September 24, 2019
The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session. Those present were 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, and the agenda was approved.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, discussed building maintenance at the jail. Knight also mentioned that Stockton City had purchased three vehicles for the police/sheriff department today. They will be picked up next week. Uniforms and guns have been ordered for the new deputies, and a light bar may need to be purchased.
Knight requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, and to include the County Clerk in the session for information. Ruder made a motion to go into executive session between 9:07 am and 9:12 am for the purpose of non-elected personnel/job performance. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor. Gary Knight, Sheriff; and Ruthmary Muir, County Clerk, were also present. After returning to regular session, there was no further discussion.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, was present. He was a little early to the meeting as he was heading out to patch asphalt on the Red Line Road. Bouchey presented several applications for the openings in his department. The applications were reviewed, and Bouchey will fill three positions within the department as soon as possible. Some inter-department changes are still being discussed with the employees.
The Commissioners passed on some road concerns. Bouchey said the patching on the Damar blacktop was completed last week.
Bouchey reported that his pickup is getting repaired.
Bouchey mentioned he has one employee with a workmen compensation claim.
The minutes of September 17th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of September 17th with a couple of minor corrections. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes. Ruder seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.
The Commissioners reported a quiet week. Hagan has a NWKS Planning and Development meeting on Wednesday, September 26th. He will not be able to attend the KNRC meeting in Dodge City due to a scheduled appointment. Balthazor reminded the Board about the Fly-In at the airport on Friday, September 27th. Also, Balthazor may attend some of the Vision Leadership classes that start on October 2nd. There are eight (8) people enrolled for these classes. Ruder reported that he had a couple of phone meetings with Red Bud Village about some minor issues. Board meeting with the Red Bud Village is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th.
Two thank-you cards were received. A card was received from the Stockton High School Cross Country Team thanking Rooks County for letting them host a meet at the Rooks County Golf Course. A thank-you card was received from Dee Thornburg, thanking the County for her job benefits and opportunities. Thornburg is retiring. Balthazor also mentioned he had received a thank-you from a farmer for some road work that had been done around the farmer’s residence and fields.
The County Clerk presented two contracts from Nex-Tech for internet Subscription Renewal. One contract was for the current internet services of 15/15 megs per second at the cost of $59.95 per month. Another contract was added to upgrade to 50/50 megs per second for $109.95 per month. After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to sign the second contract to upgrade the Courthouse internet speed to 50/50 megs per second at the cost of $109.95 per month. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. The County Clerk will sign the contract and return to Nex-Tech.
A short break was taken to enjoy some refreshments and cake, and visit with Dee Thornburg for her retirement.
As the meeting re-convened, Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, asked the Commissioners for any information they would want for the upcoming renewal process for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Poore will gather some figures from the past five years for review and discussion.
Commissioner Hagan requested an executive session for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Ruder made a motion to go into executive session between 10:22 am and 10:30 am for the purpose of non-elected personnel. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor. Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion.
Hagan made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed.
September 24, 2019
County General 71306-71331 $31,240.10
Noxious Weed 71332-71333 $256.57
Sheriff Equipment Reserve 71334 $6,975.00
Health Department 71335-71345 $8,405.12
Insurance Claims Reimbursement 71346-71347 $2,205.84
GRAND TOTAL $49,082.63
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Adopted this 30th day of September, 2019
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk