The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session. Commissioners present were: 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. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and the agenda was approved.
Sherry Koster, with NWCKLEPG, presented the January through June progress report. Koster had received several calls and questions from the counties within the district, but the permit numbers are slightly down. The Commissioners reviewed and approved the reports.
The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from August 3rd. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a couple of minor changes. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of August 3rd. Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
Ruder had talked to Candace Rachel and she said that Susan Augustine from the Cemetery 14 (Paradise Center) reported she had to take the padlocks off the gates that Mrs. Boeckner had put on, because she had found out it was illegal to have them on the cemetery gates. The cemetery board will need to handle any situations that occur.
In weekly reports, Berland said he had spoke with a Plainville resident. She was concerned about the EMS and dispatching in Plainville. Balthazor reported needing a culvert fixed at 25/26 Road & U/V Road. The water was running over the road there because of a plugged culvert. Balthazor talked to Johni Keller, the Palco City Mayor, about the old ambulance stored in Palco. Keller understands the ambulance needs to be either sold or gotten rid of as it is no longer viable. Balthazor had also talked to Julie Cole, the EMS Director, about trying to get more full-time employees. The Commissioners discussed services and funding. Julie Cole and Courtney Hrabe will be asked to come to a meeting to get some issues ironed out.
The Commissioners reviewed the Treasurer’s quarterly report dated July 31, 2021. This was approved.
Ruder made a motion to review, sign, and approve the weekly vouchers as follows. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
August 10, 2021
County General 76024-76052 $19,691.38
Noxious Weed 76053-76055 $318.58
Sheriff Equipment Reserve 76056 $3,606.00
Health Department 76057-76062 $1,529.28
Emergency Management Equipment 76063 $3,606.00
Rooks County Golf Course 76064-76067 $341.42
GRAND TOTAL $29,092.66
Loren Goodheart was present to request help in funding a county-wide art council/group. The original Stockton Arts Council had quit functioning about four or five years ago and has lost their tax ID. They have had some planning meetings with a lot of interest from all the surrounding towns. The filing fee for a new 501c3 tax ID is $600.00. The council plans to bring in activities and art things for the school, work with dance groups, and they are looking at doing murals at some of the cities. They are looking into getting concerts, day trips, and plays for the children. Their new group would not be part of either National or State, but they still have to have all guidelines and articles of incorporation in place. Ruder made a motion to fund $300.00 to the art council to be paid out of the Federal Land Payment Fund, as the Commissioners like the idea of promoting Rooks County. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
The Commissioners reconvened at the Rooks County Free Fair Grounds to tour the site. At the fairgrounds, the Commissioners met with Kelly Muir, RCFF Secretary; and Laura Moffet, RCFF Executive Board Member. The buildings were looked at – the fair board has contracted with a stone mason to seal and restore some of the buildings. Also, the 4-H building was looked at. The heaters and AC’s are in need of replacement. The fair board has talked about re-modeling the 4-H building as it is in need of some updates.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Adopted this 17th day of August, 2021
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Tim Berland, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk