January 4, 2022


JANUARY 4, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were:  Chairman, John Ruder; and Member, Greg Balthazor.  Tim Berland was absent due to illness.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  Ruder asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of December 28th and December 30th, and Ruder made a motion to approve both sets of minutes as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of December 28th and December 30th.  Ruder seconded the motion. 

In weekly reports, Balthazor mentioned he had received a call from a gentleman concerned about the Health Department doing away with home-health services.  After Balthazor had explained the situation, the caller was more understanding. 

Ruder reported a quiet week.  He had attended the Sacred Heart fund raiser for the school which had turned out to be a very nice event. 

Ruder made a motion to sign Resolution 2022-R1, the GAAP Resolution for 2022.  Balthazor seconded the motion.





  1. 2022-R1

                                          NOW ON this 4th day of January, 2022, the same being a regular meeting day of the Board of Rooks County Commissioners who is meeting with their Clerk and Attorney to conduct such business as may come before them:

                WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Rooks County, Kansas, has determined that the financial statements and financial reports for the year ending 2022 to be prepared in conformity with the requirement of K.S.A. 75-1120a(a) are not relevant to the requirements of the cash basis and budget laws of this state and are of no significant value to the Board of County Commissioners or the members of the general public of the county of Rooks; and

                WHEREAS, there are no revenue bond ordinances or other ordinances or resolutions of the municipality, which require financial statements and financial reports to be prepared in conformity with K.S.A. 75-1120a(a) for the year ended 2022.

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Governing Body of Rooks County, Kansas, in the regular meeting duly assembled this 4th day of January, 2022, that the Board of County Commissioners waives the requirements of K.S.A. 75-1120a(a) as they apply to the County of Rooks for the year ending 2022.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners shall cause the financial statements and financial reports of the County of Rooks to be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements as adjusted to show compliance with the cash basis and budget laws of this State.



John Ruder, Chairman

John Ruder

Greg Balthazor

Greg Balthazor


Tim Berland


Ruthmary Muir                             “Seal”



Ruder made a motion to sign Resolution 2022-R2, the ROZ (Rural Opportunity Zone) for the 2022 year.  Balthazor seconded the motion. 

Resolution No. 2022-2




Section 1.  Pursuant to K.S.A. 2021 Supp. 74-50,223, the Board of County Commissioners expressed its intent to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) student loan repayment program.

Section 2.  Rooks County has been designated a Rural Opportunity Zone pursuant to K.S.A. 2021 Supp. 74-50,222. As of July 1, 2021, the County population was 4,919 as certified by the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Section 3. Rooks County Commissioners hereby obligate Rooks County to participate in the ROZ student loan repayment program as provided by K.S.A. 2021 Supp. 74-50,223 for a period of five years, which shall be irrevocable.

Section 4. Rooks County agrees to pay in equal shares with the State of Kansas the outstanding student loan balance of any resident individual for five years if the resident individual meets the terms of qualification provided by the State of Kansas in K.S.A. 2021 Supp. 74-50,223, and the appropriate rules and regulations. The number of qualified resident individuals receiving such payments will be subject to the availability of funds.

Section 5. Rooks County intends to enter into partnerships with Cities, Employers, and Foundations for the direct sponsorship of Rural Opportunity Zone Applicants.  Sponsored Applicants must meet all qualifications of the ROZ program.  All sponsorships will be subject to ROZ student loan repayment rules and regulations.

Section 6.  The maximum student loan balance for each qualified resident individual to be repaid jointly by Rooks County and the State of Kansas shall be $15,000 over a term of five years.

Section 7.  Rooks County shall allocate $29,500.00 a year for the purpose of matching payments from the State of Kansasth to qualified resident individuals.    Rooks County shall revise its ROZ budget on an annual basis submitting a new Resolution to the State of Kansas by January 30th each year. Rooks County shall submit their obligation in full to the Department of Commerce before the first day of October each year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be published once in the official county newspaper and shall be in effect from and after its date of publication.

Adopted this 4th day of January 2022 by the Board of Rooks County Commissioners, Rooks County, Kansas.



John Ruder

John Ruder, Chairman

Greg Balthazor

Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member


Ruthmary Muir

Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk


A check was received from the State of Kansas in the amount of $1,000 for rent on the Water Resources building.  Ruder made a motion to endorse the check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded this motion. 

Ruder made a motion to sign a duplicate check written to employee Trish Kriley for the December payroll:  Check #29276 in the amount of $1,675.24.  Ms. Kriley’s check was not direct deposited due to an error on the routing number.  Balthazor seconded the motion.

The Commissioners reviewed and approved the appointments for the new year as follows.  Ruder made a motion to approve all appointments for the 2022 year.  Balthazor seconded this motion. 

                2022 APPOINTMENTS

  • Rooks County Commissioner Chairman – John Ruder
  • 911 Fees – $.53 per line
  • ADA Representative – Greg Balthazor
  • Airport Commission – Bryant Muir & Leonard Bristow Renewed – 3 Year Term until Year 2025
  • Airport Commission – Jonathan Berkley & Justin Casey & Holly Buss – 3 Year Term until Year 2023
  • Community Correction Representative – Greg Balthazor
  • Economic Development Representative – Greg Balthazor
  • Emergency Management Director – Tracy “Butch” Post
  • Local Emergency Planning – John Ruder
  • E-Waste Committee – Tim Berland
  • Solid Waste Committee – Tim Berland
  • County Health Officer – Dr. Jenny Maciaszek
  • E-Community Financial Review Board – April Brown, Kelly Hansen, Lisa Gilmore, Roger Hrabe & (Roger looking for one more to replace Steve Hanson)
  • Mental Health Board Representatives – Scott Bennett & Gary Knight as an alternate
  • County Mileage Rate – $.51 per mile
  • Noxious Weed Director – Michael Klein
  • NW KS Juvenile Justice Representatives – Greg Balthazor & Danielle Muir
  • NWKS Planning & Development Board – Tim Berland
  • NWKS Community Corrections Representative – Greg Balthazor
  • Senior Services Board – John Ruder
  • Work Force One Board Member – Greg Balthazor
  • County Land Surveyors:
    • Jerol DeBoer, Plainville, LS #1264
    • James Meis, Hays, LS #1533
    • Darrell Christen, Hays, LS #1367
    • Rich Bouchey, Stockton, LS #1444
    • Christopher Byer, Plainville, LS #1574
  • County Bank Depositors:
    • Astra
    • Farmers National Bank
    • First State Bank
    • Solutions Bank
    • Municipal Investments Pool, Topeka

—*– Ruder made a motion to assign both the Stockton Sentinel and the Plainville Times as ‘official’ newspapers, with the Plainville Times for 2022; and the County will have an option to bid out large publications between the two newspapers, such as the delinquent tax/tax sale publications.  Balthazor seconded this motion.

–*– Rooks County Golf Course Board:  Bob Plante, Rich Frederking, David Reed, Kelly Stewart & Gary Knight

The Commissioners discussed the snow clearing done at the Rooks County Airport after the snow.  The light snow and wind caused somewhat of a problem because of the blowing snow using the new tractor and brush.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported he had done some changing in his employee’s duties: moving some people around.  He has put ads on social media and the newspapers for shop help, and has received one interested person.  Bouchey may have a couple of employees retire soon.  Reclassifications and the Cost of Living for 2022 were discussed.  Ruder made a motion to reclassify Jim Rogers, John Hance, and David Dryden to Class III.  The motion also included giving Ronnie Rudman an additional 2% cost of living added to the 3% COL that all employees will be receiving on their January pay.  Rich Bouchey will only receive a 1% COL on his salary for 2022.  Balthazor seconded this motion. 

Bouchey reported his new pickup will not be ready until May or June.  Also, he will be doing some research on a new generator power pack for the shop. 

Bouchey plans to be in Salina on Thursday through Saturday for a Survey Seminar to keep up with his continuing education credits. 

Bouchey has started working on the Solid Waste Committee Program and meeting.  The Solid Waste Committee members are:  County Commissioner, Tim Berland; Stockton City Manager, Courtney Flower; Emergency Manager, Butch Post; Plainville City Sanitarian, Joel Collins, and Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  On the agenda are plans to raise the municipal waste fees at the Landfill; and Bouchey also heard from a resource manager that prices on the tires will be up quite a bit.  The Board will need to raise rates to cover the expenses. 

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

Adopted this 11th day of January, 2022



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                 


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk