May 21


May 21, 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; and Candace Rachel, with the Plainville Times, were also present.  The agenda was accepted.

Dean Kester, local car racing promoter, visited with the board about the dates of summer races.  One will be held during Stockton’s Car Show and the other race nights will be during the fair.  Kester had wanted to promote a couple more races; but had run into conflicts with the dates with ICMA.  Kester requested help with the track preparation for the races from the Road & Bridge Department using some of the equipment.  The Commissioners agreed to this.  Kester mentioned the back ticket office is in bad shape and plans to do some maintenance on it. 

The minutes from May 14th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes from May 14th with minor corrections.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were corrected and printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes.  Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.

In weekly reports, Hagan reported some appreciated rain amounts that seemed to vary throughout the county.  Hagan had received a few calls about road concerns before the rains.  Poore said he had received a call, as well, before the rain; but, the rains seemed to help pack the roads.  Hagan said he was hoping to have a NWKS Planning & Development meeting on May 30th.

Poore plans to attend the Economic Development meeting tonight, and will join a conference call with Work Force One this week. 

Ruder said he had talked to the Palco City Mayor, Johni Keller.  Preparations to move the ambulance from Palco to Plainville have been initiated.  Julie Cole, Stockton Ambulance Service, said they would be getting the ambulance this week.  The City of Palco has decided to keep the monitor even though it is not being utilized.  The Stockton Ambulance Service and Plainville EMS would eventually like to get the monitor back. 

Ruder said the Red Bud 501C3 Board would be meeting on Thursday to review the application received for the nursing facility administrator.  Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, had given the Board the information for review about an ad to be put in the papers concerning the public discussion about the golf course. 

A thank you was received from the Plainville After-Prom Committee, High School Juniors and Seniors for the support received for their After Prom Bash.

The Board reviewed a monthly report received from Jeff Younger, with Secure Energy Consulting, Inc. concerning the natural gas market.

Ruder reminded the newspapers there would not be a meeting on Monday, May 28th due to the Holiday.  The board will meet on Thursday, May 31st

The Commissioners looked at and reviewed some 2019 department budgets that had been submitted. 

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows:

May 21, 2018

County General                             67651-67678                       $13,360.58

Noxious Weed                                67679-67680                       $142.89

Health department                         67681-67684                        $1,493.40            

        GRAND TOTAL                                                                   $14,996.87

Per a conversation with Amy Zerr, with Mapes & Miller, the vouchers for the re-model on the courtroom were changed from the Parks & Rec Fund to the Commissioner’s Special Projects Fund on May 16, 2018 to correct the May 14th totals as follows:     

May 14, 2018

County General                                 67569-67588                       $16,166.55

Road & Bridge                                   67589-67625                       $29,160.44

Health Department                            67626-67637                       $5,482.93

Sanitation                                          67638-67645                       $544.40

Economic Development Exp TR        67646-67647                       $157.35

           GRAND TOTAL                                                                   $51,511.67

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, introduced Pastor Kurt Coleman, with the Assembly of God Church in Stockton.  Coleman had been informed by a church member that the County may have surplus/excess office equipment that the church is looking for.  The church is in need of some desks.  Garcia requested selling some of the county’s excess desks to the church.  Ruder made a motion to sell the surplus property of four (4) desks to the Stockton Assembly of God Church for $5.00 each.  Poore seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed. 

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

Adopted this 31ST day of May, 2018



John Ruder Chairman                                                                   


Larry Poore, Member                                                                    


Corky Hagan, Member    


ATTEST:  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk