May 21


May 21, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder and Corky Hagan.  Commissioner Greg Balthazor was absent due to the Worce Force.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order, and the agenda was approved. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the finished census survey.  Hagan seconded this motion. 

In for his weekly report, Rich Bouchey, Road and Bridge Supervisor, talked about some equipment.  The Volvo is at I-70 Truck Repair in Hays.  It has approximately 500,000 miles on it and an obsolete engine.  The service tech has found all the parts needed for an in-frame rebuild for about $28,300.00 and a 2-year warranty on the engine only.  Ruder made the motion for Bouchey to go ahead and have the Volvo repaired with this promotional-parts agreement.  Hagan seconded this motion, and agreed with the terms. 

Bouchey and the Board talked about some of the road concerns, and the department projects. 

Bouchey presented bids received for two culverts as follows:

                Welborn Sales, Inc. – Ken Sweeney – $35.90 per foot and delivered

                DCd Wholesale – Jim Fall – $38.75 per foot and delivered

The lower bid from Welborn Sales, Inc. was accepted. 

A letter had been received from Stockton City letting the County know that a propane tank located at the north radio tower had not met all of the requirements for the city code.  The tank is rusted and needs to have signage clearly marked.  Bouchey will get this looked at and taken care of. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; and Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney; were present to discuss a contract for law enforcement with Stockton City personnel.  (Stockton City Commissioners had voted at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 15th to contract with Rooks County for law enforcement.  This was a 3-2 vote from the Stockton city Commissioners.)  Those present for the discussion were Knight and Danielle Muir, along with Stockton City personnel:  Courtney Flower, City Manager; Joe Gasper, City Attorney; and Kayla Hilbrink, Assistant Clerk.  Other contracts, from cities who have been contracting police enforcement with their counties, had been looked at for guidance.  Different topics discussed were equipment, wages and 3% costs of living, the school zone monitoring, the municipal court system, inventory and any evidence on hand (active and pending).  Stockton City is planning to purchase new protection vests and computers before the end of the year.  Knight figured an approximate amount of $317,000.00 for the start-up cost from Stockton City for the first year.  Some addendums may need to be added to the contract as well. 

Jonathan Herald, with Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, was present to ask for continued support for the year 2020 for their programs.  Danielle Muir and Gary Knight both stayed for his presentation as the County has used their advocacies quite often, and they both recommended continued support for the Advocacy Center.  

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, was present to talk to the Board about her budget request.  She explained her figures and the reasons for some of the higher amounts.   

Poore also presented her predictions for the valuations that are being certified at this time.  Personal property valuations have dropped around 6%, and there will be some low-production oil changes as well. 

A letter had been received from Melissa M. Schoen, Attorney at Law, P.A. from Norton, KS concerning a debt from the Noxious Weed Fund to Mortensen Computer Services in the amount of $332.38.  Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, would like to dispute the validity of the debt.  Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney, will contact Ms. Schoen for arrangements. 

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, let the Commissioners know that he has found a system to restore the names on the Memorial Wall on the corner of the Courthouse as the names have faded badly.  The Commissioners told Garcia to go ahead and get the estimates. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, and Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, were present to explain about a producing oil warrant that did not get processed as to state statute.  They asked permission to have a lawyer with oil expertise write a letter to the oil company to see if they could get the taxes paid.  This was approved. 

The minutes of May 14th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of May 14th after a typo was corrected.  Hagan seconded the motion.  After the minutes were corrected and printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes of May 14th.  Ruder seconded this motion. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the insurance bond check received from Township #11 in the amount of $983.32 for deposit.  Hagan seconded the motion. 

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

                May 21, 2019

County General                                             70379-70406                       $11,122.24

Rooks County Golf Course                            70407-70408                       $228.01

Economic Develop Expandable TR                70409-70410                       $43,400.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                          $54,750.25


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

Adopted this 28th day of May, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                             

_____   ABSENT ______________________                       

Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk