May 14, 2019
The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session. Those present were 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. Ruder called the meeting to order, and the agenda was accepted.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, informed the Commissioners that Stockton City would be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, concerning their decisions as to whether to contract with Rooks County for law enforcement. Knight talked about budget concerns and contract information if Stockton City would decide to contract with the county.
Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, was present to ask permission to have World Pest Control back this spring to re-bait for pigeon control. Garcia mentioned he will need to clean out and put spikes in the pigeon’s nesting areas. The treated bait will be put on the roof of the courthouse. Ruder made a motion to allow Garcia’s request of re-baiting for pigeon control which would cost approximately $1,100.00. Hagan seconded Ruder’s motion, and Balthazor agreed.
The minutes of May 7th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of May 7th after fixing a typo-graphical error. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. After the minutes were corrected and printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes of May 7th. Ruder seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.
In weekly reports, Hagan said he had traveled some roads and had received a few calls about the roads. The powdered pockets on the county roads seem to have settled in, but the roads still remain fairly rough. Hagan had talked to Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, about X Road which is on the program to be rocked this year.
Hagan had received a phone call from Ms. Margie Boeckner asking if the County can do something to help her with the way her husband’s grave site had been moved in the West Paradise Cemetery. Hagan informed her she would have to work it out with the person that did the work.
Balthazor had received several calls from citizens about the same road (P Road between 26/30 Roads). Most complaints received were about the road department not finishing a road project or not getting to the road for repairs at all.
Balthazor mentioned he will be absent for the next regular meeting as he will be attending a Work Force One meeting in Great Bend on that date.
Ruder said he had not received any updates from Red Bud Village concerning the generator grant that was submitted.
Ruder had received a call asking about the road department putting in a second entrance to a home. He informed the resident that the county will do one entrance free of charge, and the resident could purchase a second one.
Ruder had looked at the road north of the Rooks County Health Center. The Board discussed several options about how to fix the problem, as the asphalt is starting to erode.
The County Clerk’s Office had received a call from a Woodston City Councilperson asking the County to clean up some lots in Woodston City that the County had acquired through a tax sale. Balthazor said he would drive to Woodston and check the lots out and bring back some photos.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the April fee reports for both the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Department. Hagan made a motion to accept the April fee reports from both departments. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Ruder made a motion to sign the Sanitation’s cash and receipts check in the amount of $11,075.00 for deposit. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed.
Bouchey updated the Commissioners on the repairs on the 12HCat motor-grader. Pictures had been sent from the mechanics showing the equipment being torn down.
The JCB loader is still in Ellsworth. It is getting a new hydraulic pump. Bouchey is waiting on a Foley mechanic to check out the dozer which seems to have an electrical control module problem. This dozer is still under warranty.
Bouchey said he would bring in bids for culverts from DC Wholesale and Welborn Sales.
Several road repairs were discussed, and Bouchey said the department is also working by the State Lake taking out trees and putting in some tubes. The Commissioners talked to Bouchey about the road north of the hospital. Bouchey will talk to hospital personnel to see how they would like to handle the repairs.
An employee in the shop will be quitting at the end of the month. Bouchey will not fill the position at this time.
Bouchey mentioned he will be out-of-town the week of June 7 – 15; therefore, missing the June 11th Commissioner’s meeting.
Jolene Niernberger, with Senior Companions and the Foster Grandparent Program, came to the meeting with several of the volunteers. Each of the volunteers introduced themselves and talked about their duties, thanking the Commissioners for their support. The volunteers in attendance were: Elna Kollman, Rose Smith, Jack Burton, Jim Paley, Gail Hill, Brenda Markfort, Charlotte Sammons, Betty Cadoret, Linda Paley, and Denise Becker. Ms. Niernberger presented their budget requests and mentioned that the Senior Companion Program will be celebrating 45 years this year. The Commissioners each commented how important the County believes the programs are, and they will do their best to help with funding.
After reviewing the Treasurer’s quarterly report, Hagan made a motion to accept and approve the Treasurer’s quarterly report dated April 30, 2019. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
Ruder made a motion to sign Township #12’s bond check in the amount of $122.93. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
The Board received an invitation to the NACo National Convention slated for July 12 – 16th to be held in Las Vegas, NV. None of the Commissioners plan to attend. A request from the US Census Bureau to participate in the New Construction Program was received. Rooks County will not be participating. The survey will be filled out and sent back. Information was received from an employee benefit broker with MASA Medical Transport Solutions to review. It was decided that this service will not be provided to the employees at this time.
Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
May 14, 2019
County General 70316-70347 $16,248.45
Road & bridge 70348-70354 $1,392.86
Noxious Weed 70355-70358 $298.60
Attorney Equipment Reserve 70359 $355.90
Health Department 70360-70370 $5,558.49
Sanitation 70371-70382 $190.84
Rooks County Golf Course 70373-70374 $246.19
Economic Development Expandable 70375-70376 $156.11
GRAND TOTAL $24.447.44
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Adopted this 21st day of May, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk