October 29

October 29, 2019


The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.  The agenda was approved with the addition of Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff. 

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, reported that the door handle on the old International refrigerator located on the first floor in the assembly room is broke.  Courthouse employees are having to use a screwdriver to open the door.  Garcia has found a 14 cubic feet refrigerator at Carmicheal’s in Plainville for $679.00 to replace this refrigerator.  Ruder made a motion to allow Garcia to purchase the new refrigerator at Carmicheal’s in Plainville in the amount of $679.00.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, updated the Commission about a meeting he had with the Stockton City Administrator.   The city policemen/woman will move their work location to the Rooks County jail on November 1st.  Sheriff Knight will manage and train them, but they will still be paid by the city.  Lauren Tucker, the newest city policewoman, will begin with Rooks County on December 1st as she will be considered a county employee at the academy.  The other policemen will be County employees on January 1st as per the contract with Stockton City.  Knight is still short one deputy, and hoping to get some applications in. 

Knight said the inter-pol web-site has not been working.  The sheriff’s department is under contract with the Hutchinson Newspaper that runs the website.  They are working on it to get fixed, but Knight mentioned maybe wanting out of the contract because they can’t seem to get the web-site going. 

Knight has not received any quotes as of yet for the radiant heaters.

Knight mentioned he and Under-sheriff Chad Sterling will be attending the KSA conference next week. 

The minutes of the meeting from October 22nd were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a few minor adjustments.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  After the minutes were corrected, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes of October 22nd.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan said he had talked with the Health Department Administrator.  The elevator at the Health Department is now fixed.  The repairs did not have anything to do with the smoke detector as first thought.  Thyssenkrupp Elevator Company knocked down their $1,000.00 billing to $200.00 because they did not find the fix to the mother board the first time they checked. 

Hagan plans to attend the NWK Planning and Development meeting in Hill City on Wednesday evening.  The annual meeting for NWK P & D is scheduled for November 21st

Balthazor reported he had traveled some roads and checked some culverts.  A lot of the culvers need cleaned, and Balthazor would like to put the culverts on a maintenance schedule. 

Balthazor had attended and gave updates from the Economic Development meeting the night before.  Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, is wanting to replace the high-mileage vehicle he is currently using.  He has looked at a 2016 Ford Explorer at a local vendor with 87,000 miles on it.  Hrabe would then put the current vehicle at the airport to replace the old one that is kept there that is in terrible shape.  Other Economic Development news:

  • Four new business activities over the last several months
  • Jon Schallert, a representative of Destination Bootcamp, is planning a workshop in Rooks County next year
  • Rooks County E-Community will partner with Ellis County E-Community and Grow Hays to offer a Growing Rural Business Class (an 8-week class to be held in Hays)

Balthazor had also attended the LEPC meeting.  A new date has been set for the exercise being planned for the courthouse.  A tabletop discussion will be held first to get started. 

LEPC had elections of officers, retaining the current office-holders – Bill Dibble, Woodston, is the current president.  LEPC will be working on updating their by-laws.  Palco City is planning on building a large city building with plans to house the ambulance. 

Ruder mentioned the dirt work should be starting at the airport for the building that will house the snow-removal equipment.  The building is funded by a 90% grant through the FAA.  The airport board has not been able to get a bid on the snow-removal equipment due to the strict FAA rules and regulations. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the Neighborhood Revitalization notice of hearing.  The hearing will be held at the November 18th Board of Commissioner’s meeting at 10:00 am.  The purpose of the public hearing is to consider whether or not to renew the open application period for the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for an additional three-year period expiring December 31, 2022.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit a check received from the State of Kansas in the amount of $1,000.00 for rent of the Water Resources Building.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

With no further business to transact, Ruder reminded the board about meeting on Thursday, October 31st to approve end-of-the-month vouchers and payroll.  Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Adopted this 5th day of November, 2019




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



    Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk