March 7, 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.
Mike Klein was in to have the commissioners sign the Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report 2023 and Management Plan for 2023. Ruder made a motion to sign the State of Kansas Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report 2023 and the Management Plan for 2023. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.
They discussed the prices on used trucks from JJ Auto and Keller Motors. Klein offered to give Zac his old truck instead of selling it. It is a 1991 single cab Chevy. Klein requested rehiring Liam Pasilas for parttime summer help. The commissioners agreed to this.
April Brown as a taxpayer was in to discuss Township #2 Treasurer not paying bills and not filling out required reports. Hilbrink said she would talk to him.
Butch Post was in to ask if the commissioners had decided on increasing his wages. Ruder requested an executive session from 9:20 am to 9:25 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Those in attendance were Commissioners Ruder, Berland, and Hilbrink and Butch Post, EMD. Ruder requested and additional 5 minutes to 9:30 am. There was no further discussion upon returning to open session.
The commissioners reviewed February 28th minutes. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections. Hilbrink second the motion and Berland agreed.
Rich Bouchey, Road Supervisor, weekly report: He presented the landfill check in the amount of $8,823.60. Hilbrink has been working with Kelli Hansen to get the county a matching grant for the Zurich Blacktop Road. the project bid is $1,916,586 for the 9.8 miles. The county received one million from KDOT and Bouchey has $350,000 in his budget. Hilbrink had some questions from Hansen for the grant. When was the last time the road was resurfaced? It was chip sealed in 2016. It has a scheduled maintenance to be chip sealed every 5 years. The County has 1,333 miles of roads. The County will need to pay Penco and fees not included in the bid.
Bouchey presented the signed agreement from APAC for the Zurich Blacktop Road. The commissioners discussed options if the county does not get the grant that Kelli Hansen is working on.
Ruder asked about the oil distributor. The commissioners discuss Jason and Lisa Nyp’s concerns from last week and Damar City wanting to chip seal their roads this fall. Bouchey has some roads he would also like to crack seal.
Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel with Commissioners Ruder, Hilbrink and Berland along with Gail Strutt and Rich Bouchey for 15 minutes from 10:23 am to 10:45 am. At 10:45 Ruder requested an additional 5 minutes. Upon return to open session there was no further discussion.
Bouchey and commissioners discussed road concerns.
Kaley Conner and James with High Plains Mental Health was to give their annual report and discuss the services provided. High Plains receive two federal grants in the last few years. This is allowing High Plains Mental Health to grow and to hire additional staff. They will be able to continue the new services even though the federal funding is ending. They provide services on a sliding fee scale. The appropriation from the county allows them to keep their services affordable. They are requesting the same funding as last year in the amount of $31,641.23. The total cost for services in Rooks County was $679,000.
Ruder made a motion to sign hand checks to correct vendors as follows. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.
Check #80076A to Colonial Life Insurance $294.31
Check #80076B to Liberty National Life Insurance $143.50
Check #80070 to Rooks County Health Benefits $1061.31
Ruder made a motion to endorse the State of Kansas Water Resource rent check in the amount of $1,000. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.
Ruder made a motion to endorse Twp #12 Bond Check in the amount of $156.59. Berland second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.
Berland made a motion to sign Development Services Agreement for Services. Ruder second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.
Hilbrink made a motion to put to open vote the sale of the property owned by Rooks County, located at 1000 S Washington, Plainville City, a/k/a Redbud Village and Redbud Estate. Ruder second the motion and Berland agreed.
Hilbrink vote YES, Berland vote YES, Ruder vote YES.
Hilbrink made a motion to dispose by public sale the property the County owns at 1000 S Washington in Plainville City a/k/a Redbud Village and Redbud Estate. After publication of Notice for three consecutive weeks, sale of the property will be held in the County Commissioner’s Room on April 4th at 10:30 a.m. Berland second the motion and Ruder agreed.
Berland weekly report: He heard that Jason Kephart plans on opening a place to eat in Logan.
Hilbrink weekly report: She had calls on property valuation that were sent out by the Appraiser. She also had calls on the roads. Heartland Community Foundation has not received the funds promised to them in February. Montgomery will look into this.
Ruder made a motion to review and sign the weekly vouchers as follows. Hilbrink second the motion and Berland agreed.
FUND WARRANT # AMOUNT
County General 80082-80098 9,507.11
Health Department 80099-80104 4,535.00
Custodian Equip Res 80105 309.99
Golf Course 80106-80107 1,247.00
RCED 80108-80109 154.56
Grand Total 15,753.66
After some discussion, the commissioners decided to table Post request for wage increase until next week.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Hilbrink second the motion and Hilbrink agreed.
Adopted this 14th Day of March, 2023
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Kayla Hilbrink, Member
Tim Berland, Member
Laura Montgomery, Certified County Clerk