April 5

COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS

April 5, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder; and Member, Tim Berland.  Member Greg Balthazor was absent due to an illness.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present. 

On March 22nd, the Commissioners were informed that a Declaration of Disaster was needed for fires that had started throughout the County.  The Commissioners were notified individually, and all agreed that a declaration needed signed.  The Emergency Preparedness Manager gathered the signatures and Resolution 2022-R5 and Proclamation was signed and attested as follows:

RESOLUTION 2022 R 5

AND PROCLAMATION

PROCLAMATION OF A State of Local Disaster Emergency for Rooks County, Kansas;

WHEREAS, on the 22nd day of March, 2022 the Board of Commissioners of Rooks County, Kansas finds that certain conditions have caused, or imminently threaten to cause wide-spread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property in disaster proportion in Rooks County, Kansas;

WHEREAS the grasslands and croplands of Rooks County, Kansas form an important part of our economy and provide for protection of watersheds, forage for livestock, refuge for wildlife, and recreational opportunities.  Wildfires endanger these resources, real and personal property, and the lives of residents and visitors in these areas.  Extremely dry and windy weather conditions have created an extreme fire hazard in the grassland and cropland of Rooks County, Kansas.  The fire danger is “extreme” in Rooks County. 

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of Commissioners of Rooks County, Kansas;

that the Board of Rooks County Commissioners, under and by virtue of the authority vested in it by K.S.A. 2005 Supp. 48-932, does hereby PROCLAIM that a State of Local Disaster Emergency exists. 

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED AND PROCLAIMED that the area within the border of Rooks County, Kansas covered by this proclamation/resolution is the entire area of Rooks County, Kansas.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said Board has all rights and/or powers to perform such functions as are vested in said Board by and through the provisions of the Kansas Emergency Preparedness Act of 1975. 

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED AND PROCLAIMED that this resolution shall remain in effect for a period of seven (7) days unless terminated earlier or renewed by consent of the governing body. 

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF ROOKS COUNTY COMMISSINERS THIS 22nd DAY OF MARCH, 2022.

ROOKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

John Ruder

John Ruder, Chairman

                                                                                                                ATTEST:

Greg Balthazor

Greg Balthazor, Member                                                                        Ruthmary Muir

                                                                                                                Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk

Tim Berland

Tim Berland, Member

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Manager, was present to inform the Board that the State has gone back to an endemic (normal) state, so Rooks County Commissioners could cease Resolution 2020-R4 that was in effect until rescinded.  This resolution involved public health emergency with Covid-19.  Ruder made a motion to rescind Resolution 2020-R4 COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.  Berland seconded the motion. 

Post was concerned about the wind and weather conditions and asked the Board to pre-sign a declaration form due to fire and wind conditions that have been predicted.  If an emergency does come to pass, Post would be able to get supplies and airplanes to help with the crisis sooner.  Ruder made a motion to pre-sign Resolution 2022-R_____concerning potential disaster with fires.  Berland seconded the motion. 

Post said he has talked to the county fire chiefs and they are requesting a burn ban.  Ruder made a motion to sign Resolution 2022-R6 for a county-wide burn ban.  Berland seconded this motion. 

RESOLUTION 2022 R6

PROCLAMATION OF THE STATE OF LOCAL DISASTER EMERGENCY

FOR ROOKS COUNTY, KANSAS

NOW UPON THIS 5th day of April, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners of Rooks County, Kansas, are met in regular session with a quorum present, and

                WHEREAS the grasslands and croplands of Rooks County, Kansas form an important part of our economy, and provide for protection of watersheds, forage for livestock, refuge for wildlife, and recreational opportunities.  Wildfires endanger these resources, real and personal property, and the lives of residents and visitors in these areas.  Extremely dry and windy weather conditions have created an extreme fire hazard in the grassland and cropland of Rooks County, Kansas.  Once fires are started, they are very difficult to control and strain volunteer fire department manpower and resources.  The fire danger is “extreme” in this county.  The dry conditions and fire danger will continue unabated until sufficient rainfall occurs across the area.

                NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY proclaimed, directed, and ordered by the Board of County Commissioners of Rooks County, Kansas, pursuant to K.S.A. 48-932, that a state of local disaster emergency exists for the above reasons and that the following acts are prohibited within boundaries of this county by all citizens and visitors:

  • Careless use of smoking materials, including cigarettes, cigars, and smoking pipes. Discard shall be in a manner to preclude fire threat from smoldering remains.
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using any open fire or campfire except in permanent stoves or fireplaces, or barbeque grills in developed recreational sites or residential areas.
  • Prescribed burning of all fence rows, fields, wild lands ravines, trash, and debris.
  • Outdoor use of all other fires and devices, including fireworks, for any reason.

              A willful violation of this order shall constitute a Class A Misdemeanor, according to K.S.A. 48-939, and any person convicted of such violation shall be punished as provided by law.  The Rooks County Clerk shall immediately notify Rooks County’s emergency management coordinator, law enforcement officers, and fire officials of this order; and shall also notify both print and radio media representatives who normally cover Rooks County.

                This Proclamation shall be in full force and effect for a period of seven (7) days to the 12th day of April, 2022, unless terminated earlier or renewed by the consent of the governing body.

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF ROOKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THIS 5th day of April, 2022. 

ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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John Ruder, Chairman                                                                           

____________________________________

Tim Berland, Member

___________________________________

Greg Balthazor, Member

ATTEST:                                                                                                                                                                                                           r

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Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk   

Post held discussion about legislation that has been coming down for year-round fire work sales. 

Ruder asked Post about the County’s mobile generator and whether it could be utilized for water wells in case of emergencies.  Post said a generator used for that purpose would need to be a 3-phase generator.  Rooks County’s generator is not a 3-phase model. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of March 29th and March 31st.  Ruder made a motion to approve the March 29th minutes with a small correction and the March 31st minutes as approved.  Berland seconded the motion.  After the minutes were printed, Berland made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of March 29th and the minutes of March 31st as well.  Ruder seconded this motion.   

In weekly reports, Berland mentioned that residents were recovering from the recent fires.  The local firefighters had worked around the clock for three days at the fire near Berland’s residence.  Berland had not had many concerned calls about roads.  The Logan Road is getting some work done by the crews.  Berland had missed the zoom meeting with NWK Planning and Development. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the March fee reports for both the Road & Bridge Department and the Landfill.  These were reviewed and initialed as approved.

Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit a check in the amount of $11,634.10 to the Landfill for cash and receipts.  Berland seconded the motion.

Bouchey presented employment papers for a new-hire: Eric Biggs.  He started work on March 25th and will be working alongside Gail Strutt in the shop.

Bouchey and the Board held discussion about an agreement received from KDOT stating the County Zurich blacktop cost-share program will do seven miles.  Ruder made a motion to sign the agreement with KDOT for the cost-share program for the seven miles going north from K18 on the Zurich blacktop. 

Bouchey presented a utility agreement between NexTech and Rooks County for a utility line from Damar to a newly built house south of Damar in Section 5-9-20.  Ruder made a motion to sign this agreement, and Berland seconded the motion.

Bouchey mentioned he plans to attend an information meeting with KDOT to be held on April 11th in Hays.

Bouchey has been in contact with the company in Wichita that did the welding on the new dump truck.  Nothing has been settled as far as making decisions as to how to fix the cracked frame. 

Bouchey is preparing to go to Topeka to check out the oil distributor. 

There was discussion about the heavily travelled roads.  The bridge crew is working on trees at O/Q Road as a prelude to rocking in that area. 

Information was received about a Teams meeting to be held Monday, April 11th at 1:00 pm concerning the resignation of Sherry Koster as sanitarian for North Central Kansas Local Environmental Planning Group.  There will be discussion about what the next steps are and what the options are as per the Interlocal agreement.  Ruder plans to join the meeting.

The Commissioners received guidelines from the Rooks County Airport Commission stating anyone engaged in agricultural aircraft operations specifically aerial application of chemicals shall obtain a permit issued by Rooks County under the authority of the Rooks County Airport Commission.  The County Clerk signed the permit. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the Special event Retailer’s Permit License granting Justin Casey to sell at retail cereal malt beverages for consumption on the premises at the Rooks County Golf Course for the golf tournament to be held on April 30th.  Berland seconded the motion. 

A mail-in ballot was received from the Kansas Association of Counties for an association to be admitted as an affiliate member to the KAC.  Berland made a motion to vote “yes” on the special mail-in ballot for the Kansas County Human Resource Association to be admitted to the Kansas Association of County as an affiliate member.  Ruder seconded the motion. 

Ruder asked the County Clerk to ask the Loyd Group, with the ARPA funding, questions about whether Rooks County is able to use the ARPA funds to do an architectural and feasibility study for a new building.  Other questions to be asked would be about the needs of the Sheriff and the HVAC needed for the Rooks County 4-H building. 

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

ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

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John Ruder, Chairman

                                                                                                                ATTEST:

_____________________________________

Greg Balthazor, Member                                                              _________________________________

                                                                                                                Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk

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Tim Berland, Member