January 3, 2023


January 3, 2023

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder, and Member, Tim Berland. Laura Montgomery, County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgie Laska was present to write a report for Stockton Sentinel. Kayla Hilbrink was present. Ruder called the meeting to order and asked all to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lori Eichman was added to the agenda, the agenda was accepted.

The commissioners reviewed the December 30th minutes.  Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Berland second the motion.

Ruder signed a hand written check to correct the payee from Solutions North Bank to Sheriff Vehicle Fund.

The commissioners reviewed the emergency action plan as requested by Butch Post, EMD.

Ruder made a motion to accept and endorse the Water Resource Rent from the State of Kansas in the amount of $1,000.00. Berland second the motion.

Lori Eichman, County Health Nurse, was in to visit with the commissioner about an employee.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. To include Ruder, Berland, Eichman & Hilbrink from 9:10 to 9:15. Ruder asked for an additional 3 minutes to 9:18. Upon returning to open session, there was no further discussion.

Berland weekly report: Talked to Rich about a road last week. With the moisture over the last couple of days, it would be nice for the road crew to work the roads.

Ruder has a meeting on Thursday and will report next week. He had a few road concerns, mostly just needs some moisture.

Ruder made a motion to sign Resolution No. 2023-R1 aka the GAAP Resolution. Berland second the motion.

Ruder made a motion to rescind the motion to transfer $150,000. Made a motion to transfer $100,000 out of ARPA for the same purpose. After completing the end of the year payments, only needed that amount 2nd Tim Berland.

Rich Bouchey, Road Supervisor, weekly report:  Presented new landfill rates as follows:

                Minimum Charge:            $10.00

                Municipal Waster             $40.00   Minimum weight 500 lbs.

                Under 500 lbs.                   $10.00

                Construction Waster       $30.00 Minimum wight 680 lbs.

                Under 680 lbs.                   $10.00

                Tire Prices

                                Car Tires $10.00

                                Truck Tires $15.00

                                Truck Tires with Rims $25.00

                                Tractor Tires $30.00

                                Tractor Tires with Rims $35.00

He had a meeting this morning with his employees to cover being short employees. Gail Strutt will be assistant supervise and Ronnie Rudman will be project manager.  The graders will be focusing on the high traffic roads. Berland discussed hiring women in the road department. Bouchey said he would hire a woman.

Ruder made a motion to go into executive session from 10:10 to 10:20 with Ruder, Berland, Bouchey, & Hilbrink. Upon returning to open session, there was no further discussion.

Bouchey will have reclassification this month. Reclassification was part of the meeting he had this morning with his employees.

Bouchey has a new plan in place to equipment service. Bridge crew is going to build a new gate at the Macke pit and cut down some trees. Still working on 2 Road and plan on getting rock on it.

Heather Poore, County Appraiser, was in to visit with the commissioners about the misunderstanding on the employee carrying over the leave. Wants the county to have a maternity/paternity policy. Has an agreement that spells out what the employee will use and work.

Cost index went up 20% for material. Will have numbers on the website as soon as she gets valuations completed. Expect a 20% increase across the board. Ag land value is based on an 8-year average. Prices on home have gone up substantially.  Discussed what she uses and how she values homes.

The commissioners reviewed the minutes for December 27th and approved with corrections.

Berland made a motion to sign December 27th and December 30th minutes. Ruder second the motion.

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

Adopted this 10th day of January, 2023



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                


Kayla Hilbrink, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Laura Montgomery, Certified County Clerk