February 28


February 28, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioner’s 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.  The Commissioners were meeting on a Monday, instead of a Tuesday, for the purpose of reviewing and approving the February end of month vouchers and payroll.  Ruder called the meeting to order and asked all to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator, presented grants that she will be applying for the next fiscal year of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  Eichman will be taking on the role of the North West Bioterrorism Region Administrator.  Thus, the Health Department will be the fiscal agent for this group as of July 1st.  One grant application to be signed was for the aid to the local group’s region in the amount of $44,110.00.  The second grant application was for the normal grants that the department applies for (COVID-19, Family Planning, Immunizations Plans, Maternal L& Child Health, and Public Health Emergency Preparedness) in the amount of $139,847.61.  Ruder made a motion to sign both grant applications.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Eichman presented an estimate from State Glass Co., Inc. to repair the front door at the Health Department in the amount of $3,125.00.  Berland made a motion to have State Glass Co., Inc. do the repairs on the door for the estimate received.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Eichman asked about whether the Board had decided on how to dispose of the 2016 Chrysler 200 vehicle that the Health Department no longer needs.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to make the 2016 Chrysler 200 excess equipment and no longer needed.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  Ruder then made a motion to allow the Health Department to advertise the vehicle and sell on Purple Wave.  Berland seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Kelly Muir, Rooks County Free Fair’s secretary, presented the 2022 Member Roster for the Rooks County Free Fair.  The RCFF board had recently received two new members and will be getting another new member soon due to Board members retiring.  Balthazor made a motion to approve the 2022 Rooks County Free Fair Board Members as follows.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.

                2022 ROOKS COUNTY FREE FAIR BOARD

Dean Hrabe, President                                                  Joe Becker                                          Rod Becker

Kelly Muir, Secretary                                                      Tom Benoit                                         Dixie Miller

Ruthmary Muir, Treasurer                                             Anna Luna                                           Jess Iwanski

Leonard Bristow, 1st Vice President                              Steve Riffel                                         Doug Keas

David Pieper, 2nd Vice President                                   Kirk Green                                          Jeff Keller

Laura Moffet                                                                   Dan Kriley                                            Jerry Miller

Cade Beesley                                                                  Jason Ochampaugh                           Brian Pelton

Steve Cook                                                                      Shawn Roy                                       Henry Sander

The 2022 Fair schedule was discussed with quite a few changes being made this year. 

There was quite a bit of wind damage at the horse barns from the December wind storm.  The insurance adjuster has estimated the repairs at $48,000.  The roofs will be repaired, but the Board is having trouble getting any bids until they know for sure what the repairs will entail.  The Board has secured a stone mason for repairs to be done on the buildings.  He is supposed to be here in May.  The guard rail on the race track has to be replaced.  The board will be replacing 800’ of guard rail which will cost approximately $3,000 – $4,000.  Kelly Muir reminded the Commissioners that the HVAC has to be replaced in the 4-H Building, and the plan is to use some of the ARPA funding for that. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of February 22nd.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of February 22nd as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of February 22nd.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.

After some discussion Ruder made a motion to re-assign Zach Brown, Custodian, as the Rooks County Building Maintenance Supervisor at $19.50 per hour effective with the March payroll.  Brown will be doing the preventative maintenance on all county-owned buildings that do not have any maintenance plans already in place.  Brown will also do any repairs and take care of any issues that may arise.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the forms sent to re-engage the Loyd Group, LLC for consultation services, regarding utilization and reporting of Coronavirus State and local fiscal Recovery Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  The forms signed were: Amendment to Consulting Engagement Letter dated 08/24/2021 and Consent granted to Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC to provide Loyd Group, LLC with the confidential information and documents of Rooks County.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  

A check was received from the State of Kansas in the amount of $1,000 for rent to the Water Resource Building.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.

A thank you card was received from OPTIONS for the County’s support.

A W-9 was signed for St. Francis Ministries per their request.

In weekly reports, Berland reported he had received several complaints about the Logan Road.  He had a lengthy conversation with the Brumbaugh’s about the condition of the road. The Commissioners continued their discussion about the road crews keeping the heavily trafficked roads maintained instead of building new roads, although they thought parts of the Logan Road may need re-rocked at this time.  Balthazor reported that he had not had any complaints, but had talked to several residents that agreed that the grader operators needed to stay off the chalk roads until more moisture is received. 

Ruder mentioned he will be attending meetings on Thursday with Red Bud and the Plainville Community Foundation as well. 

Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, announced that Rooks County has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Trust Fund Grant through the Kansas State Historical Society in the amount of $81,746.  The grant will be used to restore the exterior of the Rooks County Courthouse. 

Balthazor made a motion to review, approve and sign the end of the month vouchers and February payroll.  Berland seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

     February 28, 2022 (weekly)

                                                                VOUCHER           EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY         TOTAL

County General                                 137,043.88           39,735.04             151,796.92           328,575.84

Road & Bridge                                                                                                76,046.25             76,046.25

Noxious Weed                                    1,824.06                                               3,591.67               5,415.73

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                 1,400.00                                                                           1,400.00

Health Department                                                             4,339.69               26,311.96             30,651.65

Sanitation                                                                                                           8,795.39               8,795.39

Rooks County Golf Course                 352.05                                                                                   352.05

Economic Develop EX TR                2,135.13                      783.86                  4,686.50               7,605.49

                GRAND TOTAL               142,755.12               44,858.59             271,228.69           458,842.40


  February 29, 2022 (monthly)

                                                                VOUCHER           EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY         TOTAL

County General                                 379,922.90               39,735.04             151,796.92           571,454.86

Road & Bridge                                     71,170.80                                             76,046.25             147,217.05

Noxious Weed                                      6,019.39                                               3,591.67               9,611.06

R&B-Special HWY Improve                15,100.00                                                                           15,100.00

Attorney Equipment Reserve               2,272.50                                                                             2,272.50

Sheriff Equipment Reserve                  3,210.00                                                                             3,210.00

Health Department                               4,422.62                 4,339.69               26,311.96             35,074.27

Commissioner’s Equip Reserve      200,000.00                                                                           200,000.00

Sanitation                                            3,571.78                                                8,795.39               12,367.17

Rooks County Golf Course                    546.95                                                                                  546.95

Economic Develop EX TR                  4,285.50                       783.86              4,686.50                 9,755.86

Alcohol Program                                 800.00                                                                                   800.00

Dare Fund                                           438.97                                                                                   438.97

Sheriff VIN Registration Fund             250.00                                                                                   250.00

Sales Tax                                        27,375.00                                                                             27,375.00

                GRAND TOTAL                719,386.41           44,858.59             271,228.69           1,035,473.69

Zach Brown, Custodian, was called in to let him know the decision the Commissioners had made with his new title as Rooks County Buildings Supervisor and the wage increase which will be effective on the March payroll. 

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




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                    ATTEST:


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Greg Balthazor, Member                                                              Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk



Tim Berland, Member