April 12


APRIL 12, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder; and Members, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  Ruder called the meeting to order, and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

Butch Post, Emergency Manager, had talked to the local fire chiefs and they would like to keep the fire ban going for another week.  Ruder made a motion to renew 2022-R6 for another week until April 19th.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  Post had thought the County would need to have a new resolution (disaster) for the recent ice storm, but the proclamation that the County has on file will suffice for the state emergencies for supplies, etc.   

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of April 5th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of April 5th with a small adjustment made.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.

In weekly reports, Berland had heard some road complaints and had received a listing of roads that were of concern.  He will turn the listing over to the Road Supervisor.  Berland had checked these roads out, and reported that they do need attention. 

Berland said he would be unable to attend the Northwest Kansas County Officials meeting in Colby on April 20th

Balthazor reported on the town-hall meeting held in Stockton.  The meeting was very well attended with lots of good ideas.  Balthazor said there will be an Economic Development meeting on Monday at Mott’s Steak and Chophouse at 5:00 pm. 

Ruder reported he had spoke with other Rooks County Senior board members and they had said the new administrator at Red Bud Nursing Facility was working out well.  The Rooks County Senior Services Board is also asking about getting ARPA funding for the feasibility study. 

Ruder reported on a zoom meeting held with KDHE about what options Rooks County has with the resignation of Sherry Koster as Sanitarian.  Not much information was gathered.  A new Sanitarian will need to be hired. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a corrected Landfill check in the amount of $11,634.30.  A $.20 error was noticed on the previous check by the Treasurer’s Office.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Bouchey present the monthly fuel bids for approval.  Midland Marketing received the low bid.  The bids were reviewed and approved. 

                Midland Marketing                   Diesel                    30,142.60

                                                                Unleaded                  7,116.53               Total:  37,259.13

                Farmers Union                         Diesel                    30,265.85            

                                                                 Unleaded                7,132.28               Total:  37,398.13

                Bosselman’s                             Diesel                    30,444.93

                                                                 Unleaded                 7,253.55               Total:  37,698.48

The dump truck repair maintenance was discussed.  I-70 Truck Repair in Hays is doing the temporary fixes.  Bouchey is trying to get information together to make the dialogue more understandable.  Midwest Truck Equipment, Wichita, has not been very helpful.  The Board discussed having the County Attorney resource out an attorney that knows truck repairs’ cases.

Bouchey had attended a very informative meeting the day before with personnel from KDOT concerning The Eisenhower Legacy Program and the new bi-partisan bill.  Much of the funding coming into Kansas is for transportation.  Bouchey said there was some discussion about collaborating with the State and not having the ability for the matching funds. 

Bouchey reported there has been some fuel stolen from a grader in a pit north of town. 

A new employee has been hired for the Road & Bridge Department – Eric Biggs.

Bouchey also said the new mower may arrive on this day, and his pickup is almost finished as well. 

Road concerns were discussed.  Barbara Brumbaugh, who lives on the Logan Road, was present to ask about the progress on the work being done on the Logan Road.  She discussed the liability of the school bus travelling the road several times a day and the heavy traffic from oil field personnel and farmers.  Brumbaugh asked about the road getting black-topped. 

Bouchey had received an email from Penco Engineering with a Notice and Proof of Completion to the Division of Water Resources; a Compliance Certificate for the US Corps, and an invoice in the amount of $15,000 for the final construction inspection for the Project ‘Rooks Off #20 KLBIP #82 C-5095-01’.  The email stated that this round of KLBIP projects was set up using a 90/10 reimbursement formula with a maximum cap of $200,000 which includes the removal of an additional bridge. When the Off #37 bridge is removed; and proof submitted to KDOT; then the County will receive the additional $50,000.

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

                April 12, 2022

County General                                77717-77740                       18,255.66

Road & Bridge                                   77741-77746                       18,779.46

Noxious Weed                                  77747-77751                             500.60

Health Department                           77752-77759                         3,099.06

Sanitation                                          77760-7776                          1,429.57

Rooks County Golf Course               77764                                        38.00

Economic Develop EX TR                77765-77766                           150.01

                GRAND TOTAL                                                           42,252.36

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, was present to talk with the Commissioners about her contract which includes longevity and cost of living raises.  With the new longevity scale going into effect in 2023, Poore would receive a longevity raise both this year and next year.  If a cost-of-living raise was added, she would be making over $60,000.  Poore wanted the Board to be aware of this and she is preparing her budget to allow for the changes. 

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



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                              


Greg Balthazor, Member                                                                                                                                                                             


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk