motion to accept the offer of $6,000.00 from Spencer Hilbrink to purchase the excess property owned by the county in Stockton City.  The legal description of this property is: Lots 2 – 14 Even, Block 10, South Main, Stockton City.  (223 South Walnut St.)  Hagan seconded this motion, and Poore agreed. 

The board discussed the Inter-local Agreement with Stockton Ambulance Service and Plainville EMS.  They agreed that it would be wise to consolidate the name to Rooks County Ambulance Service, and lengthen the contract to more years.  Right now, the contract is a 2-year contract.  The County Attorney will be contacted with this information.

After some discussion, the Commissioners decided to set minimum bids for the upcoming tax and surplus property sale.  Ruder made a motion to set the minimum bids as follows:

                Real Estate Properties – $200.00 minimum bid

                Severed Minerals Properties – $20.00 minimum bid

                Surplus Mineral Properties – $1.00 minimum bid

Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.

The Board took a small break to view the finished remodeled, updated courtroom. 

Back in session, the County Clerk reported she had received calls about whether fireworks would be permitted because of the dry conditions.  The Commissioners decided to allow fireworks as of now; and if the dry conditions continue, they may designate special places for fireworks.

Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator, presented her 2019 budget request.  The request stayed the same as the previous year.  The new Medicare regulations continue to be a burden on the department.  The department is subject to the same fines as a nursing facility.  Eichman thought it would cost approximately $15,000.00 to update and purchase new computers to accommodate the rules and regulations. 

Eichman has sent two employees to EM Preparedness classes in Phillipsburg.  They took the 300 Class last week, and will take the 400 Class in June. 

Eichman also presented paperwork re-evaluating Medicare Home Health applications.  Ruder made a motion to sign the necessary paperwork consisting of designating Lori Eichman as CMS Institutional Provider, and John Ruder as having the authority to designate.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

Eichman reported the elevator inspector had noticed their elevator will need some maintenance soon.  The maintenance will cost the county approximately $5,000.00.  Also, a piece of the stone on the front of the Health Department’s building has fallen off, and birds are nesting there now.  She requested the Board take a look to see what can be done. 

The Commissioners called Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, in for an update on the golf course.  Hrabe reported the owners have agreed on a lower price, and have not been able to manage the business from out-of-state.  The current owners will not be sending out membership letters.  Volunteers and local people interested in keeping the golf course, have been doing the maintenance the last couple of weeks.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of confidential data between 10:12 am and 10:30 am.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Poore agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore and Corky Hagan, and Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director. 

At 10:30 am Ruder made a motion to continue the executive session for ten more minutes until 10:40 am.  Hagan seconded this motion, and Poore agreed.  Those present for the continued session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore and Corky Hagan, and Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

The Commissioners will not have a regular meeting on May 28th due to the holiday.  They will schedule their meeting for Thursday, May 31st.

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

May 14, 2018

                County General                 67569-67588                       $8,978.55

                Road & Bridge                   67588-67625                       $29,160.44

                Health Department            67625-67637                       $5,482.93

                Sanitation                          67638-67645                       $544.40

                Eco-Devo Exp TR              67646-67647                       $157.35

                Parks & Recreation          67648-67650                       $7,188.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                            $51,511.67

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

Adopted this 21st day of May, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                   


Larry Poore, Member                                                                   


Corky Hagan, Member    


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk