November 19


NOVEMBER 19, 2018

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Larry Poore, and Corky Hagan.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was also present.  Others present were Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel; and Greg Balthazor, commissioner-elect.  The agenda was approved.

The minutes of November 14th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of November 14th with minor corrections.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Poore made a motion to sign the corrected minutes.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed. 

In weekly reports, the Commissioners discussed a couple of roads, and wondered; even with all the recent moisture, how a few roads are powdering already.  The Table Top Exercise held in Palco was discussed.  Ruder said he had attended the Red Bud Board meeting the previous week.  Ruder reported the assisted living complex is nearly full with eleven (11) apartments occupied.  The nursing home only has one private room and one semi-private room open.  The nursing home is planning on having their Christmas Party and family get-together on December 11th

Ruder said the insignia installed at the Plainville EMS Building is finished.  The cost is slightly higher than they expected, coming to $450.00; and the EMS were wondering if the County could help pay part of this.  Hagan said he wants to find out if they plan to put another insignia at Stockton first. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, was present to discuss a merit raise for an employee.  Rachelle Nelson has completed three different courses of training, and Heather Poore would like to give her a $.50 an hour merit raise.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to allow the $.50 per hour merit raise as the employee has taken on more responsibility in the department.  The raise will take effect for the December payroll beginning November 25, 2018.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Heather Poore discussed a situation where an oil company is questioning the 5% rate for late fees.  This has been talked about between several counties with the same issue.  The oil company has lawyered-up, and the board discussed what the cost would be before committing to fight the claim.  Several counties have a representative that does a very good job of representing their side against this as well.  The Commissioners decided to check out the cost of committing to fight the claim versus the amount of money that would be claimed with the late fees. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the $75.00 Christmas gift certificate memo to employees.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

Ruder made a motion to sign letters to Diane Creevan-Voss and DSNWK appointing Ms. Voss to DSNWK’s board.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Rooks County’s tax statements were received and reviewed.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, had left a bid for the Commissioners to review to repair the paging antennae on the north tower.  Seth’s Tower Service, Inc. from Hudson, KS had recently maintained the beacons on the tower and discovered the brackets were in need of repair as well.  Hagan made the motion to go ahead and have these repairs done with the bid of approximately $1,280.00.  Poore seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.  The County Clerk was instructed to ask about the county’s insurance on the towers. 

Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the following weekly vouchers.

                November 19, 2018

County General                               68946-69018                       $27,384.94

Noxious Weed                                  69019-69025                       $3,240.30

Health Department                           69026-69042                       $6,738.01

Rooks County Golf Course              69043                                    $170.07

                GRAND TOTAL                                                              $37,533.32

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the monthly fee reports for both the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Fund.  Poore made a motion to accept both reports from the Road & Bridge Department and The Sanitation Fund.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.

Bouchey presented the October fuel bids as follows:

                Midland Marketing – $15,010.60

                Farmers Union – $14,789.50

                Bosselman – $14,514.50

The low bid from Bosselman’s of $14,514.50 was accepted.

Ruder made a motion to sign the Landfill check in the amount of $11,740.20 for receipts received to be deposited.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.

Bouchey reported Dale Gager has decided to retire.  His retirement date will be January 24, 2019. 

Bouchey presented the billing from the re-manufacturing and rental of the CAT dozer.  The original bid was for $142,500.00.  A ripper was added onto the machine as well for approximately $14,000.00 and the rental came to $13,000.00.  The total bill came to $172,653.12 with a 20% discount on the rental.  The Commissioners had agreed to help pay this expense.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to pay $125,000.00 of the total bill out of the Commissioner’s Equipment Fund.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Bouchey said he had been looking into dump trucks as the oldest ones are using too much oil every day, and the repairs have been quite costly.  Bouchey also mentioned that Berry Equipment has bought Sellers, and he will be trying to get Berry to hold up Rooks County’s contracts (DL300 wheel loader) that had been started with Sellers. 

Bouchey mentioned his department has started their five-day 8-hour schedule as of this week. 

Some road concerns were discussed.  Water springs have been coming up through some roads, causing holes in the rock.  Also, Poore mentioned a road that has turned to powder already.  Bouchey said the department will be finishing up on 12/A Road and moving to Roads 26-28 most likely after the first of the year. 

The cement crusher is about half-way done.  Bouchey’s department has put some large cement rocks at the Webster Lake tubes, but hasn’t used any of the crushed cement yet.  The vendor is hauling his share out daily. 

Bouchey has put an ad in the paper explaining that Osborne County will no longer take ‘shiny’ paper for recycling.  Bouchey is advertising so residents know to put only cardboard and regular paper in the recycling truck. 

The Commissioners continued to finish the weekly vouchers.  And, with no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn.  Poore seconded the motion, and Hagan agree. 

Adopted this 26th day of November, 2018




John Ruder Chairman                                                                     ATTEST:


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Larry Poore, Member                                                                     Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk



Corky Hagan, Member