January 25


JANUARY 25, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were:  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 with the addition of Lori Eichman, Health Department Administrator.

Lori Eichman, Health Department Administrator, presented forms for signature to terminate the home health program.  Ruder made a motion to sign CMS form 855a voluntarily terminating the Medi-care Home Health Program at the Rooks County Health Department.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Eichman had asked the custodian to look at the Health Department’s front door as it would not shut properly.  The custodian thought it would need professional help to get fixed.  Eichman has contacted the State Glass Company out of Hays, but has not received any information back as of yet. 

Eichman also mentioned the vehicle purchased for the Home Health Agency is no longer needed with the department doing away with the program.  The Commissioners will discuss what they would like to do with the car.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of January 18th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a minor adjustment.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of January 18th.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

A notice was received from Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc. saying their company had reviewed the service at the Rooks County Golf Course.  The service had not used more than 30 KW in the past eighteen (18) months and is eligible to be moved to a General Service Small – Multi Phase rate which should reduce the monthly cost.  Prairie Land is switching the service to a GSS-Multi Phase rate effective with the next billing.  If the KW demand exceeds 30 KW in the future the service will be transferred back to a General Service Medium rate. 

A letter was received from EMC Insurance regarding the claim information from the damages received on the buildings at the fairgrounds and the golf course during the wind storm on December 15th

In weekly reports, Berland mentioned he had talked to the Road Supervisor about the Red Line Road for two miles from 2 Road west to the Graham County Line.  Berland also said that Graham County had replaced culverts on the county line near the Damar Cemetery.

Balthazor had travelled some county roads reciting that they were rough, although, the dirt roads were smooth and good.  He did not see any major problems – just some dust pockets. 

Balthazor had joined the Economic Development meeting the previous evening.  Highlights included:

  • Twenty (20) Youth Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Still looking for representatives from Palco, Damar and Woodston.
  • A grant is being considered for tourism.  A commercial kitchen is being discussed for the building at the Golf Course.  

Ruder reported Red Bud announced that Jody Ostmeyer has been hired as the new administrator.  She will complete her training while the interim administrator is around through the transition. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented both the Road & Bridge and the Landfill fee reports for December, 2021.  These were approved. 

Bouchey presented a check in the amount of $16,742.30 for cash and charges at the landfill.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agree. 

Another check was presented in the amount of $240.00 for scrap metal sold.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded this motion, and Berland agreed. 

Bouchey mentioned the crew is hauling north of Woodston.  Bouchey had noticed a huge problem with badgers burrowing under the blacktop near the C Road intersection.  He has contacted the game warden, and would like to find someone who would do some trapping. 

The Board discussed some road concerns to pass along to Bouchey.  They discussed equipment – the reclaimer is in Concordia getting the injectors replaced.  Bouchey mentioned that to order the jump starter generator, it will most likely be twenty-one (21) weeks out.  Bouchey has also been looking at mowers.  He has requested some information for a Tiger mower. 

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

The Township #1 Board has recommended Downer Hull for their Clerk to replace Larry Lala since Lala’s death.  Balthazor made a motion to appoint Downer Hull to the Township #1 Board as Clerk effective immediately.  Berland seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign two Notice to Township Board forms for Annette and Greg Overlease dba Webster Bait and Tackle for licenses to sell cereal malt beverages at their business by Webster Lake –   one license for such sales to be in broken case lots; and one license for such sales not to be in broken case lots.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to approve representatives (Dale Boucher, John Ruder, and Zach Brown) to sign at Heartland Building Center for supplies for the Golf Course.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

The Commissioners reviewed the Treasurer’s Quarterly Statement dated December 31, 2021.

The Commissioners reviewed the 2021 Annual Reports for Township #1 Township #5, and Township #11.

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

                January 25, 2022

County General                                 77200-77233                       488,253.55

Noxious Weed                                  77234                                          201.42

Health Department                           77235-77244                          14,346.29

Rooks County Golf Course               77245-77246                              781.82

                GRAND TOTAL                                                            503,583.08

With a reminder that the Board would meet on Monday, January 31st to approve the end-of-the-month payroll; and on Tuesday, February 1st for their regular meeting, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.

Adopted this 1st day of February, 2022



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                             


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk