March 22


March 22, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder and Member, Greg Balthazor.  Commissioner Tim Berland was absent due to an unfortunate fire near his residence.  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. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, presented an article with graphs that she had prepared explaining how she had valuated the residences, commercial and agricultural parcels throughout the County.  The agriculture values and vacant land values have moved very little, but the graphs depict the changes in commercial and residential values.  Poore asked the Board if she could put this article in the county newspapers for the public.  This was approved. 

Poore mentioned how concerned she is about the upcoming budgets and mill levies.  She requested purchasing a video showing how the levies work with the higher valuations.  The Commissioners asked to view the video first.  Poore will send the links to view the video.  Poore mentioned she had received several phone calls, and has had good conversations.  Very few people have been disgruntled with the higher values. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of March 15th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of March 15th as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of March 15th.  Ruder seconded this motion. 

Ruder made a motion to rescind the motion made the previous week concerning approval of the quote of $105,000 from Foley Equipment for the repairs to the 140H grader.  Balthazor seconded the motion. 

Ruder made a motion to approve a new quote received from Foley Equipment for the repairs for the 140H grader.  This quote included work needing done on the wheel hubs.  The new quote is for $126,605.56.  Balthazor seconded the motion. 

In weekly reports, Balthazor said he had travelled a few roads.  He had received a call from a resident thanking the Road & Bridge crew for grading the road on Saturday after the moisture received.  A resident had found an iron rebar sticking out of the center of the road on 31 Road between O & P Roads.  Balthazor had attended the Economic Development meeting held the previous evening.  There will be a Heartland Community Town Hall Meeting in Stockton on March 8th.  The NW KS Business Awards will be presented in Hays on April 7th.  The Economic Development Director mentioned that his laptop computer is going out. 

Ruder said he had met with the person that is moving towards getting bike trail improvements around the Plainville Lake.  He would like to pursue bike trails between the cities in Rooks County, and wondered about talking to landowners about easements on their property.  They discussed enticement options to get the landowners involved.  Grant money is available and the incentive for the County is that bike riders will travel to ride and bring some funding to the County.

Ruder had also received a thank you from a resident concerning the Logan Road. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, said the crews have been out to the Logan Road.  The weather is helping now with the recent moisture received from the rain and snow.  The crew is hauling fresh shale there now, and they will add good sand. 

Foley Equipment mechanics have begun working on the 140H Cat grader.  A couple of graders had been in the shop last week for maintenance, and all equipment is out and running. 

The Board discussed the Zurich black top cost share program.  They asked Bouchey to check and see if it is possible to bank the funds this year and try and apply for more funds next year.  Bouchey will talk with a representative from Penco Engineering.  Bouchey did not think this would be approved by the State. 

Balthazor talked to Bouchey about the rebar found on 31 Road.  Bouchey said it is a survey corner marking someone’s property, and it must have gotten pulled up.  The survey stake will need to be re-set.  

Chuck Comeau and Leasa Hrabe, representing the finance committee for the Red Bud Nursing Facility, presented paperwork with figures pre- and post-Covid.  Their proposal after bringing in some funding was to move forward and try to gain enough funding so to qualify for financing.  The goal is to make the nursing facility and assisted living complex a city facility instead of a county facility. They requested help from the County to get a feasibility and market study funded for $140,000 and to somehow issue no-fund warrants.   

Ruder made a motion to sign a notice to Township #11 that Justin Casey is planning to have a special event CMB license for a golf tournament to be held on April 30th as a fund-raiser for the Plainville Fire Department.  Balthazor seconded the motion. 

Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit Township Bond Insurance reimbursement checks as follows.  Balthazor seconded the motion. 

                Township #3 – $43.24

                Township #7 – $179.18

                Township #9 – $37.61

                Township #11 – $522.41

A budget memo to send to all departments was approved asking all department budgets to be submitted by May 17th, 2022.

The Commissioners set the date of the 100th Year Celebration of the Rooks County Courthouse to be on April 20th and 21st, 2023. 

A letter was received from Sherry Koster, Sanitarian with the NCK LEPG., announcing she had taken a new job and would be quitting her duties as sanitarian.  Her last day will be April 5th

The 2021 Annual Reports received from Townships #3 and #8 were reviewed.   

the motion. 

                March 22, 2022

County General                                 77619-77652                       16,268.75

Health Department                            77653-77660                       14,468.95

Dare Fund                                         77661                                    73.50

CKLS                                                77662                                    2,608.95

                GRAND TOTAL                                                              33,420.15

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

Adopted these March 22nd , 2022 MINUTES on March 29th, 2022



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                               


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk