November 12

November 12, 2019


The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder and Corky Hagan.  Greg Balthazor was absent due to attending the KAC Conference in Wichita.  Ruthmary, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  All rose to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, updated the Board, letting them know he had received quotes from Normandin’s Heating and Air Conditioning for radiant heat in the sally port and the exercise room at the jail.  A second quote was received for a mini-split to be put in the training room.  Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, has agreed to pay for the mini-split.  The Board discussed the quote for the radiant heat and thought that there would be a significant savings if installed.  Ruder made a motion to move forward with the radiant heat in the sally port and the exercise room with the Commissioners and the Sheriff splitting the payment which is approximately $8,000.00; and, allowing the Emergency Preparedness Director to purchase the mini-split out of his budget.  Hagan seconded the motion.  Knight will check with Post about the payment for the mini-split. 

Gary Knight requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel – staffing and to ask the County Clerk to stay for the session as well.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for ten minutes between 9:09 am and 9:19 am for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel.  Hagan seconded the motion.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder and Corky Hagan.  Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, and Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, were also present.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, presented a bill from the Glassman Corporation for maintenance and repairs done when the boiler was turned on and the pop-off valve was leaking.  The Commissioners questioned the ‘tech’ rate and asked Garcia to make a call for explanation.  After Garcia had made the call, he reported they did have an error on the amount of the tech rate which should be $82.00 instead of the $96.00 per hour billed.  Glassman’s will send a revised billing, and Ruder made a motion to approve the payment to Glassman’s with the revised billing.  Hagan seconded the motion. 

Garcia also presented a penciled drawing of a plaque he is interested in having installed on the first floor of the courthouse honoring Private Rooks and detailing the history.  Hagan made a motion to allow Garcia to go ahead with the plaque project.  Ruder seconded the motion. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported that the chip and seal project is done.  His department has also finished the work on Pine and 13th St.  chip sealing.

The oil distributor is still being repaired, but they were able to figure out how to get the oil off. 

The inter-department changes seem to be working out.  Road maintenance and patching repairs were discussed as well. 

Bouchey stated that the Road & Bridge Department and the Landfill Department will be going back to 8-hour days – 5 days a week on November 25th

Ruder mentioned that the airport will still need help from the Road & Bridge crew for snow removal until the airport is able to obtain their own snow-removal equipment. 

The minutes from November 5th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Hagan seconded the motion.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made the motion to sign the minutes of November 5th.  Ruder seconded this motion. 

Julie Yarmer, with Freedom Claims Insurance Company, was present to give the health insurance renewal figures.  Yarmer said that Rooks County is doing very well and is one of a few counties that is showing a reduction of 5.15% for premiums for 2020. 

Ruder opened the meeting for the canvass of the totals for the 2019 General City/School Election.  The canvass board consisted of the two Commissioners in attendance:  John Ruder and Corky Hagan.  With the absence of Greg Balthazor, Rooks County Treasurer Kim Northup, filled in for the canvass board.  Rooks County Clerk, Ruthmary Muir, presented the totals of all the races on election night.  There was an inordinate amount of write-in votes tallied for this election.  A write-in board was convened on Wednesday afternoon.  These totals were reported on as well.  An audit is now ordered by statute, and this process was explained as well.  The Commissioners had fourteen (14) provisional ballots presented to review and to decide whether to count.  Four (4) of the fourteen ballots were not counted for reasons dictated by statute.  The provisional totals were added to the final tallies, not creating any changes in any of the winning candidates.  The Canvass Board signed the final tallies to certify. 

The Commissioners reviewed the Treasurer’s quarterly report dated October 31, 2019.  Ruder made a motion to approve the quarterly report.  Hagan seconded the motion. 

The Commissioners reported about their weekly schedules.  Hagan thought the opening weekend of pheasant season had gone well.  He thought there were more deer hunters out than pheasant hunters. 

Ruder said the number of residents is down somewhat at the Nursing Facility in Plainville due to a couple of recent deaths.  Ruder had attended the Quilt of Valor Program in Plainville. 

Ruder mentioned that the renter of the County Landfill property (Sonny Ross) is retiring from farming and selling his cattle.   

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

                November 12, 2019

County General                                                 71646-71710                       $27,040.11

Road & Bridge                                                   71711-71713                       $2,792.55

Noxious Weed                                                  71714-71721                       $78,203.76

Health Department                                         71722-71741                       $19,847.35

Sanitation Department                                        71742                                    $40.50

Rooks County Golf Course                             71743-71744                             $81.48

Central KS Library                                             71745                                 $5,658.34

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                           $133,644.09       


After discussing the topic, Hagan made a motion to help with any potential EMT Trainees by paying the $225.00 for the testing part of the EMT classes for each individual taking the classes.  Ruder seconded this motion.

A letter from the Stockton Pride Committee was received requesting a monetary donation to help cover the cost of an ice cream social the Committee holds demonstrating gratitude for the efforts of the Correctional Facility inmates.  The Commissioners have contributed to this effort for many years, as the inmates have continued to be of great service all over the County.  Hagan made a motion to continue with the donation of $50.00 payable to the City of Stockton.  Ruder seconded the motion. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the renewal agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield for health insurance for the 2020 year.  Hagan seconded this motion. 

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

Adopted this 19th day of November, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk