April 19


APRIL 19, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following commissioners 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.  Chairman Ruder brought the meeting to order, and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved with the addition of Kayla Hilbrink.

Butch Post, Emergency Management, had talked to the County Fire Chiefs and they would all like to continue the burn ban another week.  Ruder made a motion to extend Resolution 2022-R6 another week until April 26th.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Kayla Hilbrink was present to discuss the condition of the Rooks County Golf Course.  The Plainville Golf Team had hosted a tournament the previous day, and Hilbrink reported eight communities in attendance.  She said she was disappointed in the conditions of the course as an asset to the County.  Hilbrink urged the Board to support the course and continue to produce a nice property to use as a beneficial property.   

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of April 12th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of April 12th as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of April 12th.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder announced that a new sanitarian has been hired for the North Central LEPG District.  Smith County is the lead on this program, and they facilitate the business.  Ruder put in a phone call to Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator, to let her know about the new hire.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the farm lease with Steve and Ryan Hageman for the landfill property.  Balthazor made a motion to approve and sign the farm lease.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Equipment discussion:  two motor graders are in Concordia for repairs.  The water truck is at Bruckner’s with a heavy oil leak.  He thought the repairs would take about three weeks.  The new Tiger mower was in the shop last week.  The wiring on the tractor had been chewed by varmints.   Another grader is in the county shop getting the steering pump repaired.  A rail will be put into the newer truck presently at I-70 Truck Repair. 

Some of the crew is working on clearing cotton wood trees in the fence lines on Q Road, and the fencing still needs to be finished at the site where the new bridge was put in.  Some e-waste was picked up at the Rooks County Free Fair Office. 

Bouchey still plans to attend the Northwest County Officials (Little KAC) in Colby the following day.  Balthazor and Berland are unable to attend. 

More discussion was held about water trucks and ripper blades.

Bouchey mentioned that his employee John Hance will be retiring on May 1st

Ruder made a motion to sign a check that needed re-issued due to the original not getting cashed.  Check number 76405 in the amount of $3,964.77 made out to Central Kansas Library Systems was approved and signed.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

In weekly reports, Berland reported travelling some of the Logan Road, reporting it being very rough and dusty in the area where the road crew had laid new rock.  It needs water in that area. 

Balthazor had travelled some county roads reporting them rough and dirty.  He had not received any calls on road concerns.  Balthazor had visited with Steve Johnson who is running for State Treasurer as Johnson was in-county to visit and campaign.  Balthazor reported on the Economic Development meeting he had attended. 

The Commissioners discussed the need of a feasibility study for the Red Bud Nursing Facility.  The Red Bud finance committee had announced that they had received $180,000 from HHS Federal monies, which will help with the USDA financing and grant cycle.  The feasibility study will cost $140,000.  The committee has come up with one-half of that and was asking the County for support.  The feasibility study will take approximately two months to complete.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to issue $70,000 to the Plainville Community Foundation – $50,000 to come out of the Commissioner’s budgeted line item for the Assisted Living Complex and $20,000 to come out of the Commissioner’s budgeted line item for the Nursing Facility.  The total of $70,000 will be reimbursed back to the County upon approval of financing from the USDA.  The $70,000 will go towards the feasibility study for the Rooks County Nursing Facility building owned by Rooks County.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

An email was received from Randy Hrabe, with Northwest KS Planning & Development, outlining where all the grant funding is going – 40% of all the funding is in eastern counties. 

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

                April 19, 2022

County General                77770-77804                       24,293.62

Noxious Weed                  77805-77808                       1,642.28

County Clerk Equip           77809                                    196.00

Health Department            77810-77816                       2,633.53

Rooks County Golf           77817-77820                       1,992.45

DARE Fund                       77821                                    499.60

                GRAND TOTAL                                          31,257.48

As the Commissioners reviewed the vouchers, April Brown, Rooks County Register of Deeds, was asked to come in to explain one of her vouchers to the Board.  The voucher was then approved. 

The Commissioners asked about the status/progress of the tax sale.  Danielle Muir, Rooks County Attorney, made a call to the Board to report she could throw in one more year on the sale.  The Board told her to go ahead and add the extra year.  Danielle Muir thought this will take approximately sixty days.

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



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                              


Greg Balthazor, Member                                                                                                                                                                            


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk