July 31


JULY 31, 2023

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

The commissioners reviewed July 25th minutes. Ruder made a motion to accepted the minutes with corrections. Hilbrink second the motion and Berland agreed.

Hilbrink weekly report: Hilbrink visited with Randy Hrabe with NWKS P & D. There are currently no grants available for ambulances. Hrabe said he would visit with Hansen Foundation on behalf of the county. There is a LEPC meeting tonight.

Berland weekly report: Berland drove some of the roads. He saw where the weed department has been spraying. Berland said the road department needs to be mowing, especially around intersections. He hasn’t seen any mowing being done. The road department has four (4) or five (5) mowers.

Ruder weekly report: Ruder had a person contact him with concerns about ditch clean up around the county. This person would like to see the prisoners out to clean up the ditches. Ruder doesn’t think this is an option.

The commissioners received a check from the State of Kansas for the Water Resource Building rent for July and August.  Ruder made a motion to accept and endorse the check from the State of Kansas in the amount of $2,000. Hilbrink second the motion and Berland agreed.

Rich Bouchey, Road Supervisor, weekly report: They are laying rock between 11 Road and 12 Road. They should be done today. He has trucks at the Maddy pit. They are hauling rock from L Terr to N Terr.

 The #66 grader that was leaking oil into the engine is back from Concordia.

Bouchey and the commissioners discussed the fair and personnel being off that week. They are expecting a large turnout for the car races.

Bouchey presented job applications for commissioners to review.

Bouchey is getting equipment ready to be sold on Purple Wave on August 22nd

Ruder asked about the Landfill. Bouchey said he still needs to get rid of the oil.

Bouchey and the commissioners discussed road concerns. Hilbrink said she had a call on R Road.  The commissioners have been receiving complaints on several other roads as well. Berland asked about the ditches.

Bouchey and the commissioners discussed where his personnel are working and what they are currently working on. There is no grader man out by Dean Hrabe residence. Bouchey had talked to Sheila Parks and Dean Hrabe in June about the road.

Hilbrink said she had a complaint about phone calls not being returned.

At the request of Hilbrink, Ruder made a motion to go into executive session from 10:02 am to 10:12 am with Bouchey and the three commissioners. Upon returning to open session, there was no further discussion.

Bouchey and the commissioners discussed mowing. Bouchey said they mow around the cemeteries before Memorial weekend. From August to October, it is primary mowing season. He use to have nine (9) mowers but now he is down to five (5). There is one mower in the yard needing repairs.

Bouchey and the commissioners discussed spraying, trimming and mowing the weeds.

Bouchey presented the fuel bid for the month of August. Hilbrink announced the low bid from Midland Marketing; diesel $3.1619 and unleaded $2.9909.

Ruder made a motion to sign the Maintenance Agreement for Fire Alarm Special for the annual testing and inspection for $740.00. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.

Berland made a motion to sign the July 25th minutes. Hilbrink second the motion and Ruder agreed.

Received from High Plains Mental Health, their minutes from May 25th.  

Ruder move to review and approve July end of month payroll and vouchers as follows. Hilbrink second the motion and Berland agreed.


FUND                                    WARRANTS        EMPLE BEN         GROSS PAY                         TOTAL

General                                 175,702.44         43,383.21           161,248.07                         380,333.72

Road & Bridge                             294.00                                       77,167.09                           77,461.09

Noxious Weed                        21,776.55                                         9,031.48                            30,808.03

Health Department                                            3,084.18              18,137.39                            21,221.57

Sanitation                                                                                       10,318.20                           10,318.20

Golf Course                                                                                     1,698.09                              1,698.09

RCED                                     1,890.46              838.00                 4,873.96                              7,602.42

Insurance Claims                        49.84                                                                                           49.84

Grand Total                        199,713.29         47,305.39           282,474.28                         529,492.96


Kim Northup, County Treasurer, was in to visit with the commissioners about the courthouse hours on the doors. She requested her office hours be added.

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

Adopted this 8th Day of August, 2023




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                   


Kayla Hilbrink, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Laura Montgomery, Certified County Clerk