May 7


MAY 7, 2019

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthie Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgie Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  The agenda was approved, and Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; Chad Sterling, Undersheriff; and Courtney Flower, Stockton City’s Manager were in attendance to discuss data gathered by the Sheriff pertaining to the contract with Stockton City for police protection that is still in the ‘discussion’ state.  Knight wanted to show Flower and the Commissioners changes he had made with recurring and start-up costs.  Flower will take the changes to the Stockton City Commission for review.

The minutes of April 30th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of April 30th as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes of April 30th.  Balthazor seconded  

Weekly Reports:  Hagan reported some rain amounts ranging from .90 to 1.50” in places.  He had heard the Natoma area had received up to 5”.  Hagan had received a couple of calls about roads that he passed on to the Road Supervisor.  A Car Show and Cruise Night had been held in Plainville over the weekend.  Hagan said the crowds were great and the weather held up nicely for around 175-200 vehicles with 73 show cars from all over the state and from out-of-state. 

Balthazor had received complaints from farmers about the edges of the county roads being dragged up from the sides of the road; particularly south on 30 Road and north of P Road.

Balthazor said Work Force One had sent a team to Plainville to help recent unemployed with job hunting.  Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, had talked with Work Force One personnel as well.

Ruder mentioned the administrator of Red Bud Village is working on a grant for a generator.  There has been a push for nursing homes to get back-up generators for emergencies, but the cost has been extreme. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, gave an equipment report as follows:  the JCB loader’s problem turned out to be the hydraulic pump.  The engine and transmission will need to be removed to reach the problem.  The JCB loader will be taken to Ellsworth to Kan-Equip for repairs.  The heavy hauler is at I-70 Truck Repair in Hays to repair a bad injector. 

The road & bridge crew is hauling rock at 21 Road between W/X Road.  Ruder asked about the rock pits and whether the better rock is holding up in them.  Bouchey answered that some pits are better than others.  The County has fifty-four (54) rock pits certified with the State and the department cycles through them.  Bouchey’s thought was that the winter freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw is one reason the rock seems worse.

Some road concerns were discussed, and Bouchey mentioned Crew Chief Ron Rudman is concerned about the road on the north side of the hospital in Plainville.  The most eminent problem being between the driveways to the hospital and parking and emergency drive-ways.  The department plans to work on this area.

Bouchey said he had attended the Codell Church committee meeting.  They are requesting the department work on the road/ditch getting to the parking area.  Bouchey’s department will help them out with this request.

Bouchey mentioned the excavator and bridge crew is at 16 Terrace/K Terrace/S Road working on a culvert and cutting trees. 

Bouchey is currently working on the 5-year plan to comply with KDHE grant guidelines. 

The Board gave Bouchey information on the calls received about road concerns. 

Lori Eichman, Rooks County’s Health Department Administrator, requested an executive session for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for fifteen (15) minutes between 10:13 am and 10:28 am to discuss non-elected personnel with Lori Eichman.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor; and Lori Eichman, Health Department Administrator.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, talked to the Commission about having an active shooter lockdown drill at the courthouse.  He would like to plan it on a Tuesday, when the Board would normally be in the courthouse.  The drill would take about four (4) hours.  It was approved for Post to plan the lockdown drill in early fall (September – October) after getting with the Clerk of the District Court and checking court dates. 

Butch Post and Lori Eichman discussed a cyber security training they had attended in Hays.  They thought it would be a good idea to hold a full-day class for Rooks County and surrounding areas.  The class would be eye-opening as personnel and employees seem to get lax, and there are many ways to save Rooks County and ourselves from a disaster by protecting the offices with the knowledge.  The program and class is free.  The Board was not opposed to having the training.

The contract with Secure Energy Consulting, Inc. was reviewed after being signed by the Rooks County Clerk and Jeff Younger, as the company’s representative. 

The 2019 Pipeline Safety & Land Use Planning Guide booklet was received by all Commissioners.  The booklet contained important pipeline safety and operator information emphasizing damage prevention throughout the State of Kansas. 

Two township insurance bond checks were received.  Ruder made a motion to sign both checks for deposit: Township #7 for $300.98 and Township #8 for $53.12.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

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

                May 7, 2019

County General                                 70284-70301                       $5,975.86

Noxious Weed                                  70301-90303                       $137.53

Health Department                           70304-70306                       $1,019.61

Golf Course Equipment Reserve    70307                                    $5,000.00

Emergency Management Equip      70308                                    $4,800.00

Rooks County Golf Course             70308-70313                       $8,794.35

                GRAND TOTAL                                                            $25,727.35

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

Adopted this 14TH day of May, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                              


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk