March 29


MARCH 29, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder; and Members, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland.  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 reviewed and approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of March 22nd.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of March 22nd as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of March 22nd.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, asked about the Commissioner’s reactions to a video that she would like to purchase concerning how taxes and valuations work, and how the process is gone through.  The videos had not been reviewed thoroughly; so, the Commissioners watched three videos explaining the processes.  Poore said the county entities that do use the videos have 40% less phone calls from taxpayers.  The Commissioner approved Poore to purchase one video in the amount of $540 to see how well it is perceived by the public before purchasing more.  Ruder made a motion to allow Poore to purchase the video at $540.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.

Richard Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, made a little bit of progress last week with the roads.  Logan Road will still need sand and rock.  Coffeyville Resources’ drivers that have drove the Codell road south thought the road has turned out well.

Berland and Balthazor discussed some road complaints they had received:  10 Road, 28 Road, and the Red Line Road.  Other road complaints included S Road between 22/26 Roads, R Road and O Road.  Bouchey mentioned he is getting geared up to do some patching with the oil distributor.  Bouchey will go to Topeka, load the oil distributor up to take to Kansas City to fill with oil and then back to Topeka to get tested to make sure all is working well before loading up and bringing home. 

Bouchey discussed having a booth at the Rooks County Free Fair and what should be distributed as give-a-ways.        

Bouchey said that Jerol Deboer, with Penco Engineering, plans to re-write the agreement to change the scope of the work needing done on the Zurich black-top – to do less miles. 

Bouchey presented pictures of the new dump truck that has a crack in the frame.  Midwest Truck Supply in Wichita did the work of putting the hydraulic pump on, and Bouchey thinks they did the damage at that time.  Bouchey has talked to the County Attorney about his options and asking for ways to get the damage fixed.  The other two newer trucks were fitted in the same way. 

Bouchey also presented pictures of an accident with a belly dump truck on 18/R Road.  The driver of the truck hit an oil pump on a lease road while turning around.  The County’s liability insurance will cover the accident.  The oil pump that was hit was not in operation at the time as it had been on fire the previous week. 

Lucretia Holterman, Development Director with the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center; and supported by Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; and Collin Hockett, Deputy; requested continued support from the County Commissioners for all the work they do within the County.  They are requesting $5,000 for 2023, plus also some consideration for the ARPA funding to help cover their bus, company cars and fuel. 

The Commissioners had received information that the American Legion would like to pay for and repair the gas torch that is in front of the Courthouse.  The Commissioners agreed to let the American Legion group go forward in getting the torch fixed – hopefully in time for the 100th Celebration of the Courthouse.

In weekly reports, Berland stated he was glad to see the road crew working on the Logan Road.  He had received a few calls about road concerns that he had forwarded on to the Road Foreman.  Berland discussed the Road & Bridge hours and needing to get the crews out working on Friday after receiving any moisture.  The crew has been working four 10-hour days through the winter, which isn’t going well because of the shortened daylight hours.  Berland thought changes will need to be made.

Berland will be joining the zoom meeting with NWK Planning & Development this week. 

Balthazor plans to attend the Stockton City Town Hall meeting scheduled for the evening.  He had talked to the Road Supervisor already about the road concerns he had had. 

Balthazor had joined the Work Force One zoom meeting held the Friday before.

Ruder had attended a Red Bud Village Board meeting the previous week.  The numbers at the home are increasing and looking much better.  The management team is still in place, but they are looking forward to the new administrator taking the helm and eventually getting agency personnel replaced with locals.  There had been some water leaks in the building; they have been repaired.  There is an issue with the double doors between the new and old parts of the facility that have settled and needs repaired.   The feasibility study was discussed at the board meeting, and they agreed that it doesn’t make any sense to put any money into updating the 1962 building, and they would like to move forward with a new facility. 

Ruder made a motion to sign a bond insurance reimbursement check received from Township #10 in the amount of $348.05.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Balthazor made a motion to sign for deposit a check received from the State of Kansas in the amount of $1,000 for rent of the Water Resources Building.  Ruder 2nd the motion and Berland agreed.

Ruder made a motion to sign Resolution 2022-R4 (wage policy) and the new Personnel Policy with the wage policy added.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

[Wage Policy and updated Personnel Policy on file in the County Clerk’s Office]

Balthazor requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel for ten minutes between 11:36 and 11:46 am.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  Those in attendance for the executive meeting were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Greg Balthazor, and Tim Berland.  When returning to regular session, there was no further business. 

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



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                            


Greg Balthazor, Member                                                                                                                                                                            


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk