May 24


MAY 24, 2022

The Rooks County 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 brought the meeting to order and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of May 17th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of May 17th with a few changes.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the May 17th minutes.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Berland had talked to a grader operator about grading the Logan Road after a small rain.  It only took one day before the road turned to powder, but the rain today should be helping.  Berland plans to join a zoom meeting on Wednesday with NWKS Planning & Development.

Balthazor presented a booklet pertaining to the recruitment incentive for NW Kansas that he had received at the Economic Development meeting the evening before. 

Economic Development meeting Highlights:

  • State YEC Competition turned out well. The Rooks County teams did really good.
  • The State of Kansas plans to hire a full-time Economic Development Director.
  • The Highway 24 Consignment Auctions will be held soon.
  • Rooks County Arts Council plans to have a barn quilt display and paint a mural on the corner of the Stockton stoplight.
  • $60,000 grant proposal to help with northwest Kansas business and wages in process.
  • A new trucking business is going into Woodston.
  • Heartland Grant still has twenty (20) groups in line for some funding.

Ruder plans to attend the Red Bud Village Board meeting on Thursday to see how the facility and new administrator are doing.  The new administrator should be close to being done with her training hours and ready to take the test this summer.  Ruder had visited with the County Clerk and the County Treasurer concerning the Wilkens Manufacturing Plant request of lower appraisal valuations.  Ruder plans to visit with Steve Wilkens again with the explanations. 

Ruder called the County Attorney, Danielle Muir to ask about the tax sale.  Danielle Muir said it has been put on hold until after the 10-day murder trial she is involved with. 

Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit the rent check from the State of Kansas for the rent of the Water Resources Building.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

An early payroll check was approved for Donna Speake.  An error was noticed on her March payroll and corrected.  Ruder made the motion to sign and approve.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

A thank you card was received from the Stockton After Prom Bash from the Rooks County Commissioners. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, brought the Commissioners rain gauges that he had received as favors to give at the Landfill booth at the Rooks County Free Fair. 

Bouchey reported his new pickup is here. 

Bouchey gave an update on all the equipment and the repairs needed.  Bouchey and his crew is watching the excavator as the ‘thumb’ on the excavator was damaged, and the bucket has been welded several times.  The excavator has several hours on it – may need to look for a trad-in eventually.

The bridge on 11 Road between A/B Road has been torn out.  Pictures have been sent to Penco Engineering and forwarded to the State as well.  This was needed to get the $50,000 reimbursement by taking it out of the system.   

The ‘new’ used water truck in in the shop.  The tank will need to get re-lined, and the shop crew is putting in shocks. 

Tanya Rohr, With Senior Companions, brought in their budget request for 2023.  Last year they did not request any funding because of the pandemic.  Everyone is back to work now, and they have received a small increase in pay from the State.  The following Rooks County Senior Companions were in attendance:

                Linda Paley – 5 Years and 3 Clients

                Jim Paley – 5 Years

                Glen Buss – 6 Years as a Teacher Aide

                Betty Cadoret – 19 Years as a Foster Grandparent & 25 Years as a Senior Companion

Rohr said there is a need for more foster grandparents.  The clients do not pay a fee for services.  Plainville could use more volunteers for companion.  Ruder said the Commissioners will continue to support the program and the services they provide for our communities. 

The Rooks County Golf Course Committee members were present to talk to the Commissioners about much needed repairs and improvements that done at the golf course.  Representing the committee were:  Sam Jackson, Brian Berkley, David Reed, Rick Bice and Kayla Hilbrink.  Ruder reported that he had talked to Heritage Insurance about claims at the golf course from the December wind storm.  Hilbrink has applied for a grant for ball cleaners and other small items.  The Committee has received a $4,000 grant for a new fairway mower, but it isn’t enough funding and the grant will need to be funded by other means, as well.  The Committee requested money from the ARPA Funds, presenting two bids for mowers.  Also discussed was the club house.  The Roof s leaking on the main building and a question was asked if this would be covered by insurance.  The course does have some un-used equipment they would like to sell by bids, and asked about how this process would work.  Ruder explained this can be done, but the surplus property would need to be sold by sealed bids.  No decisions were made about the purchase of mowers. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, and Terri Moore, Rooks County Deputy Treasurer, talked with the Commission about the tax sale.  Northup requested the Commissioners delay the sale until September so that any delinquent taxes for 2021 can be added to the sale.  Northup asked about hiring an outside company to do the tax sale.  Ruder told Northup to look into hiring someone else to do the sale. 

Ruder made a motion to review and sign the following weekly vouchers.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.

                May 24, 2022

County General                                78029-78043                                         5,067.73

Road & Bridge                                   78044-78063                                       24,961.25

Noxious Weed                                  78064-78068                                         6,800.40

Sheriff Equipment Reserve               78069-78070                                       11,135.00

Health Department                           78071-78073                                         1,357.25

Sanitation                                         78074-78078                                       10,663.27

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                           59,984.90

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

Adopted this 31st day of May, 2022



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                             


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk