September 17


September 17, 2019

The Rooks County 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.  Chairman Ruder asked all to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved as presented. 

Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, discussed the fall spraying – the price of the chemicals and the amount of acres that will be sprayed.  Nutrien Ag had presented the low bid of $37.19 per gallon for Tordon chemical, which comes to $3.50 per acre.  Klein asked the board to reduce the price of the chemical $1.00 per acre to help the farmers, as they are already struggling with commodity prices.  Ruder made a motion to do the fall spraying at $2.50 per acre for 30,000 acres.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Klein also reported about working a 12-hour shift at the Kansas State Fair at the Noxious Weed booth. 

The minutes of September 10th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to accept the September 10th minutes as presented.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign a check for deposit in the amount of $2,850.55 received for the sale of a golf cart that had been listed as surplus property at the Golf Course.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  The check will be deposited into the Rooks County Golf Course Miscellaneous Income Fund. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, discussed building maintenance items at the jail.  Knight and Courtney Flower, Stockton City Manager, will be attending one of the new deputies’ graduation from the academy.  Also, Knight said he had not received any new information about the tower that was damaged and blown down during the last wind storm. 

A phone call was received from James Carlson, with Kansas Natural Resource Coalition, urging the Commissioners to attend the upcoming meeting which will contain a briefing on the on-going litigation.  Print-outs were received for the Commissioner’s review containing KNRC’s Agenda and Member Activity Summary.  Commissioner Hagan had been keeping up with this group and attending the meetings.  After the phone call, Hagan recommended that Rooks County not join the coalition, as Rooks County does not have any lesser prairie chickens within the boundaries, and the litigation and other projects seem to be getting taken care of with the current government leaders.

In weekly reports, Hagan reported about the Northwest Kansas County Officials Fall Meeting held on September 11th at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.  Hagan, along with Commissioners Balthazor and the Road & Bridge Supervisor.  Several vendors were there along with the area’s representatives and senator. 

Balthazor had attended two more meetings during the week.  The NW KS Juvenile Justice and Community Corrections meetings were not well attended, and there was not enough for a quorum.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the monthly fuel bids as follows.  The low bid from Midland Marketing was accepted. 

                Midland Marketing – unleaded diesel – $11,934.00

                Farmers Union – unleaded diesel – $11,990.00

                Bosselman – no bid received

Ruder made a motion to sign the Landfill check for deposit in the amount of $9,841.60 received for cash and charge receipts.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Hagan made a motion to accept the August fee reports from both the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Department.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey reported he has received a couple of job applications and will continue to accept more.  He has received some inter-department change forms as well. 

Road concerns were discussed.  Ruder asked how long the rock is piled before being laid.  Bouchey answered that it depends on the weather and grader-man.  The department tries to get the rock laid quickly.  Bouchey said he is prepared to be on the Damar blacktop to asphalt by Thursday of this week. 

The equipment is holding up.  The landfill crew is observing the 953 crawler loader as they have flushed water out of the oil.  The board discussed the trucks and a lease program with Bruckners Municipal government sales lease program. 

At 10:00 am, Ruder opened a public hearing for the Solid Waste 5-Year Plan.  There was no public in attendance.  The Solid Waste Committee consists of:  Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor; Corky Hagan, County Commissioner; Joel Collins, Plainville City Trash Supervisor; Courtney Flower, Stockton City Manager; and Butch Post, Rooks County Emergency Director.  With no questions presented, Ruder closed the public hearing.  Ruder made a motion to sign resolution 2019-R8 adopting the Rooks County 5-year Solid Waste Management Plan.




WHEREAS,           The Rooks County Commissioner has available said Solid Waste Management plan

                                For public view and comment; and

WHEREAS,           The Rooks County Commissioner has approved said Solid Waste Management plan with a majority vote and a quorum present; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:  The Governing Body of Rooks County, Kansas hereby certifies its adoption of the Solid Waste Management Plan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:  The Governing Body of Rooks County, Kansas hereby certifies that such versions of the Rooks County Solid Waste Management Plan are true, correct, and complete copies of said solid waste management reports; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:  The Governing Body of Rooks County, Kansas hereby requests that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment approve said Rooks County Solid Waste Planning Authority Solid Waste Management Plan.




John Ruder                                                                   JOHN RUDER, CHAIRMAN


Corky Hagan                                                                CORKY HAGAN – COMMISSIONER


Gregory Balthazor                                                  GREG BALTHAZOR – COMMISSIONER


Balthazor requested an executive session for non-elected personnel with the Road & Bridge Supervisor in attendance.   Ruder made a motion to go into executive for five minutes between 10:06 am and 10:11 am.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor; and Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Roque Garcia, Rooks County Custodian, presented job applications he had received for the advertised full-time position in his department.  His current full-time employee, Dee Thornburg, will be retiring on September 24th.  After reviewing the applications, the Commissioners approved hiring Garcia’s recommendation: Sheryl Cundiff at $10.75 per hour. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, reported on the IAAO Conference she had attended.  Poore thanked the Commissioners for the opportunity to go to the conference.  Poore had presented, and discussed the very interesting, different classes she had attended. 

Poore said her department is finished with data and land analysis.  She reported residence sales are up 10% in Stockton City; 6% in Plainville City; and 9% in Palco City.  She plans to use a 4% trend for this year. 

A letter had been received from the Director of the Division of Property Valuation reporting the Rooks County Appraiser has met the statistical performance standards established for the residential class of property.  These include the overall level of appraisal (measured by the median ratio) and uniformity within the property class.  The commercial/industrial class of property also met the appraisal level requirement.  However, the commercial/industrial property class did not meet the appraisal uniformity requirement.  PVD staff will meet with the County appraiser to evaluate in detail the 2018 Real Estate Appraisal/Sales Ratio Study and discuss any actions which may be needed to address the areas of concern. 

Poore has been approached to be on some State level committees with BOTA.  She has also been asked to serve on some IAAO Committees.   The Commissioners said this would be okay, using her own time. 

In conclusion, Poore reported about the State wanting to have districts for appraisers.  She is thinking they are pushing for three or four counties per district, and asked the Board to discuss this issue with the legislators. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, and Gail Gibbs, Dispatch Supervisor, were present to discuss purchase cards for his department.  Some research had been done, and Gibbs will do some more calling as well.  The Sheriff’s Department is currently using credit cards listed with the Under-sheriff, and they are wanting to get a more secure and detailed program for the employees to use. 

Ruder signed a letter to Gilbarco Inc., a supply company that the airport uses.  The company was needing a tax exemption form from the County, and the letter stating the airport is an entity of Rooks County. 

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

                September 17, 2019

County General                                 71218-71249                       $23,766.98

Road & Bridge                                   71250-71275                       $44,184.08

Health Department                             71276-71286                       $6,779.24

Rooks County Nursing Facility             71287                                       $3.13

Sanitation                                            71288-71298                       $3,886.79

Rooks County Golf Course                 71299-71301                          $614.04

Economic Development Ex TR           71302-71303                           $161.79

Sales Tax                                        71304                                    $259,275.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                             $338,671.05


Ruder reported the Rooks County Men’s Golf Association will be hosting a golf tournament the end of the month.  A notice to the township board was signed to notify the township board that the application has been filed with the County Commissioners to sell cereal malt beverages. 

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

Adopted this 24th 2day of September, 2019



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                              


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk