April 4


April 4, 2023

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder, and Members Tim Berland and Kayla Hilbrink. Laura Montgomery, County Clerk, was present to record the minutes.  Virgie Laska was present to write a report for Stockton Sentinel. Ruder called the meeting to order and asked all to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance

The agenda was accepted as presented.

Butch Post, EMD was in to discuss the Oakley exercise. He discussed the dry, windy weather for the next couple of days. Rooks County is in a high wind warning. The fire chiefs have offered some mutual aid to other counties but don’t want to send all of the county’s resources. He wanted to clear it with the commissioners to leave and assist if needed. Berland asked if we need a burn ban, Post said no because there is a burn policy in place.

The commissioners reviewed the minutes from March 28th and March 31st. Ruder made a motion to approve with March 28th and March 31st minutes with corrections. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.

Hilbrink weekly report: fast quick and quiet.

Berland weekly report: He didn’t hear from anyone. Couldn’t get in on the NW KS P&D meeting.

Ruder weekly report: He had a Redbud meeting on Thursday. Census is down a little bit but it is still breaking even. There have been no building problems. They still have two on contract, a nurse and LPN.

Rich Bouchey, Road Supervisor, weekly report: Presented the commissioners with the monthly fuel bid. The commission accepted  the monthly fuel bid from Bosselman Fuel in the amount of $15,645.00 or 3.129 per gallon for diesel and $21,363.00 or 2.859 per gallon for unleaded. The fuel is for the tanks at the shop.

Bouchey and the commissioners discussed purchasing an excavator. Bouchey still likes the bid from Caterpillar out of Concordia. He brought more information for a used excavator. The bid he brought last week from Cat has a full warranty for the first year then we can purchase an extended warranty. Bouchey really needs the excavater because of the jobs he has lined up this year. The bid is $175,500 with trade in, it has 3199 hours on it. The excavator we have now was purchased in 2010 for $94,000. The engine was replaced in 2012. Bouchey and commissioners discussed purchasing the excavator outright vs financing. Bouchey said he has the following to pay this year: Mobil Air Generator for the shop $20,000, the loan on payloader is $77,000 and the green water truck for $20,000. Berland made a motion to purchase the excavator from Foley Cat in the amount of $175,500 with the trade in. The county will finance the full amount for 5-years at 4.65% with Astra Bank. Ruder second the motion. Hilbrink agreed.

Commissioners and Bouchey discussed work to be done this week and equipment.  Bouchey is preparing for the spring clean-up at the landfill.  They are going to stack the tires on the ground, then someone will come and remove them. He has been to the schools to find help to clean up the blowing trash along Highway 183. Spring clean is April 29th, all day. 

The commissioners asked Bouchey to fix and grade the main driveway at the golf course.

Received in the mail a check from the State of Kansas for rent on the Water Resource Building. Ruder made a motion to accept and endorse the check in the amount of $1,000.00.  Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.

Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non- elected personnel from 10:31 am to 10:41 am with himself, Hilbrink and Berland. Upon return to open session there was no further discussion.

K-Camp was here last week and walked through the properties the county owns for insurance assessment. The commissioners reviewed the report sent to the county clerk.

Hilbrink presented the 2022 financial report from City of Stockton for the ambulance.

Ruder made a motion to review and sign weekly vouchers as follows. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.

April 4 2023    WARRANTS  TOTAL
3-010-00-9002 County General  80311-80314                   $16,498.99


Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes, from 10:55 to 11:55 am with the three commissioners, himself, Hilbrink and Berland and Clerk Montgomery and Deputy Clerk Correna Swaney to discuss non-elected personnel.  Upon return to open session, there was no further discussion.

With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.


Adopted this 11th Day of April, 2023




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                              


Kayla Hilbrink, Member


Tim Berland, Member



  Laura Montgomery, Certified County Clerk