June 14


June 14, 2022

The Rooks County Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder; and Members, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland.  Laura Montgomery, County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Ruder brought the meeting to order and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Options was removed from the agenda as she was unable to come this week. Butch Post was added to the agenda at 10:00.

Heather Poore, County Appraiser, came in to visit with the commissioners about Wilkens Manufacturing Bldg.  She is wanting the county to pay for an outside appraisal on the building. She can use the appraisal for the next 5 years. If there is no outside appraisal, it could go to BOTA and they are 18 months out. This will affect 2022, 2023 and 2024 values.  Berland asked if Wilkens doesn’t agree then can it still can go to BOTA. Poore said yes but it is unlikely, she thinks the appraisal will come in higher than what she has it appraised at. Ruder thinks Wilkens won’t allow the fee appraisal and will pay the taxes as appraised. This would save the county the $2000 for outside appraisal. Berland asked if the appraisal is high than what Poore has it appraised at, will she raise the value? Poore said there would be no change to value unless the appraisal come back lower. Poore would also be able to use the appraisal as evidence in the future.

Ruder made a motion to allow the County Appraiser to hire Bill Lansdowne with The Simmons Company to appraise Wilkens buildings with the cost of $2,000 to be paid out of her budget.  Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed at the request of Poore.

Ruder made a motion for an executive session with three commissioners, Heather Poore and Laura Montgomery, for 5 minutes. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.  No further discussion upon returning to open session.

Lori Eichman, County Health Nurse, was in for the commissioners to sign a letter of Agreement.  Ruder made a motion sign letter of agree with Osborne County for the WIC program. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

Eichman asked the commissioners if she had to rent out her building every time someone asked. Ruder asked if she charged? Most of the time she doesn’t but if the person renting is making money, she does charge a small fee. She currently has someone who is asking to rent it weekly. She feels this could be a burden on her to pay the extra utility cost. The commissioners told her it was Ok to say no. The use of the building is at her discretion

Rich Bouchey was in with his weekly report. He has found a water truck he would like to purchase and a Caterpillar backhoe. He plans on using the money from purple wave to purchase water truck. The water truck is $85,000 delivered. It has a 2-year-old tank with mostly highway miles. The water truck and backhoe are two pieces of equipment that is used the most. Ruder asked what his plan are for the week. Bouchey the water truck is being used on 28 Road, they are laying down rock and fixing wash outs. He is preparing the roads for harvest.

Berland made a motion to purchase 2014 Pete 3500-gallon steel tank to be delivered for $85,000 and the caterpillar Model 420F2 Backhoe for the amount of $88,900. Balthazor second the motion and Ruder agreed.

Bouchey presented the landfill check in the amount of $11,389.20 to be signed. Ruder made a motion to sign the landfill check in the amount of $11,389.20. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed. Also presented was the May Fee Report.

Bouchey and the commissioners continued to discussed roads and equipment. Bouchey talked with Wade Ambrosia this morning and he is sending the grader-man out to blade the road today. Ruder asked about the black top. Bouchey is working on repairing the oil truck and then they will finish up today.

Commissioner reviewed last weeks’ minutes. They were approved with minor corrections.

Butch Post, Emergency Manager, sent notices to schools/hospital/utility companies for mitigation plans. He also needs one for the county. This covers storm damage, safe rooms and other storm related items. Ruder made a motion to sign the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Participation. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

There was a meeting on flood plan zoning from Upper Solomon-Saline.  Discussed was flooding concerns and mapping needs. This is the first phase of a FEMA Risk Map Project. A lot of this has to do with homeowners getting flood insurance.

Butch attended 911 training last week.

Ruder made a motion to accept the bid from INA-alert for the security at the Sheriff’s office.  Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

April 23 & 24 of next will be the courthouse 100 years celebration. It was requested to allow a budget for expenditures. Ruder made a motion to allow the Courthouse 100th Celebration Committee $3,000 for expenses to be paid out of the Commission’s budget. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

Montgomery had spoken with the insurance adjustor on the county buildings. The A/C Unit at the Museum was damaged by flying debris during the storm and needs to be replaced. Montgomery asked who they would like to replace the unit as well as who to take care of the units on top of the health department. It was decided to contact Tracy’s Plumbing, Heating and A/C to do the work.

Ruder made a motion to sign the Commissioners Fixed Assets and Inventory sheet for 2021. Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

Berland made a motion to sign the June 7th minutes. Ruder second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

Ruder made a motion to sign the Empower Administration Agreement for the county clerk to have access to the account to conduct county business.

Berland weekly report: Things have been quiet. Roads conditions are improving.

Balthazor weekly report: He had a DOC meeting last week. Discussed was approval of the budget and electronic monitor of juveniles. He had a Work force one meeting. Employers are still looking for workers and they are having trouble finding housing for workers. There is a RCED meeting on Monday. He had a complaint on 10 & 11 Roads north of Lindsey on J Road, there are low branches hitting equipment.

Ruder had another visit with Adam Comeau: EMS services are raising funds for ambulance sheds and the hospital is on board. Comeau agrees that after the purchase of the sheds, the county will own bldgs. Also, discussed was using Apra funds to purchase and ambulance. Ruder talked with Roger Hrabe about funding sources. The County would fund one ambulance and are looking for grants or other funds for the 2nd ambulance.

Ruder thinks that the insurance on the county vehicles is a separate deductible and would not be covered on the big deductible from the storm.

Commissioners ask Montgomery to visit with Zac about the pigeon problem at the courthouse.

Ruder made a motion to review and approve the weekly vouchers as follows: Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

June 14, 2022

County General                                78145 – 78175                                   14,649.30

Noxious Weed                                  78176 – 78185                                    36,325.46

Health Department                            78186 – 78191                                    951.21

Golf Course                                       78192 – 78183                                    256.18

RCED                                                78194 – 78195                                    150.12

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                            52,332.27


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

Adopted this 21st day of June, 2022



John Ruder, Chairman


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Laura Montgomery, Rooks County Clerk