August 30


August 30, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder, and Members, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland. Laura Montgomery, County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgie Laska was present to write the minutes 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

Lori Eichman, County Health Nurse, informed the commissioners that the work on the health department building has been completed, however she is still waiting on prices for new awnings. She asked for permission to hire on contract someone to do the billing for the COVID vaccine. This will be for the administration fee only and should take a couple of weeks. Ruder made a motion to allow Lori Eichman to hire someone temporally to do the billing for administration fees for the COVID vaccines.  Balthazor second the motion and Berland. Ruder made a motion to allow flu shots for the county employees and their family as in the past. The commissioner would pay for anything the insurance doesn’t cover. Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

The County Treasurer has an employee whose spouse has tested positive for COVID. It is the Health Nurse’s opinion that anyone who has symptoms stay home 5 days and then another 5 days symptom free. For employees who has household contact, it is recommended to wear a mask for 10 days regardless if there is a shield guard. If they start showing signs & symptoms to get tested and stay home. Masks are recommended but not required. The commissioners said they will follow the County Health Nurse’s recommendation.

Ruder made a motion to approve the August 23rd minutes with changes. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

Butch Post, Emergency Manager, called to talk to the commissioner about the security alarm at the courthouse. In regards to the e-mail he had sent to the commissioners, he didn’t need to purchase radio. Zac Brown, custodian, ordered pepper spray to replace the ones in the courthouse because they have expired. The commissioners will pay for pepper spray. Brown & Post will update all employee phone numbers for the security system alert. Post is working on showing Brown what needs to be done for security system maintenance.

Julie Cole, Rooks County Ambulance Director, informed the commissioners the contract and deed to purchase the Fabricius property in Plainville was signed yesterday. The EMS Fund made the purchase. They are still waiting on the sign contract for the lot to the west. The EMS is asking the county to waive the interest on the property as it is several years delinquent. The EMS will pay all back taxes due. Ruder made a motion to waive the interest on the property at 413 W Mill for the Rooks County EMS in the amount of $2,407.00 plus any interest accruing until all documents and/or deeds have been recorded.  Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

Berland weekly report: The bridge at Damar has been finished. He hasn’t had too many complaints about the roads. Damar is having a Labor Day celebration. The commissioners talked about the rain received in the county last Saturday.

Rich Bouchey, Road Supervisor, weekly report: There isn’t much going on. They are laying down rock on 24 Road and 25 Road and will probably start rocking north of Woodston. Bouchey talked about roads being sanded and rocked. Some rain would really help with the road conditions.

The Fiat frontend loader is in the shop with a bad transmission. The commissioners asked if he could replace the frontend loader with a backhoe. Bouchey said the backhoe is too small to use. There are transmission shops in Missouri that would be able to work on it but probably can’t get the parts.  Bouchey will start looking for a new frontend loader to replace the one with the bad transmission.

The water trucks are coming along, and he is about ready to get the red one out of the shop so it can be used. They discussed what is still needing to be done. 

Bouchey said he will be replacing a bridge and take out another bridge out of the system – to get some more federal money. He is going to closed the bridge out by Woodston. People will need to go around about ½ mile. It is the lowest ranking bridge. It is a historical bridge can’t be removed. The bridge is being used now but will be closed when the other bridge on J Road is upgraded.

Commissioners and Bouchey discussed bridges and roads out by Woodston and what will need to be done.

They discussed weeds growing along the edge of the road and along guard rails and equipment used to trim the weeds.

Ruder asked if Bouchey had received any more applications. Bouchey said no. 

Berland talked to Klein about areas not getting sprayed. Klein said he will start spraying for Johnson grass out by Berland’s area. 

Bouchey reminded the commissioners about the NWKS Highway meeting coming up in Graham County on Sept 21st.

Heather Poore, County Appraiser, said she needs a motion to hire someone. Ruder made a motion to hire someone to fill the open position in her office. The motion was second by Berland and approved by Balthazor. She is going to send herself and two of her staff to a class in Hays on November 17th and 18th. The cost is $520 per person.

Poore had a hearing with Midland Marketing last week. He is now asking for the personal property to be removed from the commercial property. Appraiser is against this. It is unwise to deduct equipment without directive from PDV.

Berland made a motion to sign the August 23 minutes. Ruder second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

Received in the mail, capital credit notice from Western Coop.

Ruder made a motion to sign the approved budgets for the department heads and taxing entities. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

Balthazor made a motion for the commissioners to pay out of their fund the VLS bill for the testing of the repeaters on the towers. Ruder second the motion and Berland agreed.

Received a letter from the County Attorney in regards to county audit.

David Griffin wants to put up wind turbines on NW 13-9-16 in Corning Township. Montgomery had visited with Roger Hrabe and he isn’t aware of any restrictions. The commissioners said they didn’t have any issues with the request as there isn’t any county restrictions, they are aware of, and he will still need to get approval from the FAA.

April Brown, Register of Deeds, has hired a new employee.

Ruder made a motion to review and approve the weekly vouchers and monthly payroll as follows:  Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

FUND                        VOUCHERS         EMPLE BEN                         GROSS PAY                         TOTAL

GENERAL                 177,552.80           40,872.49                             148,629.72                       367,055.01

ROAD & BRIDGE      73,193.45                                                             70,445.94                      143,639.39

NOXIOUS WEED        7,840.38                                                               7,682.15                        15,522.53

R&B SPECIAL IMPR    21075.00                                                                                                   21,075.00

SHERIFF EQUIP            3,920.00                                                                                                    3,920.00

HEALTH DEPT                8,778.90              4,542.09                              26,025.97                        39,346.96

SANITATION                    6270.64                                                             8,858.62                       15,129.26

GOLF COURSE                 131.00                                                             1,855.20                         1,986.20

RCED                               3,696.49                 830.72                                4,686.50                         9,213.71

INSURANCE CLAIMS      8,745.85                                                                                                   8,745.85

TOTALS                         311,204.51           46,245.30                            268,184.10                    625,633.91



FUND                         VOUCHERS         EMPLE BEN                         GROSS PAY                         TOTAL

GENERAL                    249,075.33           40,872.49                             148,629.72                     367,055.01

ROAD & BRIDGE          75,224.70                                                          70,445.94                     145,670.64

NOXIOUS WEED           10,231.33                                                           7,682.15                        17,913.48

R&B SPECIAL IMPR       21,075.00                                                                                                21,075.00

SHERIFF EQUIP              6,075.50                                                                                                   6,075.50

TREASURER EQUIP        7,000.00                                                                                                  7,000.00

HEALTH DEPT                 22,212.33             4,542.09                             26,025.97                       52,780.39

SANITATION                      6,585.16                                                           8,858.62                      15,443.78

GOLF COURSE                 8,644.22                                                           1,855.20                      10,499.42

PARKS & RECREATION    4,000.00                                                                                                               4,000.00

INSURANCE CLAIMS       43,043.04                                                                                             43,043.04

TOTALS                           457,013.36           46,245.30                           268,184.10                  771,442.76


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

 Adopted this 6th day of September, 2022



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                               


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Laura Montgomery, Certified County Clerk